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Aug 20, 2010 07:34 AM

Mixology class NYC

Is there a place in NYC which offers a class (or series of classes) for the "home mixologist?" I am looking for a restaurant/bar/cooking school who teaches the art of making cocktails, without the formalities of a traditional bartending school. Thinking of doing this for a bachelorette party--

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  1. Look into Astor Center.They offer all types of classes. .Another place that offers cocktail classes is the Institute of Culinary Education. Go to their website, .Look under their Recreational Division. I've taken classes at both places and have enjoyed them.Fun and educational.I don't think you can go wrong with either one, although Astor offers a wider variety of classes.I'm sure there are plenty of other places that might fit what you're looking for.

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    1. re: TooLooseLaTrek

      Astor is my recommendation as well. Their classes and events are excellent. As a writer I attended a lot of the events and classes, and several bachelorette parties were during the cocktail classes. You may be able to arrange a custom bachelorette party if there are enough people attending.

      I haven't taken classes at ICE, but have heard good things about them.

    2. Whatever you do, don't go to a traditional bartending school. I haven't heard of one yet that is any good in the NY area or even East Coast. I was bartending at an event last fall in RI, I think it was for a night club show, and right across from me was the President of some bartending school, I think maybe New England School of Bartending, but I my be wrong. He was amazed that we were using fresh squeezed juices and not artificial sour mix. Traditional bartending schools don't even use real spirits. Crazy, because how can you tell if you are making a good cocktail or not.

      Things are starting to change, there are some good courses out there, but you have to be careful and do a little research to make sure you take the good ones.

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      1. re: JMF

        Bartending schools are such a scam, as every respectable bar manager I know intentionally DOESN'T hire bar school "grads".