A Professional Drinker's Guide to NYC

January 18, 2020

Looking for the best bars in NYC? 

Though we like to consider ourselves seasoned barflies, it’s always best to defer to the professionals. So we asked these cocktail experts about their favorite spots to catch a buzz in NYC. Here are their favorite bars, breweries, and speakeasies in the city.

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    Wine Tasting 101

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    With our resident sommelier, you will have an opportunity to taste and contrast six different wines, which will be on a rotational basis by seasonality. In the process, we aim to help you learn such wine basics as varietal, tasting techniques, region/history, everyday-practical wine appreciation tips etc. In addition, it is our goal that through our discussions, it would help calibrate your palate as you embark on this lifelong adventure called wine. Prepare to leave this class one step closer to being a sommelier or simply impressing friends with your newfound knowledge at the next dinner party. No experience is necessary as this is a fun and instructive event open to anyone who is interested in expanding their knowledge of wine.
    Wine Tasting 101

    50 3rd Ave, New York

    • Build your basic wine knowledge with a resident sommelier
    • Enjoy a tasting of six different wines from various regions
    • Engage your senses while having fun and possibly discovering a new favorite wine!
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    Classic and Creative Cocktails

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    In two fun-filled hours you can become a confident bartender, creating delicious and gorgeous cocktails, to the delight of your guests. A master mixologist will walk you through how to stock a basic bar and create classic cocktails as well as some fabulous new recipes that will impress the most discerning sippers. The instructor will demonstrate each cocktail on the extensive menu, giving you the opportunity to taste them all. Each student will be paired with a partner and have the opportunity to make their two favorites from the list. The class includes a segment on stylish garnishes, from standard olives and lemon twists, to a few imaginative extras. You take away an e-booklet on the well stocked bar including recipes for cocktails, and a space for you to note your personal preferences.
    Classic and Creative Cocktails

    340 W 40th, New York

    • Learn the ins and outs of cocktail making
    • Get hands on experience behind the bar
    • Make, shake, and taste your own drinks!
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    Wine Tasting Sail

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    Add some elegance to your lazy Sundays, and set sail on the New York Harbor for an afternoon of wine and relaxation. Venture out with a wine expert from Montesquieu, a full-service wine group that connects American wine lovers with the best wines in the world. And what's more American than having your reds and whites on the big blue? You'll enjoy an eclectic selection of wines from differing countries and trends, paired with cheeses and charcuterie to expand your palate. Taste the hidden gems from Montesquieu cellars, whose vineyards are steeped in tradition, with wines reflecting unique and local culture. Give your Sunday Funday some well'earned charm. All aboard!
    Wine Tasting Sail

    North Cove Marina, New York

    • Set sail for a casual, informative, and fun wine tasting on the New York Harbor
    • Accompanied by a wine expert from Montesquieu, you'll expand your palate with a variety of wines across the globe
    • Pair wines with cheeses and charcuterie from the famously delicious cheese shop, Stinky Bklyn
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    Mad Men Cocktails Tour Experience

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    Mad Men fans will delight in this tour of three establishments features on the hit show. Step into the shoes of a 1960's advertising executive during this bar-hopping tour of Madison Avenue. Along the way, your guide will fill you in on the historical importances of these locales, and how their past was recreated on the show. Inside the bars, you'll be treated to three complimentary cocktails. Of course, you're free to purchase more if you'd like, in addition to ordering up some of the delicious foods these venues have to offer. Be sure and dress in your best 60's attire to complete the feel. Channel your inner Betty or Don while you're sipping on that Tom Collins, you might just come up with the next great automobile ad.
    Mad Men Cocktails Tour Experience

    Grand Central Station, New York

    • Tour three different establishments featured on the hit show Mad Men
    • Learn about the history of these spots and their importance to the Madison Avenue advertising scene
    • Enhance the experience with a few complimentary cocktails, plus downloadable 60's-style photographs
    • Indulge your whimsical side for a night with a step back in time
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    Gun Hill Brewing Company Brewery Tour

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    Tap into your inner beer lover during this frothy experience. Check out the inner workings of one of NYC's favorite microbreweries, getting an intimate look at how this facility crafts delicious and complex beers from start-to-finish. Featuring a range of products, such as barrel-aged stouts, pomegranate wheats, and more hoppy concoctions, Gun Hill Brewing Company features a little something for everyone. Of course, in addition to learning about the thought and work behind these brews, you'll be able to judge them for yourself with ample tastings. One thing is certain - this tour is sure to keep you foaming at the mouth.
    Gun Hill Brewing Company Brewery Tour

    3227 Laconia Ave, Bronx

    • Tour the production floors of a popular and creative New York microbrewery
    • Taste 4 flights of delicious beers while learning about the processes that differentiate them
    • Discover a new favorite brand of beer during an intimate introduction
    • Enjoy expanding your knowledge of brewing while letting loose with a few drinks
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    13 positive reviews
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    New York Craft Cocktail Tour

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    Do you consider yourself a cocktail aficionado? Or perhaps you're the kind of person who sits down at a cocktail bar and orders a beer? Regardless, this is the tour for you! This Happy Hour tour will bring you to the center of New York's booming cocktail culture as you visit some of the best cocktail bars in the city. Along the way you will sample delicious libations, swap tales of speakeasies and gangsters, and shop for new local craft spirit. You'll even get a chance to learn how to make craft cocktails, while discovering some of the best places to grab a drink in the Big Apple. It's a great way to start off an unforgettable evening in New York City.
    New York Craft Cocktail Tour

    Avenue A & St Marks Pl, New York

    • Find the best tucked-away places to grab a drink in New York's East Village
    • Learn how prohibition shaped NYC, and the speakeasies and gangsters who influenced the city's cocktail culture
    • Discover new spirits from local micro-distilleries and see how bartenders are revolutionizing cocktails in America with fresh, artisanal ingredients
    • Taste delicious craft cocktails at some of New York's best bars
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