A Professional Drinker's Guide to NYC

April 18, 2016

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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    Champagne Sunset Cruise

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    Twice a year, a sunset beautifully illuminates the Manhattan streets with the sun setting perfectly down each streetway. You shouldn't be forced to experience Manhattanhenge's beauty only twice per year. With the Champagne Sunset Cruise, you have a chance to experience this beautiful sunset whenever you want. You'll traverse the island's waterways, visiting bridges, Governor's Island, Ellis Island, and parts of Queens and Brooklyn. All the while, sip on a tasty drink and relax on the boat deck. How much better can life get?
    Champagne Sunset Cruise

    62 Chelsea Piers, New York

    • Sail on a luxurious 1920s yacht, watching the sunset on the Manhattan skyline
    • Enjoy views of Battery Park, Statue of Liberty, and various architecturally and historically significant bridges
    • Sip a complimentary beverage during the trip
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    196 positive reviews
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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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    24 positive reviews
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    Wine 101

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    The Wine 101 class promises, at a minimum, you will taste a dozen unique wines, sample artisanal cheeses from Murray's Cheese, and leave with a keen sense of what makes wines different along with a better understanding of not only what you like, but also why you like it. While that may seem sufficient for two hours, we aim for more. In this, one of our most popular offerings, we hope you will develop a newfound admiration for this incredible product of nature while tasting the differences in body, tannin, and sweetness of wines. Wine has been with us for millennia, and while it can seem a daunting subject, it should not be. We will explore numerous regions of the world as well as discuss how grapes grow and how wine is made (perhaps the most exciting part of the class, honestly). We believe that wine should be enjoyed by all on a regular basis. We help get you there.
    Wine 101

    167 W 23 St, New York

    • Explore differences in body, sweetness and tannin of wines
    • Pair over a dozen wines with cheeses from Murray's Cheese
    • Learn about different regions and how wine is made
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    20 positive reviews
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    Champagne Brunch Sail

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    What's a better way to start your Sunday than with a brunch on the open water? Sail off into the scenic, cityscape's surrounded waters of Manhattan while nourishing your mind and body with beautiful views, delicious foods, mimosas, and cocktails. The buffet brunch has a classic New York feel. You'll be able to indulge in a variety of assorted muffins, homemade breads, bagels, salmon, and assorted meats and cheeses. There will be plenty of coffee and tea to quench your thirst, along with an open Prosecco bar. Take the perfect weekend sail to ease your mind from the hectic feel of the city!
    Champagne Brunch Sail

    North Cove Marina, New York

    • Set sail on a champagne brunch cruise around Manhattan
    • See the city from a remote view and enjoy the relaxing sounds and sights of the open water
    • Enjoy a variety of foods and drinks that will leave you nourished and refreshed
    • Experience superb views, drinks, and buffet'style brunch
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    24 positive reviews
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    Distillery Tour and Tasting

    Who doesn't enjoy a good brew? With a big name like Kings County, you know the stuff at this distillery will be good! Enjoy a laid-back, informal tour of the joint. You'll get to see the workers and the equipment in action as you walk around the facilities. Get all your alcohol-related questions answered by experts who know what they're talking about! You'll also get to make new friends with fellow alcohol aficionados. At the end of the tour, you'll try three delicious whiskeys that'll put you in a good mood for the rest of the day. Find your new favorite and buy a bottle to take home for yourself!
    Distillery Tour and Tasting

    63 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn

    • Participate in an informal, laid-back tour of Kings County Distillery
    • Get your alcohol-related questions answered by knowledgeable guides
    • Enjoy a tasting of 3 delicious whiskeys at the end of the tour
    • Make new friends with like-minded alcohol aficionados
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    Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl

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    The name "Kerouac" etched in a bathroom stall. The bar where Dylan Thomas literally fought the dying of the night... and died. The places Ginsberg howled and howled. From the beginnings of The Beat Movement to bohemia capital, Greenwich Village houses NYC's historical, literary epicenter. On this Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl, you'll uncover and get a taste of the fantastic tales and historical accounts of the Village's infamous bars, literary patrons, and their alcoholic nature. Discover the underbelly, while filling your belly of malts and literature that changed the world. Cheers to that!
    Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl

    567 Hudson St, New York

    • Uncover the literary tales and history behind Greenwich Village's infamous bars
    • Regale in literature that changed the world, and all started in some of the bars you will visit
    • Enjoy unique stories about famous literary Village residents, while downing a few drinks
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    Cayuga Wine Trail West with Wood-Fired Pizza Lunch

    Can't quite put your finger on the Finger Lakes? Get in touch with this full-day tour featuring wine, history, and wood-fired pizza! You'll kick things off with an owner-led tour of Cayuga Ridge Winery, where you'll stroll through scenic vineyards and get an inside look at the winemaking process. Before heading off to your next destination, you'll enjoy a wine tasting with a cheese pairing. Lunch is held at the Copper Oven, where you'll enjoy a mouthwatering pizza, topped with your choice of locally-sourced ingredients and fired to order on a french copper oven. Sufficiently fueled, you'll make your way to Hosmer Winery, where you'll experience a vertical tasting of the same wine in order to learn about the effect of aging and seasonal variation on flavor. You will also indulge in a wine and chocolate pairing. Then you're off to Goose Watch Winery where you'll never believe what awaits you. It's wine. After a sparkling wine and cheese pairing, you'll head to Sheldrake Point Winery. Featuring a lakefront tasting room and a range of delicious wines, including an ice wine (paired with biscotti), this scenic setting is a great place to end your day of grape musings. Except that your day will actually end at Taughannock Falls overlook, the tallest waterfall in the Eastern United States. Cheers!
    Cayuga Wine Trail West with Wood-Fired Pizza Lunch

    222 S Cayuga St, Ithaca

    • Visit three different wineries on the western shores of Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes region, including Cayuga Ridge WInery, Hosmer Winery, Goose Watch Winery, and Sheldrake Point Winery
    • Expand your knowledge of wine during professionally guided tastings and tours
    • Fill up on lunch of brick-oven pizza, and enjoy delicious wine pairings
    • Learn about the history of Fingers Lake and winemaking in the region from a local guide
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