- Mixing drinks comes with its occupational hazards, and unfortunately, not all bartenders have health insurance. On Monday, Feb. 21, the USBGNY is hosting Bartenders for Healthcare, a fundraiser to support career bartenders in need of health insurance. For $40, sip cocktails made with Plymouth Gin, Herradura Tequila, Santa Teresa Rum, Leblon Cachaca, Denizen Rum, Michter’s Bourbon, Combier, St-Germain, Carpano Antica, Bittermens Bitters, and Prometheus Springs mixers. Bartenders volunteering their services include some of NYC’s best: Lynnette Marrero, Jim Kearns, Jason Littrell and Marshall Altier. In addition to the drinks, guests will enjoy Stinky Bklyn cheese, snacks made by Freemans’ chefs, and music from folk-rock trio the Crooners. Freemans, Freeman Alley off Rivington St., second floor, 7 to 10 p.m.
- Honor International Women’s Day and support disadvantaged women at Whisky &Women Unite, March 8 at Astor Center. Organized by LUPEC (Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails) and sponsored by Compass Box Whisky, the event features some of NYC’s best female bartenders creating Scotch whisky cocktails. Tickets are $85 (purchase here) and will include eight specialty cocktails, chocolates from Bespoke Chocolates and artisanal cheese. Thirty percent of all ticket sales will be donated to Bottomless Closet, a non-profit helping women achieve economic independence. 399 Lafayette St., 7 to 9 p.m.
- The Astor Room recently opened at Kaufman Astoria Studios, and combined with the revamped Museum of the Moving Image next door, it’s one swanky destination for Queens. Modeled after the studio’s Pre-Prohibition heyday, Astor retains the original tiling and ’20s-era marble staircase. The cocktail menu, created by Lynnette Marrero and Jim Kearns, features classics such as The Astoria Cocktail (gin, dry vermouth, orange bitters) and The New Yorker (bourbon, claret, lemon juice). 34-12 36th St., Astoria.
- Now open for private events during Fashion Week, strip club-dive bar hybrid The Westway (75 Clarkson St.) is attracting a hipster-elite crowd to its boogie nights. Formerly the Westside Gentleman’s Club and now run by operators of Smile and The Jane Ballroom, the bar kept the light-up disco floor and brass poles for impromptu striptease. With Sunset Park’s jungle-themed, Vegas-style bikini bar Jaguar (225 47th St., Brooklyn) also in pre-opening stage, according to Blackbook, and Red Hook’s Paris Burlesque Club in the works, one has to wonder, will 2011 be the year NYC nightlife puts its go-go boots back on?
- And although the focus is on wine, not cocktails, at Brooklyn Height’s recently-opened Colonie, I just have to give props to the restaurant’s brilliant use of Kickstarter to raise thousands to help fund their opening. 127 Atlantic Ave.
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The event, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov.8, celebrates the growing demographic of female whiskey enthusiasts (men are invited to join as well). While whiskey has long been considered a “man’s drink,” this event seeks to put an end to that nonsense with tastings of dozens of Scottish single malts, including bottlings from Ardbeg, Auchentoshan, Balvenie, Bowmore, Glen Grant, Glenfiddich, Glenmorangie, Glenrothes and Jura, plus bourbon, as well as whiskies from Ireland and even Japan. Rare and delicious whiskies will include: Ardbeg Supernova, Glenmorangie Signet, The Glenrothes Vintage 1985 and Hibiki 12-Year-Old.
As if that weren’t enough, some of the best female bartenders in town will be behind the stick shaking up whiskey cocktails. Guests can indulge in complimentary artisanal cheeses and chocolates to round out this luxurious tasting.
What are you waiting for? Tickets available here.