Raise Your Glass: The Manhattan Cocktail Classic is Back!
Friday, March 15, 2013 at 11:30 AM | Jen King
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Part festival, part fête, part conference, and part 5-day cocktail party the 4th Annual Manhattan Cocktail Classic is a “celebration of the myriad points of intersection between cocktails and culture.” Tickets for one of the most sought out events in the city go on sale this afternoon at noon. The multi-day celebration of cocktails and culture is held throughout the city at the most renowned watering holes, across three boroughs. From May 17-21, cocktail and spirit enthusiasts will revel at dozens of events including boozy brunches, spirited soirees, bar crawls, bus tours, punch parties, and a three-day trade conference for industry professionals.


The Manhattan Cocktail Classic pops the cork on May 17th with the glamorous, already infamous Opening Night Gala. Held at the New York Public Library the black-tie event has become one of Manhattan’s most looked forward to night of libations. All four library floors, every reading room, stairwell, nook and cranny are transformed into a jaw-dropping, dazzling cocktail party. The Gala will have masterfully created cocktails, live music performances, delectable nibbles and noshes, and thousands of the most fashionable mover and shakers in Manhattan.

Event highlights of the 2013 Manhattan Cocktail Classic, that have been released so far, are as follows: a cocktail-pairing dinner hosted by Le Bernardin’s Chef Eric Ripert; a hands-on mixology class at cocktail mecca, Huckleberry Bar in Brooklyn featuring spirits either inspired by or produced in the borough; a turn-of-the-century cocktail party celebrating the 100th anniversary of Grand Central Station; a decadent cocktail and chocolate pairing afternoon; a tiki safari; bar crawls; seminars; hands-on workshops held at the city’s best drinking establishments; and three pig roasts just in case you can't make it to one.

The Industry Invitational that parallels the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, held at the trendy Andaz Fifth Avenue Hotel is aimed at beverage and hospitality industry professionals is unfortunately trade-only. The three-day event is made up of seminars, hands-on workshops and tastings, networking opportunities, and much more. This year’s trending topics are the Rise of ‘New Vermouth,’ Multi-Talented Sherry, Mezcal, Art and Tradition, and others.Are you a bartender or in the cocktail industry? You can apply for the Industry Invitational, here.

Tickets to the Manhattan Cocktail Classic events range from $25 to $395.

To purchase tickets and see a detailed listing of the hundreds of events planned throughout the five-day cocktail extravaganza, visit their website .

For updates on newly events added, follow the Manhattan Cocktail Classic on Twitter or use the hashtag, @cocktailclassic 

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