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Everyone (and their mother) knows that WhiskyFest is going down this week. So, let’s shine light on other events and openings in New York City. See the list below…and prepare for a rough hangover.

Special Events

Wednesday, November 15th – Urbanspace 2017 Holiday Markets Open

Holiday Market UrbanSpace

The market makers at Urbanspace are back this winter with their highly anticipated holiday market schedule. Alongside the beloved classics – Union Square Holiday Market, Columbus Circle Holiday Market and The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park – three new markets will join this season’s roster: Turnstyle Holiday Market, Gifted in Times Square and Garment District Holiday Market. That means, more food and drink pop-ups like Ice & Vice and Boa by Kaya. Follow along here.

Friday, November 17th – Riviera Nayarit Pop-Up at Hotel Americano

Hotel Americano

Hôtel Americano’s popular rooftop coastal Mexican restaurant is hosting the next installment of its ongoing Guest Chef Series. Experience a special menu curated by Betty Vazquez, Riviera Nayarit’s culinary ambassador and one of the main judges on Mexico’s MasterChef TV program, in partnership with Hôtel Americano’s Executive Chef Bryan Noury.

Israel Diaz, one of Mexico’s top mixologist and ambassador for Riviera Nayarit, will create a cocktail menu to pair with this special menu. Chef Vazquez’s dishes and Diaz’s cocktail creations will live-on as part of a limited-time only menu at La Piscine until December 3rd. The full menu will be announced at a later date.

Tickets are $55 per person and include passed small plates from 7:00PM to 10:00PM. Purchase here.

518 W. 27th St, 212-216-0000,, @hotelamericano

Saturday, November 18th – Jersey City Craft Beer Festival at Harborside

Jersey City Craft Brew Fest

Jersey City Craft Brew Fest is returning to Harborside’s Waterfront Property this Saturday. Guests can choose between two sessions – 1:00PM – 4:30PM & 6:00PM – 9:30PM – to taste over 150 styles of craft beers and ciders featuring New Jersey breweries such as Hoboken’s 902 Brewing Co. and Newark’s Ironbound Hard Cider, as well as top brews like, Sixpoint, Smuttynose and Ommegang. Food, live music, games, merchandise and insta-photo ops – thanks to the epic skyline view – will be present, too. Tickets cost $65 for general admission; $15 for “designated drivers.” Purchase here.

Harborside 3 Atrium, Jersey City,, @jcbrewfest

Monday, November 20th – Circa Brewing Co. Releases New Barrel-Aged Cocktails

Circa Brewing Co.

Starting at 6:00PM, Downtown Brooklyn’s latest brewpub is tapping their barrels and releasing the first round of drinks from their guest bartender barrel-aged cocktail series.

Enjoy four barrel-aged cocktails created by different New York City bartenders (who will be in attendance). Taste them alongside the unaged version of each cocktail, too. Expect the following cocktails.

  • For What’s to Come – crafted by Mike Di Totta (The Bonnie) with Virgil Kaine Rip Track Bourbon, Bar Hill Tom Cat Gin, CH Distillery Fernet Dogma, CH Distillery Rubin Bitter Grapefruit Liqueur, garnished with a grapefruit twist
  • Balsamic Negroni – crafted by Damon Boelte (Grand Army) with Brooklyn Gin, Campari, vermouth, aged balsamic vinegar, garnished with strawberry and cucumber
  • Barrel Aged Manhattan – crafted by John Holzinger with Michter’s Rye, Foro Amaro, and Cointreau
  • La Avenida – crafted by Ari Rubenstein with Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum, Amaro Montenegro, Apertivo Select, Bitter Truth Old Fashioned Bitters, Regan’s Orange Bitters #6, garnished with an orange twist and dark chocolate

141 Lawrence St,, @circabrewingco

Now Open

Bar Gonzo

Bar Gonzo

Enter a 70s-inspired restaurant and lounge in Hell’s Kitchen. Indulge in coastal California and Mediterranean fare by Chef R.L. King (The Heath, il Buco, Hundred Acres). Choose from categories: bar snacks; raw bar offerings; shared vegetable plates; classic Ethiopian injera bread with a variety of accouterment; protein brochettes; and their nostalgia-inducing latch-key kid pizzas.

Note: All dishes are designed for sharing with your crew. Be sure to complement with drinks crafted by Tim Cooper. The cocktail menu features an array of sparkling ‘tails, large-format punches and tiki drinks served in playful glassware.

511 9th Ave., 212-967-1985,, @bargonzonyc

SaltBrick Tavern

SaltBrick Tavern

Craveable Hospitality Group (David Burke Kitchen) unveils its latest concept in Downtown Brooklyn. SaltBrick Tavern brings an inventive and engaging dining experience to the contemporary pub theme. Executive Chef Michael Franey powers the kitchen with reimagined tavern classics, featuring uniquely flavorful steaks and meats delivered through CHG’s patented SaltBrick dry-aging process.

The beverage program includes carefully curated wine and beer lists, plus updates on classic cocktails using locally distilled and craft spirits. Highlights included: Torn and Frayed with popcorn-infused Bumbu rum, genmaicha tea syrup, and lime; and Loving Cup with beef love fat-washed Dorothy Parker gin, Luxardo Bitter Bianco, dry vermouth, and grapefruit bitters.

156 Tillary St, 347-417-9112,, @saltbricktavernnyc

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