Last weekend, the 2013 Manhattan Cocktail Classic roared into town like a well-dressed, well-fueled, steam train. Second in scope only to Tales of the Cocktail (held every year in New Orleans), it is New York’s stamp on the spirits world. Now in its third year, the MCC kicked off the four-day festivities by holding its Gala at the New York Public Library (yes, Ghostbusters fans, that library. And yes, at night).

But this year, the Gala was ratcheted up to a new level of greatness by the addition of one aspect: the NY Spirits Room. For the first time, amongst what is an inevitable crush of huge liquor brands, the state of NY paid for a room to feature 24 established, as well as newly launched, New York craft distillers. To read more, check out my piece for The New York Cork Report: “New York Spirits Steal the Show at the 2013 Manhattan Cocktail Classic Gala.”

Below are some pics I took from the gala. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to document the Library Ghost floating amongst the stacks…but don’t you doubt, she’s there…


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