The Manhattan Cocktail Classic is Upon Us! (Sponsored)

The moment you have been so patiently awaiting is finally here: tickets to the 2012 Manhattan Cocktail Classic will go on sale on Thursday, March 15th at noon ET!

While the full festival calendar will be revealed in due time (namely, on Thursday, March 15th – at noon of all shocking times!), here’s a taste of what’s on deck..Of course, the epic opening night Gala will once again take over The New York Public Library, filling its storied halls with over 40,000 hand-crafted cocktails, 200 world-class bartenders, 8 live bands, and more decadence and debauchery than you can shake a stick (or tumbler) at. Dangling participles not withstanding, tickets are still $150 and will be in short supply as always, so get your clicker fingers ready.

After the Gala, there will be a hefty, multi-day serving of even more of your favorite seminars, tastings, cocktail demos, and culinary pairings – all taking place this year in the greatest bars and restaurants our fair city has to offer, in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and even Staten Island. (Yup, you heard us – Tiki Tour, anyone?). Tickets to these intimate affairs will range in price from $25 to $125, depending on the precise quantity of booze, celebrity mixologists, exceptionally rare bottlings, and/or Momofuku crack pie involved. There are also got some truly unique cocktail parties slated for the evening hours. Details are still under wraps, but murmurs of an aperitivo cocktail competition and an exclusive (and rather “spirited”) performance of Sleep No More have recently surfaced. Again, these are just rumors (but remember, you heard it here first).

Also, if you happen to be a member of the hospitality industry, be sure to take a peek at the Industry Invitational on deck for this year’s festival. It’s five full-on days of professional programming and activities running parallel to the aforementioned public events, hosted at the über-posh Andaz 5th Avenue Hotel and open by invitation only to hospitality industry professionals and media.

Lastly, if you’re itching to get involved in next year’s festivities by presenting, hosting, organizing, or sponsoring a seminar or event at the 2012 festival, there is still time to get involved – but do make haste! Drop the team over at MCC a line.

And, as always, in order to ensure you keep one step ahead of the stumbling masses, sign up for MCCs mailing list (if you’re not already on it), like us on Facebook or Twitter.

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