Ever find yourself in the wine and spirits shop in front a giant wall of bottles, asking yourself questions like, "Wait, what’s the difference between whiskey and bourbon again? Do I want rye or brandy for Old Fashioneds? Is $50 for the good stuff really worth it if I’m just going to add mixers anyway?"
Sign yourself up for the Whiskey Social at Village Whiskey and graduate to the next level of brown liquor know-how. On April 18, the swank Center City joint will close its doors to the public and hold a private tutorial on classic whiskey cocktails, followed by some time for socializing, snacking, and of course sampling the drinks discussed during the lesson.
The bar’s general manager, Paul Rodriguez (a real whiskey connoisseur), will guide a relaxed, engaging class, where guests will be encouraged to ask any and all questions about Village Whiskey’s 80-plus whiskey selection, while bartenders expertly whip up and pour essential cocktails, including the Manhattan, Old Fashioned, Whiskey Sour, and Sazerac. There will even be a take-home component: a drink recipe book, perfect for applying this new knowledge at many at-home happy hours to come!
Of course, the snacking will be as elevated as the drinks. Pickled cherry tomatoes and beets, deviled eggs, a variety of sliders, and duck fat fries with beer cheese sauce will be served during the cocktail hour. Since the restaurant will be closed, there will be plenty of room to mix and mingle — a rarity in this perpetually packed spot.
The Whiskey Social is $60 per person, and begins at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18. Tickets must be bought in advance; click here to purchase.