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We know many of our readers love discovering where to find the best hidden bars and speakeasies around the city. Well, thanks to Anthony Caporale’s show, The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking, you can now learn about the history of drinking in an authentic Tammany society speakeasy – the Huron Club, located in the historic SoHo Playhouse. Sit back and sip while mixologist and raconteur Caropale, paired with vocal stylings by The Backwaiters Acapella group, takes you through a lively history and scientific look at spirits. You will not only learn about alcohol’s economic, political, and cultural impact on society, but you will also see live demonstrations of brewing beer and distilling liquors. Oh, and did we mention – you get three free cocktails with your tickets?
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It’s summertime in the city and there’s no better time for maxin’ and relaxin’ after a long day of work with a cocktail and some friends! These off-the-beaten-path rooftop bars hidden high above buildings around the boroughs offer the chance for some breathtaking views of the sunset and skyline along with the requisite craft mixed drinks, beers and bites.
With over 18,000 alcohol-serving establishments spread throughout the five boroughs, New York City is regularly in a state of good ol’ drunken merrymaking. Still, many of these locales may be just a bit too banal for the average bar hopper. Why sip at the ordinary surface-planted saloon, when you can go to a discreet subterranean spot?! For those who just imagined themselves bragging about their experience with the latter, here are 10 subterranean bars and lounges to satisfy the underground explorer within you!
The New York Distilling Company in Williamsburg recently celebrated its second birthday. It was founded by Tom Potter, who also co-founded the Brooklyn Brewery, and Allen Katz, Director of the Spirits Education & Mixology for Southern Wine & Spirits of New York. The distillery was opened on the symbolic date of December 5, 2011—the anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition.
“In a way, we’re still suffering from Prohibition,” our guide Diane explained when we visited the distillery on Saturday. It wasn’t until 2002 that New York State lowered the price of a distilling license from $50,000 to $1,450, thanks in part to numerous appeals from Hudson Valley distiller Tuthilltown Spirits, which we visited previously. (more…)
What happens when a team of urban entrepreneurs partners with several bars in the Lower East Side? They come up with a new way to engage small businesses and residents to support the construction of New York’s first underground park known as the Lowline. If you order an “Absolut Lowline” cocktail from any of the participating bars, one dollar goes toward building the Lowline park under Delancey Street in the Lower East Side.
The New-York Historical Society’s summer-long Swing Time exhibition has stirred up such excitement that even Caffè Storico, Stephen Starr’s Italian restaurant within the museum, has taken part in the hype. Caffè Storico, inspired by the exhibit, concocted a refreshing cocktail, known as the Juniper Julep. The exhibit (and the drink) are only available until September 1st, so catch it before it closes.