The Manhattan Cocktail Classic, New York City's annual five-day celebration of cocktails and culture, is gearing up to ignite the city once again for the third annual festival, taking place May 11 to 15, 2012. Anticipating over 10,000 attendees and attracting top-tier mixologists from around the globe, this decadent, booze-fueled flurry of nearly 100 parties, pairings, tastings, and educational events is not to be missed. Tickets go on sale Thursday, March 15 at noon ET.
The soon-to-be-revealed festival calendar includes some ambitious additions on deck for 2012, in addition to the flagship events and activities that have defined the Classic to date. The now-legendary opening night Gala will once again take over The New York Public Library, filling its storied halls with over 3,500 well-heeled guests, over 40,000 hand-crafted cocktails, and more merriment, mischief, and mayhem than ever before. Tickets will remain at the same $150 price point as last year.
And, just as in years past, the days will be filled with a plethora of more intimate educational events: seminars, tastings, cocktail demos, culinary pairings - all taking place in some of New York City's greatest bars and restaurants, mainly in Manhattan, but also in Brooklyn, Queens, and even Staten Island. Tickets to these events will range in price from $25 to $125.
But for festival-goers looking for something on a par with the opening night Gala to fill their Saturday night dance card, the latest addition to the Classic calendar is perhaps the most titillating. On Saturday, May 12 from 9pm to 1am, The Classic Night Out will take over the Meatpacking District in lower Manhattan, bringing six city blocks to life with dozens upon dozens of events: pop-up cocktail bars in fashion retail meccas; spontaneous speakeasies in spas and salons; rollicking live music in the cobblestone streets - all as part of one night, one ticket, and one truly unforgettable experience. "Cocktail culture has deep roots in the fashion world, and it's going to be terrific fun to bring that theme to life through the Classic Night Out," says Lesley Townsend, the festival's founder and director. "Beyond that, it's just been so amazing to witness an entire neighborhood come together around one of our events. With this much positive energy and community support, it's bound to be a truly incredible evening." Indeed, with the city's most glamorous neighborhood as its backdrop (and at only $100 per ticket), the Classic Night Out is poised to be the most glittering "blocktail" party New York City has ever seen.
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