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Jun 19, 2012 08:39 AM

Introductory Liquor class or small servings at affordable prices?

I am looking to find a cocktail class or bar where I could try out a variety of liquors. It is a bit difficult to find anything affordable and buying a full pour or a bunch of liquors would take along time and more cash than I would like to spend. Any chance there is a place that does small pours or a class that covers a broad range of liquors? I'm considering just going to a fancy bar and seeing if they are willing to do a half pour for half price. :-p

Thanks for any suggestions.

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  1. Keep an eye at Astor Wines' web site, Facebook, Twitter account. They have brands come in and do little tastings in the store all of the time.

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    1. re: kathryn

      I have already signed up for the newsletter to keep up on who is doing a tasting. Does anyone know of a place that does half/small pours of liquor?

      1. re: saveedro3

        Yeah. Whiskey Ward on Essex St. between Delancey and Rivington offers flights of 3 half-shots of whiskey. It's not cheap, but it is a good way to try whiskeys you wouldn't find in most other places, and the bartenders really know their stuff and are happy to work with you.

    2. Many restaurants and bars offer flights of liquor: Mayahuel does tequila, for instance, and Blue Smoke does bourbon. Is that what you're interested in?

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      1. re: small h

        To add to small h's list, we did a tasting of small pours of scotch at North End Grill. The bartender was very knowledgable and helpful.

        1. re: prdct

          These sound like great ideas. I'm hoping if I go to a more upscale bar they'll be more willing to let me do some half pours if I am up front about getting more than 1. I actually just heard great things about north end grill so I may check them out.

          And small h, I am not looking for set flights per se, but I am not against them.

      2. In addition to the above, the Brandy Library is a possible option. They do "classes" (that are kind of expensive - $90 - $120 depending on how fancy the hooch is) but also flights which are a pretty good deal - rather than the usual three, most are six, a grand tour of a particular style (not just brandies, either - great selection of most spirits) - and those are usually decent deals, from the high 20s to the mid-40s.

        I've never done it, but from what I gather they'll do custom flights as well - half-ounce pours around a theme of your choosing (say, American brandies, or 20+ year Lowland Scotch, or whatever...)

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        1. re: sgordon

          The brandy library is great. I have actually done flights there. The 6 can be overwhelming since its a bit difficult to remember which is which by your 6th one. and it is a bit pricey though still a good value. I will probably start there and go to other places after.