Posted on | June 26, 2012
Written by | Cara McIlwaine
Third Annual Event Mixes Cocktails and Culture
The venerable New York Public Library on 5th Avenue was transformed once again into a cocktaillovers’ fantasy for the Manhattan Cocktail Classic’s opening gala event on Friday, May 10th. Guests in their party clothes flitted from bar to bar, enjoying an array of nearly 30,000 bespoke cocktails crafted by the country’s leading mixologists. It was a fitting start to the third annual Classic, with plenty of public seminars, parties and tastings happening across four boroughs through May 15th—totaling 168 events in over 70 venues. This year founder Lesley Townsend and the team behind Manhattan Cocktail Classic also debuted The Industry Invitational, an invitation-only set of seminars, panels, competitions and networking opportunities, with the Hotel Andaz on 5th Avenue as the hub. Overall, attendees enjoyed an unparalled cocktail education, and a number of crowd-pleasing brand-sponsored parties.