Manhattan Cocktail Classic

Say what you will about Carrie Bradshaw fantasies, but nothing makes us more excited than the prospect of getting gussied up for a black-tie affair at The New York Public Library (particularly when it’s accompanied by 30,000 hand-crafted cocktails served up by the world’s most renowned mixologists). The Manhattan Cocktail Classic’s annual opening night Gala is but a week away, slated for Friday, May 17 from 9pm-1am, and there are still a handful of tickets available online. It’s hands-down one of the most fashionable cocktail parties of the year (and dangerously good fun to boot) – the only question remains: what will you be wearing?



The festival itself expands far beyond the opening night Gala, though, with nearly a hundred events on deck across the city through Tuesday, May 21. Not all of the events require such serious advance wardrobe planning, either (though we’ll most certainly be rocking some of our favorite RentTheRunway frocks nonetheless…) The events that have most piqued our interest include An Afternoon of Aperitivi on Saturday, May 18, hosted at the uber-trendy L’Apicio by the uber-dashing Joe Campanale; NYC Distilled at the Foursquare headquarters on Sunday, May 19, featuring local sips, nips, and noshes by some of our fave NYC bars and restaurants; the Ultimat Vodka Lemon-Aid Stand at Marquee on Monday, May 20, with proceeds going to Action Against Hunger; and the Filipino Fiesta on the Bowery Hotel Rooftop on Tuesday, May 21, featuring culinary creations and signature libations from some of the city’s top Filipino restaurants.