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4 Places in NYC Where You Can Be Your Own Bartender

If you know me, you know that I always go big for my birthday celebration. Probably my favorite birthday party of all time is my 26th when I invited some friends over for a mixology party. I hired Adrian, a well-informed, experienced mixologist to teach my friends and I how to make cocktails. Adrian was amazing! He helped me plan the cocktail menu and develop a shopping list for ingredients. At the party, he taught us simple tips and tricks we could use at home- everything from how to shake a cocktail shaker properly to how to make simple syrup. It was incredible!

Learning mixology techniques was such a great experience. I’ve always loved cocktails but I think my appreciation for the craft of mixology really grew from having that hands-on experience. So if you’re ready to play mixologist for the day, here are 4 places in the city you should check out. Tell them The Cocktail Snob sent you!

Astor Center

Neighborhood: Noho

Price: $75-$90

The thing I love about Astor Center is that they have a class for everyone. No matter what your interests are, there’s something on their calendar for you. They have everything from sake tasting to wine pairing to mezcal cocktail shaking. All classes are led by industry experts. Attendees receive coupons for Astor Wines and Liquors to use after class to stock up on goodies. 

Liquor Lab

Neighborhood: Soho

Price: $65

This one’s on my bucket list as I’ve heard many people rave about it. Liquor Lab really brings the fun with themed classes like Whiskey & Wings and Margaritas & Tacos. Their classes are both entertaining and informative. A great place for both girls’ night out or forced family fun (aka teambuilding) with your coworkers.

Pouring Ribbons via Leisurely App

Neighborhood: Alphabet City

Price: $125

This one’s a little less hands-on than others I’ve been to but very educational. Led by owner/bartender, Joaquin Simo, attendees get a front row seat to the fundamentals of mixology. And most importantly, there’s open bar for the duration of the class along with light bites. Book through the Leisurely app! 

Institute of Culinary Education

Neighborhood: Tribeca Price: $75 and up

ICE has a reputation for educating professionals in the hospitality industry. But don’t let their reputation intimidate you. They also have recreational classes for regular degular folks like you and me. Although the classes can get pricey, the skills you walk away with are priceless.