The Manhattan Cocktail Classic is upon us. This multi-day event features parties, seminars, and drinks galore for professionals and enthusiasts alike. The opening night gala at the New York Public Library may be sold out, but there are still tickets left for unique boozy experiences at some of the city’s best venues. Here are our five best bets for events.
Women have played a key, yet sometimes overlooked, role in the history of bars and cocktails, and the Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails want to make sure you know all about them. You’ll learn about female saloon owners past and present, and gain a better understanding of cocktail history from the Temperance movement through today, all while sipping cocktails from some of the most fabulous females in the biz.
Not a huge spirits drinker? You can still participate in the MCC. This seminar focuses on four groundbreaking craft breweries from different regions of the U.S.: Captain Lawrence (East Coast), Two Brothers (Midwest), Left Hand (Colorado) and 21st Amendment (West Coast). Each will showcase four brews paired with snacks from Terroir.
The world of cocktails may be overwhelming to some, but Damon Dyer and Michael Neff, who work in the midst of Times Square, have practice in educating cocktail lovers from all over the world. They’ll discuss the hows and whys of creating a cocktail list that appeals to a wide range of imbibers, and you’ll get to sample some of there wares along the way.
The McKittrick Hotel
The Darkest Night: Bowmore’s Evening at the McKittrick Hotel with a Performance of Sleep No More, Monday, May 14th
This interactive theater experience, based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, has been a hit with New Yorkers since its opening. So what could improve the experience? Scotch. This boozy rendition of Sleep No More starts off with a dram of Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest before you set off and finishes in the McKittrick’s Manderley Bar with Bowmore cocktails and punch created by cocktail expert David Wondrich.
Want to taste something new? You’ll be able to do just that at this walk around tasting, where you can sip unique, artisanal spirits and meet the distillers, brand owners, and importers who are responsible for getting them out into the marketplace.