Japanese Whiskey Preview-Openings: Dec. 15, 2017 (this page). Other dates: Jan. 5 (tickets here)Jan. 12 (tickets here)Jan. 20 (tickets here).  All Other Classes (Here).

Before Liquor Lab officially opens its doors, be one of the exclusive few to experience New York’s most innovative cocktail-making classes. The city’s best new spot for drinks with friends, dates, and parties of all sizes is offering preview-opening reservations. These secured spots guarantee a seat at the bar, ahem, behind the bar, for one of the special preview openings.  Should your tickets go unused for these events (work conflicts, last minute plans – we get it, it happens), the tickets can be fully credited toward any event following the grand opening. As an added bonus, all preview-opening guests will receive a Liquor Lab cocktail tool kit for shaking and stirring at their next home gathering.

Class notes: Japan is known for more than a few things: cherry blossoms, sushi, and ramen – but when it comes to whiskey, the country is a bit of a newcomer. Their first whiskey distillery debuted in 1924, and they use rice (rather than barley, corn, wheat or rye) to create a notably different flavored spirit. Perfecting their craft has led to an explosion of popularity and acclaim in recent years.

Learn what makes Japanese whiskey so special while enjoying a line up from the houses of Hakashu, Yamazaki, Nikka and Hibiki. A spirit specialist will guide tasters through 5 of the top rated Japanese marks, in addition to creating a classic Japanese ice ball (should you choose to partake with a Japanese ice press), while mingling with friends and making new ones, in between imbibing and drink instruction.

Cocktail Menu: Experience Hakashu, Yamazaki, Nikka and Hibiki in a lively setting. Through our program’s “Ways to Enjoy Fine Spirits” session, attendees learn how to appreciate each variety.

Food Menu: Charcuterie and cheese pairings with bread, pita, and cracker boards. Assorted veggies, dips, hummus, and olives, will also be served.