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Introductory Liquor class or small servings at affordable prices?

saveedro3 Jun 19, 2012 08:39 AM

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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    kathryn Jun 19, 2012 05:23 PM

    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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      saveedro3 Jun 21, 2012 06:34 AM

      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
        Pan Jun 21, 2012 05:19 PM

        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.

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      small h Jun 21, 2012 06:42 AM

      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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        prdct Jun 21, 2012 10:14 AM

        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.

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          saveedro3 Jun 21, 2012 11:30 AM

          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. sgordon Jun 22, 2012 04:52 AM

        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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          saveedro3 Jun 26, 2012 12:19 PM

          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.

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