Tickets for the Manhattan Cocktail Classic go on sale tonight

Humphrey Bogart is quoted as saying, “The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind.” It’s no coincidence that the Manhattan Cocktail Classic cites this bon mot on their web site.  This “festival, fete, conference, and party” brings together those who take their sousing seriously.  Tickets for the event, which will take place from May 14-18, go on sale tonight.  They are not to be missed.

If the bevy of press around their two-day preview last fall is any indication, the Manhattan Cocktail Classic will unite many of New York’s top bartenders and imbibing enthusiasts to swap stories and lectures over a few exquisitely made drinks.  Seminars (each $50) will be held by the Clover Club, Death & Company, Brandy Library, Pegu Club, Mayahuel, Little Branch, PDT, and still more of New York nightlife’s top spots—without the 40 minute wait outside.  Other appealingly named events include Discovering Le Cognac for the Francophiles, From F-Stops to Flickr for the budding photographer,  The Spirited Whey: Monk-Inspired Cocktails and Cheeses for the devout, and Vermouth: Misunderstood for the Martini-minded.

Founder Lesley Townsend also told Diner’s Journal by e-mail that they will be adding more events as the week goes on, so stay on your toes for, perhaps, an absinthe in aspic wrestling competition?

It all kicks off with a gala at the New York Public Library on May 14.  Events are scattered throughout the city, though a significant number are concentrated at NoHo’s Astor Center.  For those trekking in from out of town (or those in the outer boroughs having a tough time navigating a subway), the Ace Hotel will offer 15 percent discounts to Manhattan Cocktail Classic patrons (with the code MCC).

For those who like it shaken or stirred, there will be revelry of all stripes.

[Photo by Southern Foodways Alliance on Flickr]

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