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The City That Never Sleeps: An ‘Imbible’-Inspired Itinerary in NYC

Category Ultimate Broadway Itinerary

|by Matthew Wexler |


Toast the New York night

Our curated itineraries continue this holiday season with a “spirited” guide to the best of New York City. Festivities are underway all over town, and we’ve turned to the hit Off-Broadway smash, The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking as inspiration. 

A Spirited History of Drinking (Photo: Michael Blase)

A Spirited History of Drinking (Photo: Michael Blase)

Tackling alcohol’s 10,000-year history, expert mixologist Anthony Caporale explores the ins and outs of your favorite drinks. Tasting is encouraged, of course, as audience members enjoy three complimentary cocktails. The a capella group, The Backwaiters, deliver finely tuned harmonies as a perfect companion to Caporale’s tall tales, and when the curtain comes down, you’ll be well-equipped to explore more of New York City’s watering holes and cultural offerings. Show times: Monday, Thursday, Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 5pm and 8pm

Into the Night
There are plenty of ways to see the Big Apple once the sun sets.

New York City Lights Dinner Cruise: Sometimes the best way to experience New York City is from a distance. Hop onboard Hornblower’s state-of-the-art yacht to sail the Hudson River and capture the glistening lights of One World Trade Center, the Statue of Liberty and more. The three-hour cruise includes a three-course a la carte menu, dessert station and onboard DJ.

NYC Club Crawl: Dress to impress for a night in New York City’s legendary Meatpacking District. Markets have flourished in the neighborhood since the 1840s, and over the years it has evolved from slaughterhouses (there were more than 250 by 1900) to an epicenter for high-end boutiques, restaurants and nightlife. Meet your guide at an ultra-cool lounge before embarking on a nightclub crawl that offers free cover and VIP entry. And don’t forget, many New York diners are open 24/7 so you can enjoy an early breakfast when the adventure winds down.

NYC Nightclub Experience: Be sure to allow for a disco nap before hitting the town (and the dance floor). This curated nightclub crawl heads to some of the city’s most popular nightclubs such as Lavo, the Cellar Bar, Marquee, the Pink Elephant, Skyroom, and more. Pack your best threads (and valid I.D.) as no sneakers, shorts or baggy jeans are allowed. The package includes VIP entrance and three signature drinks, and most importantly, access to clubs that veer off the tourist track for a true one-of-a-kind experience.

What’s Old is New
Manhattan celebrates the re-opening of three spectacular lounges for cocktail connoisseurs with sophisticated palates. Be sure to capture the moment on social media to be the envy of anyone who enjoys raising a glass in style.

Aviary NYC — Mandarin Oriental, New York, has unveiled The Alinea Group’s transcendent new space on the hotel’s 35th floor overlooking Columbus Circle and Central Park. Beverage Director Micah Melton, along with his team of innovative mixologists, has created a show-stopping menu with seasonal inspiration. Adjacent to Aviary NYC and through a tucked-away door, those in the know will discover The Office NYC, a speakeasy-style bar with a vintage spirit collection. Reservations required. 80 Columbus Circle, aviarynyc-reservations@mohg.com

The Pool Lounge — Located within the legendary Seagram Building and occupying the former private dining room of the Four Seasons restaurant, The Pool Lounge embodies sleek sophistication. A handcrafted mother-of-pearl bar serves as the centerpiece for Beverage Director Thomas Waugh’s single ingredient-inspired creations such as “Chamomile,” which features rye whiskey, Campari and Elderflower liqueur. 99 East 52nd St., Reservations@ThePoolNewYork.com

The Campbell Bar — In 1923 Financier John W. Campbell converted this soaring space into his private office. Recently restored by The Gerber Group to its original grandeur (including 25-foot-high hand-painted ceilings), The Campbell Bar is quintessential New York. The drink of choice: the GG Manhattan, prepared with Woodford Reserve bourbon, Carpano Antica, and Angostura bitters. 15 Vanderbilt Ave., 212-297-1781

When the Sun Rises
Book a late flight home (or an extra night!) to experience The Imbible: Day Drinking, the latest addition to the musical comedy repertoire about cocktails and spirits. The plot follows four friends who convene over brunch and cocktails. And what’s brunch without its signature drinks? Day Drinking includes three iconic brunch beverages, including a create-your-own Bloody Mary bar, Irish coffee and seasonal Bellini. Show times: Saturday, 2pm, Sunday, 3pm

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