If you want to brush up on your mixology, don’t take one of those bartending courses you see advertised on telephone poles or signs in the subway. Opt for a class at one of these incredible craft bars.
Apothéke, New York City
The greenmarket-driven Chinatown bar offers two different classes. For the old-school cocktailian, there’s a Prohibition-era class, which features lessons in Prohibition spirits, the art of crafting a balanced drink and how to make classic early American cocktails like the Sazerac. For those who prefer a more garden-to-glass approach, there’s Market Fresh Mixology. Over the course of two hours, students learn how to juice fresh fruits and vegetables, infuse spirits with herbs and make three or four produce-driven cocktails. Classes are on select Saturdays at 2 p.m. $125
No. 9 Park, Boston
Barbara Lynch’s famed Boston restaurant has two upcoming cocktail classes on the calendar. On April 19, the class will take an in-depth look at some of the cocktails and methods in Death & Co.’s cocktail book. On May 17, American whiskey will be the focus. Bar manager Ryan Lotz will talk through every type of whiskey variety in the country and instruct how to make some classic cocktails. Both classes also come with bar snacks. $65