Welcome to the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, New York City’s first ever multi-day event celebrating the history, contemporary culture, and artful craft of the cocktail.

Friday, May 14th through Tuesday, May 18th

Part festival, part fête, part conference, part cocktail party, the Manhattan Cocktail Classic brings together the unparalleled talents and opportunities of the bars, bartenders, and restaurants of our great city for five days of activities, both educational and celebratory in nature, championing the common ideals of authenticity, equality, sustainability, service, and pleasure.  (There will be some drinking involved, too.)

The 5 days of drinking festivities kicks off with a fabulous gala at the New York Public Library and continues the following days at the Astor Center and in various bars throughout our great city.  Check out their extensive schedule for all their great events and to get tickets!


Friday, May 14th
9:00pm – 1:00am

Oh now we can’t tip our hand on this one too much (that would take away the whole element of surprise!), but suffice it to say: as the kick-off event to the 2010 Manhattan Cocktail Classic, the Gala promises to be a fairly rollicking good time for all cocktail enthusiasts, professionals, and persons neither enthusiastic nor professional but possessing at least a begrudging appreciation for a good stiff drink now and again.

We’re taking over the entire New York Public Library this time, folks, and we’ve got more than a few surprises in store. Just to wet your whistle: there might be some of the world’s greatest mixologists shaking up dozen upon dozens of different cocktails; there might be some world-renowned chefs creating elaborate food pairing dishes; there might be live musical performances; there might be wild and/or slightly scandalous performance art; there might be some unexpected twists and turns along the way through this wacky little party of ours, spanning four stories and two city blocks of space.