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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    SoHo Wine Tour

    Few things in life are better than drinking wine. In fact, that’s why some doctors recommend a glass (or two) a day. Now, you can get your daily dosage and more on this wine tour through the lovely SoHo neighborhood. Your trip begins at Galli Restaurant, and shortly after, you’ll stop at Comodo, a place that believes in evolving the dinner party craft. Your last stop will take you to either Boqueria, a Spanish wine bar, or San Marino for some fine Italian wine and cuisine. By the end of the day, you will have sampled some of the best wine this city has to offer.
    SoHo Wine Tour

    45 Mercer St, New York

    • Discover the world of wine in SoHo with friends and family
    • Visit up to four wine locations, including City Winery and Comodo
    • Learn about wine varietals from a wine ambassador in a fun and friendly environment
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    6 positive reviews
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    New York Craft Cocktail Tour

    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

    500 E 9th St, 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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    11 positive reviews
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    Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl

    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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    1 positive reviews
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    Craft Beer Crawl -- Williamsburg

    This is a pub crawl with a purpose. It’s not your drunken St. Patty’s Day endeavor. If you love craft beer and gripe when a buddy orders a Bud Light, this tour explores your world. During the Craft Beer Crawl Williamsburg, you will embark on a journey through the best bars to serve your craft desires. Discover the history, how they’re made, serving style, and distinguishing characteristics to fully appreciate the artistry behind these delicious brews. The tour includes over 10 different beers plus a bit of grub. This beer revolution won’t be televised... it’ll be poured over and over again.
    Craft Beer Crawl -- Williamsburg

    Barcade, Brooklyn

    • Discover the history and distinguishing characteristics behind craft brews
    • Adventure to a collection of specialty pubs as you try over 10 different beers
    • Learn how craft beers are made, and what goes into serving each one
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    8 positive reviews
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    West Village Pub Crawl

    This tour will take you through Greenwich Village, the district renown for being the bohemian capital of New York City. Your guide will take you to New York’s classic dive bars that have left their mark on folk-rock history. This pub tour will set you right in the heart of where rock legends such as Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan started their careers. For a step back into rock history, you'll visit Bleecker Street and the music venue Café Wha?
    West Village Pub Crawl

    567 Hudson St, New York

    • Travel to some of the city’s most famous bars and pubs located in the liveliest neighborhoods in the city
    • Visit local night-time venues frequented by celebrities past and present
    • Enjoy a few drinks, make new friends, and crawl through the dive bars, saloons, and old ale houses
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    Greenhook Gin Distillery Tour

    Trying to raise your spirits? Give this tour of Greenhook Ginsmiths a try, and you’ll find yourself raising one of the most popular spirits of them all: gin! Located in the heart of Brooklyn, Greenhook Ginsmiths is a premier artisanal distillery that released their flagship product, American Dry Gin, just a few short years ago. Founded by an gin enthusiast, Greenhook uses top-end approaches to produce quality gin, including the a copper pot still and advanced vacuum distillation. During your walking tour, you’ll see the magic in action as you walk the floor to meet the ginsmiths themselves, getting insights into their methodology firsthand. Of course, you’ll also spend some time sampling their delicious range of products. Somebody’s got to do the quality inspections, afterall. Bottoms up!
    Greenhook Gin Distillery Tour

    208 DuPont St, Brooklyn

    • Experience an expertly guided distillery tour in trendy Brooklyn
    • Learn about the distillery process as well as the history of gin
    • Sample the featured gin produced by the distillery
    • Expand your knowledge of spirit-making and get a little tipsy
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    Beer and Brewery Tour

    Prepare for a pub crawl of epic proportions as you and your friends explore NYC’s coolest breweries. Join the New York Beer and Brewery Tour for a ride through some of the city’s most fascinating neighborhoods in search of the best beer, best breweries and historic relics from the days New York was the brewing capital of America. You’ll taste the history and the hops while your licensed tour guide does all the driving. Beer tastings are included at every stop as are the snacks along the way! You and your friends will barely be standing by the end of this beer-soaked adventure.
    Beer and Brewery Tour

    200 5th Ave, New York

    • Take a tour of NYC’s best breweries on an afternoon of fun and beer
    • Learn about the history of beer in the city from your knowledgeable tour guide
    • Sit back and relax as your guide drives you to your various destinations
    • Enjoy a day full of indulging in beer and fun
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    Brewed in Brooklyn Tour

    Not even forty years ago, the once prominent German brewmasters in Brooklyn disappeared. Recently, however, Brooklyn’s developed into a craft brew paradise. In the history-filled borough, experience the tradition and transition in Brooklyn breweries. The Brewed in Brooklyn Tour highlights history of the German neighborhood, its brewing tradition, and a private tour of a working brewery with plenty of beer tastings. Whether you’re a beer connoisseur or amateur, this tour provides the perfect opportunity to explore one of New York’s most historic neighborhoods, while sipping some cold ones.
    Brewed in Brooklyn Tour

    79 N 11th St, Brooklyn

    • Learn the stories and history behind Brooklyn and the German immigrants who inhabited it
    • Visit 19th century breweries that were once part of Brewers Row
    • Take private tour of a working brewery
    • Enjoy a few beers and pizza for lunch
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    10 positive reviews
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    Daq Shaq Distillery Tour

    Come experience good old-fashioned American spirits the way they were meant to be! Due to strict regulations following Prohibition, American spirits have become solely the domain of humongous, multinational corporations; the small craft distillery has all but disappeared. But wait! The Noble Experiment NYC is here to return distilling to its roots! Three cheers for the little guy! Join an educational and delicious tour of the distillery, in which you’ll be able to sample small-batch hand rum while learning about the distillery process. Noble Experiment uses all-natural ingredients, including the finest organic molasses. Once you try this stuff, you’ll never want to go back to the big label spirits! Come out and drink in style.
    Daq Shaq Distillery Tour

    23 Meadow St, Brooklyn

    • Take a tour through a unique distillery that specializes in small-batch handcrafted rum and features all-natural ingredients
    • See the inner-working of an old-school distillery, producing liquor the way it was meant to be
    • Take some time to relax and enjoy spirits made from some of the finest ingredients
    • Purchase some bottles of rum to commemorate your experience
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    1 positive reviews
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    Long Island Brewery Bus Tour (North and South)

    If you’re heading to Long Island for the weekend, or you’re a local looking for something new -- this tour will give your weekend that extra twist of flavor you were looking for! Going out with your friends is always a bit of a hassle if you’re spending a weekend on the Island. Most of the time, you end up being the designated driver and listening to your friends jokes that get lousier after each shot Instead of driving, take the train, hop on the L.I. Brew Bus from Ronkonkoma train station, and make stops at the Port Jeff Brewery, Brewology, Destination Unknown and Spider Bite. So skip the car and embark on this fun 6-hour Brew Bus tour, that will make stops at the best breweries of Riverhead. No more lousy jokes -- now you can all be in on the fun!
    Long Island Brewery Bus Tour (North and South)

    1098 Easton St, Ronkonkoma

    • Enjoy a 6-hour brewing tour of the best breweries from North to South on Long Island
    • Skip your role as a designated driver and join in on the fun
    • Sample the various styles and flavors of the area's best beers as you make stops at the different breweries
    • Discover the Long Island microbrewing scene on this fantastic tour
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