The third annual Manhattan Cocktail Classic is entering its final day of celebrating the myriad points of intersection between cocktails and culture. The New York Public Library suspended its pesky no alcohol policy to host the opening night kickoff event, where dozens of spirit brands created specialty cocktails for an evening that included a four-hour open bar, live music, a caricature artist, an oyster bar, and a basement disco party. A collection of sponsored cocktail education courses have been taking place throughout the city over the last four days - highlights included Classic Cocktails, Classic Films; Botanical Bartending; and The British Invasion - an afternoon of gin cocktails, fish and chips, and Beatles music at Eleven Madison Park, 2011's recently announced James Beard Award winner for Outstanding Restaurant in the U.S. The biggest draw among this evening's events is Rooftop Riffs and Revelry, a multi-room musical experience inspired by Esquire's 50 Songs You Need to Be Listening to Now, co-hosted by Patron.
That event is sold out, but there are still tickets for a few remaining events and classes available via Manhattan Cocktail Classic's official website.