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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    Hamilton Happy Hour

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    With the growing popularity of the musical Hamilton, you’ll love this tour celebrating the life of this great Founding Father. This Family Friendly tour will take place in the Financial District, which was the entire city in Hamilton’s time. You’ll visit key spots in the Hamilton story including Trinity Church where he is buried, the Federal Reserve Bank which is a descendant of the first Federal Bank established by Hamilton, the sites of the Bank of New York and Manhattan Banks formed by the future duelists, and finally you’ll end at Fraunces Tavern where Hamilton himself often drank. Learn all about Hamilton’s life, his rivalry with Burr, and other facts not found in the musical.
    Hamilton Happy Hour

    75 Broadway, New York

    • Dive deep into the story of the star of the hit musical Hamilton in NYC’s most historic neighborhood
    • Pay your respects at Hamilton’s gravesite located in one of the most historic churchyards in town
    • Discover the origins of the New York Stock Exchange and Wall Street’s many other financial institutions
    • Grab a pint at the tavern where Hamilton and Burr broke bread for the last time before their infamous duel
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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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    Lobster & Beer Lovers Sail

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    Once the spring and summer roll around, our brains start signaling the following automatic thoughts: must - eat - lobster... must - drink - beer; it's second nature to us humans. That's why, on this cruise, you truly get the two most delicious things one can have in warm weather: lobster and beer! Experience a cruise around New York City, with some of the most fascinating sights to date, filled with Maine-style lobster rolls, unlimited craft beer, and much, much more. Enjoy the breeze, the delicious food and beer, and seize the day!
    Lobster & Beer Lovers Sail

    80 Broad Street, New York

    • Enjoy a lobster-filled, bottomless beer cruise around New York City
    • Chow down on Maine-style lobster rolls and drink up from a selection of local craft beers
    • Embrace the water and have a complete meal on an epic cruise
    • Eat, drink, and have fun on a lobster and beer cruise
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    Vinifera Wines of the Seneca Lake Banana Belt

    Winemaking and merrimaking have always gone hand in hand, and this tour of all things grape on Seneca Lake is no exception. Focusing on the lake's vinifera grape-growing southeastern shore, you'll visit three local wine institutions that are worth all the buzz. You'll begin with a vineyard tour at Standing Stone Vineyards, where you'll sample Chardonnays and Cabernets straight from the barrel, before heading to the tasting room for a bottled tasting paired with local cheese. Up next, you'll head to Chateau Lafayette Reneau for a tasting of the 2014 Governor's Cup Winner for the best singular wine in New York State, a semi-dry Riesling, as well a Cabernet and canape pairing. You'll end your wine-tasting journey at Damiani Wine Cellars with a tasting of a few of the top vinifera reds in the region and locally-made chocolates designed specifically for them. Pretty sweet, huh?
    Vinifera Wines of the Seneca Lake Banana Belt

    222 S Cayuga St, Ithaca

    • Visit three different wineries on the southeastern shore of Seneca Lake, including Stading Stone VIneyards, Chateau Lafayette Reneau, and Damiani Wine Cellars
    • Expand your knowledge of wine during professionally guided tastings and tours
    • Snack on delicious pairings designed to compliment the experience, including chocolate, canape, and cheese
    • Enjoy a relaxed day touring some of the best wineries in the region!
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    Distillery Tour and Tasting

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    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

    299 Sands St, 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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