A Professional Drinker's Guide to NYC

April 18, 2018

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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    1 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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    28 positive reviews
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    Cooking with Wine (BYOB)

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    Whether you are a full blown wine expert or just a leisurely drinker, there is no doubt that wine enhances the flavor of food. Come and cook some of Taste Buds Kitchen's favorite dishes that just so happen to include wine. Learn to make perfectly baked Salmon En Papillote with seasonal vegetables, Bacon & Leek Risotto and Red Wine Poached Pears with hand whipped cream. Perfect for a special date night or an evening out with friends!
    Cooking with Wine (BYOB)

    109 W 27th St, New York

    • Develop your culinary skills with a social cooking-with-wine class
    • Learn to make a variety of delicious recipes with hands-on instruction in a group setting
    • Bring your favorite beer or wine to enhance the fun
    • Bring your friends, make some new ones, and enjoy a delicious meal
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    93 positive reviews
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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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    5 positive reviews
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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, viewing 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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    New Orleans Cocktail Brunch

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    This soulful menu adapts some of New Orleans' greatest hits into brilliant, brunch-appropriate dishes --- the meal almost requires a jazz soundtrack to go with it. We'll invoke the spirit of the Big Easy as we make and eat: oysters Rockefeller; eggs Hussarde; bananas Foster pain perdu; barbecue shrimp; beignets; and cocktails including a Corpse Reviver No. 2 and a Cajun bloody mary.
    New Orleans Cocktail Brunch

    225 Liberty St, New York

    • Learn to prepare a festive, impressive New Orleans cocktail brunch at the Institute of Culinary Education
    • Practice cooking some of the delicious staples of New Orleans cuisine
    • Wow your friends with impressive cocktails like a Pimm's Cup and a Ramos Gin Fizz
    • Step up your brunch game and gain some valuable new skills
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    148 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 Cafe.
    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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    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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