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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    Rooftop Lounge Experience

    Check out the view from the top with an exciting night out at New York’s coolest rooftop bars and lounges. You’ll hang out at three exclusive locations, like Skyroom, Monarch, PHD, or 230 Fifth. Throughout the night, enjoy three perfectly balanced complimentary drinks of your choice and a delicious appetizer. Rub elbows and clink glasses with native New Yorkers and world travelers alike, and get ready for a ritzy night on and above the town that you won’t soon forget.
    Rooftop Lounge Experience

    Midtown, New York

    • Hang out at 3 of New York’s best rooftop bars and lounges
    • Take in the NYC skyline at bars such as Skyroom, Monarch, PHD, and 230 Fifth
    • Enjoy 3 complimentary drinks and an appetizer
    • Meet real New Yorkers, and mingle with people from all over the world
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    12 positive reviews
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    Hamilton Happy Hour Tour

    Looking to follow in the footsteps of Alexander Hamilton (well, minus the unfortunate ending)? Get the full “Little Lion” experience during this NYC walking tour! Tour the streets of the city’s oldest neighborhood, Hamilton’s very own stomping ground, alongside a friendly local guide. Enjoy anecdotes covering not just Hamilton’s life, but about how the neighborhood has evolved dramatically since his days, and how his legacy played a role in that evolution. Wall Street, the Stock Exchange, and the nation’s financial system are all covered. You’ll also visit Hamilton’s gravesite, and stop in at a variety of favorite local food stops along the way. When it’s time to stop walking and talking, you’ll end the tour with celebratory pint in toast of Hamilton’s life at Fraunces Tavern- the very same tavern that Hamilton and Burr ate before their infamous duel. Talk about bang for your buck! Too soon?
    Hamilton Happy Hour Tour

    54 Pearl St, New York

    • Learn all about Alexander Hamilton during a NYC walking tour
    • Hear stories of Hamilton’s impact on the nation’s financial system
    • End your tour at the renowned Fraunces Tavern
    • Exercise your mind during a social stroll
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    Brewshop 101: Home Beer Brewing Essentials

    Tired of having to run out to the store every time you want to relax and have a cold one? Then it’s time to learn the ABCs of home brewing! Starting with fundamental theory and materials, you’ll go over key terms and definitions, including extract brewing, malts, grains, and yeasts, as well as great techniques to brew your own craft beer. You will review the most common mistakes of home brewing and have the chance to taste a sample of good ol’ home brewed beer. Develop a deeper understanding of beer and its ingredients, and become a proficient home brewer and cultivated beer drinker!
    Brewshop 101: Home Beer Brewing Essentials

    700 Washington Ave, Brooklyn

    • Learn how to brew your own beer
    • Understand the techniques and fundamental theory behind home brewing
    • Learn how to avoid common mistakes
    • No experience necessary
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    Harlem Pub Crawl

    Forget I <3 NY, let's talk about I <3 Harlem! Take this tour to see some of Harlem’s hottest spots and get in touch with your inner Drankophile. At each location you’ll receive a free drink, and/or a deal of a special drink that will put your mind in the right place: buzzed. Get there early and grab some grub at a discount at the meeting location, “Harlem Tavern.” You’re gonna need a little something to soak up those suds.
    Harlem Pub Crawl

    2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York

    • Take a guided tour of Harlem’s vibrant bar scene with trained tour guides
    • Get VIP access to some of the hippest bars in one of NYC’s most fun ‘hoods -- Harlem!
    • Receive 30% off food at the meet up location (Harlem Tavern) to grab some delicious eats prior to your tour
    • Sip on one free drink (or receive a drink special) at each bar or lounge on the crawl
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    Harlem Pub Crawl

    Looking to gauge Harlem’s electrifying social scene? This nightlife crawl will get you plugged in. Which, btw, is how the ‘fro was born. Crawl on hands and knees from one intoxicating venue to the next. Get your bearings, visit landmarks, and meet locals for an inside look at one of the city’s richest cultural epicenters. Traipse alongside a connected local guide, and enjoy free access to each venue stop. Bring your friends, and make some new ones. You’ll also have the chance to take advantage of food and drink specials to enhance fun-- not to mention a few freebies. Who doesn’t want a few freebies?
    Harlem Pub Crawl

    116th Street and Malcolm X Blvd, New York

    • Explore Harlem’s nightlife alongside a local on this VIP pub crawl
    • Visit legendary landmarks where some of Harlem’s historic figures hung out
    • Enhance the fun with drink and food specials
    • Meet some new friends and take the pulse of the Harlem
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    Introduction to Tea & Tea Tasting

    Sip your way to sophistication in this behind-the-scenes look at the craft of creating beautiful teas! Participants will enjoy the full sensory experience of tea tasting and the tea expert will share anecdotes and background information about each tea. The tea classes will start with a journey into the tea plant itself while also exploring the craft of creating fine teas through a detailed and selective process. Overall, participants will take away a thorough ‘behind-the-scenes’ understanding of tea from production to taste. They will also train their palate in the delicate art of tea tasting and expand their repertoire.
    Introduction to Tea & Tea Tasting

    156 Prince St, New York

    • Discover the delicate techniques behind tea tasting and creation with the guidance of a tea expert
    • Follow the fine art of tea-making from the first steps of production to the final tasting
    • Refine your palate as you sip a variety of teas from Palais des Thés
    • Gain a useful and impressive skill to use at your next social gathering
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