A Professional Drinker's Guide to NYC

January 18, 2020

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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    Drunk Shakespeare - Stage-Side Seats

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    Performing a full Shakespeare play is hard. Performing a Shakespeare play while wasted is just as hard, however, so much more entertaining! Sit back and watch as 1 person from this talented team of actors take at least 5 shots of whiskey, then try to act out, let alone remember, one of The Bard's master works. The result is exciting, hilarious, passionate, and totally unpredictable. Like Macbeth said, Drink, sir, is a great provoker -- and provoke they will! Prepare to be wildly entertained by professional drinkers with a serious Shakespeare problem.
    Drunk Shakespeare - Stage-Side Seats

    570 10th Ave, New York

    • Experience the intoxicating thrill of live theater with Drunk Shakespeare
    • Watch actors take several shots and then try to perform a Shakespeare play
    • Laugh at liquor-inspired interpretations of classic characters
    • Indulge in libations of your own as you watch the performance
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    328 positive reviews
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    Drunk Shakespeare - Balcony Seats

    (333)
    Performing a full Shakespeare play is hard. Performing a Shakespeare play while wasted is just as hard, however, so much more entertaining! Sit back and watch as 1 person from this talented team of actors take at least 5 shots of whiskey, then try to act out, let alone remember, one of The Bard's master works. The result is exciting, hilarious, passionate, and totally unpredictable. Like Macbeth said, Drink, sir, is a great provoker -- and provoke they will! Prepare to be wildly entertained by professional drinkers with a serious Shakespeare problem.
    Drunk Shakespeare - Balcony Seats

    570 10th Ave, New York

    • Experience the intoxicating thrill of live theater with Drunk Shakespeare
    • Watch actors take several shots and then try to perform a Shakespeare play
    • Laugh at liquor-inspired interpretations of classic characters
    • Indulge in libations of your own as you watch the performance
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    328 positive reviews
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    NYC Pizza, Beer & History Tour

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    Pizza and beer: a celebrated combo among college students. However, anyone can enjoy these delicious classics, as you'll discover on this walking tour through some of the best pizza and beer haunts Greenwich Village has to offer. Italian immigrants have been making pizzas here for decades! You'll discover interesting tidbits about each unique place, the different and very important ingredients, and even various oven types, all while savoring three different styles of pizza. Between slices, wash everything down with a visit to two historic bars, including a former speakeasy that operated during the prohibition. You will also get to hear about the local history and see what drew famous artists and musicians, such as Bob Dylan and F. Scott Fitzgerald, to this neighborhood. Raise your glass, grab a plate, and get ready for a pizza and beer experience unlike any other.
    NYC Pizza, Beer & History Tour

    201 Bleecker St, New York

    • Enjoy a walking tour of pizza and beer in Greenwich Village
    • Visit three different pizzerias, each specializing in a different style of pizza
    • Sample beers from a well-known speakeasy
    • Discuss the architecture, people, and history of this unique and vibrant neighborhood
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    13 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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    38 positive reviews
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    Brewshop 101: Home Beer Brewing Essentials

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    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, New York

    • 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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    18 positive reviews
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    Bubbles and Bites Cruise

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    Experience a classic New York tradition, Bites, in a whole new way! Step back in time aboard the 1929 luxury yacht, the Shearwater, as you take a leisurely cruise around the New York Harbor. Enjoy a plentiful, classic NYC Bites items, coffee service, juice and soft drinks, as well as an open bubbly bar. Slowly sip your mimosas and take in the New York skyline. Plan your next romantic date or rally some friends to jump aboard the Shearwater. All aboard!
    Bubbles and Bites Cruise

    North Cove Marina, New York

    • Experience a classic New York tradition, Bites on a hand-built, 82-foot yacht
    • Sip your mimosas on this floating designated landmark
    • Plan your next romantic date or rally some friends to jump aboard the Shearwater
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    38 positive reviews
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