• The Cocktail Snob

11 Cocktail-Centric Events You Shouldn’t Miss This Summer

Updated: May 31, 2019

If you live in New York, you know the most anticipated season of the year is SUMMER. After a long, unbearable winter with virtually zero hours of sunlight, NYers are ready to show up and show OUT. If you’re looking for some cool, cocktail-centric events to check out this summer, The Cocktail Snob's got you. I did the research so you don’t have to. Read on for the hottest summer events in NYC.

1. Dusse Palooza

Part of a national party tour, Dusse Palooza comes back to NY where it all started to bring you good vibes and good Dusse drinks. This edition of the fete features a performance by YG.

Date & Time: Monday, May 27th I 2pm-midnight

Location: The Brooklyn Mirage

Cost: $35-$75-get tickets here

2. Black Girls Wine Meetup -POSTPONED

A fun-filled, intimate gathering of black girls who love wine. The event is part of the inaugural Black Girls Wine Tour and features a happy hour mixer as well as a pairing picnic in Central Park.

Date & Time: Friday, May 31 to Saturday, June 1

Location: Corkbuzz + Central Park

Cost: $85-get tickets here

3. Veuve Cliquot Polo Classic

Technically, the purpose of this Veuve Clicquot-sponsored event is to have a picnic and watch a polo match. But let’s be honest...This one’s for the bad and bougies who wanna show off their summer best and sip on bubbly. Sign me up!

Date & Time: Saturday, June 1

Location: Liberty State Park

Cost: $90-$475-get tickets here

4. Rose´ Wine Mansion

That’s right-it’s back! And this time it’s bigger than last year. If you’re unfamiliar, Rose Mansion is a wine bar, wine museum, and amusement park all rolled into one with some awesome backdrops and props to create Insta-worthy shots. Sip pink wine from all over the world as you make your way through 14 interactive rooms and get educated on summer’s favorite wine. Your ticket includes a wine glass, 8 wine tastings, and a few other goodies.

Date & Time: Starts on Saturday, June 1 and continues through the end of the summer

Location: 111 32nd Street

Cost: $35 during happy hour (weekdays before 5pm); $45

5. Zinfandel Experience New York City

An absolutely zincredible collaboration amongst some of the best vintners in the world. Get a taste of a wide variety of Zinfandels poured by some of the founders of the modern American wine movement.

Date & Time: Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 6pm-8pm

Location: Houston Hall

Cost: $59-$79-get tickets here

6. Bacon & Beer Classic

As the name suggests, this an opportunity to kick off your summer with gourmet bacon dishes and unlimited craftbeer from New York’s best restaurants. At the “Bacon and Beer Paradise”, you can enjoy live entertainment while a panel of expert judges selects the best dish and beer.

Date & Time: Saturday, June 8, noon-10pm

Location: The Brooklyn Mirage

Cost: $69-$119-get tickets here

7. New York Rum Fest

Brought to you by RumLab.com, this festival is all about education and premium rum tastings.

Date & Time: Saturday, June 15, 2pm-8pm

Location: Metropolitan West

Cost: $35-$110-get tickets here

8. Pinknic

It didn't take long for this festival to become a NYC summer staple. Since 2016, organizers have seen thousands of people come for a day or weekend of food, live entertainment, a pool, and of course spirits. Put on your best pink and white outfit and drink up all the rose´.

Date & Time: Saturday, July 19 & Sunday, July 20

Location: Randall's Island Park

Cost: $95-$500-get tickets here

9. Midnight Mimosaholic Masquerade Ride

Food Before Love, a site created for foodies by foodies, is hosting their signature midnight brunch boat ride this summer. But this time, it's mask on for the masquerade party. Between sips of bottomless mimosas, nosh on brunch appetizers and make some new foodie friends.

Date & Time: Friday, August 9, 11:30pm-3:30pm

Location: The Skyport Marina

Cost: $55-$90-get tickets here

10. NY Cocktail Expo

Sample and vote for cocktails from the city’s best mixologists. After your libations, head to the rooftop for an afterparty.

Date & Time: Sunday, August 18th I 3PM-9PM

Location: Melrose Ballroom, Long Island City

Cost: $65-$75-get tickets here

11. Margarita March

An annual event, showcasing the best margaritas NYC (and beyond) has to offer. Your ticket gets you eight margaritas, an all-access VIP badge, food & drink specials, and access to live entertainment. Don’t forget to tip your bartenders!

Date & Time: Saturday, August 24th, noon-10pm

Location: TBD/Bars in NYC

Cost: $65 per person-get tickets here

**Honorable Mention: NYC Summer Tippler Passbook

This isn’t an event per se, but the summer Tippler is a great way to explore even more of the exquisite cocktails NYC has to offer. For just $35, this handy dandy passbook is your ticket to 15 of the city’s best craft cocktails.

Get yours here!