Whisky & Women Unite
Lani Kai; 3/8 at 6 p.m.-8 p.m.; 525 Broome St. nr. Thompson St.; 646-596-8778
Toast female empowerment with some strong cocktails at Compass Box Whiskey Co.’s happy hour in honor of International Women’s Day. Mixologists Meaghan Dorman (Raines Law Room), Eryn Reece (Death and Co.), Abigail Gullo (Fort Defiance), and Karin Stanley (Little Branch), provide whiskey concoctions, where $2 from each drink will be donated to the Bottomless Closet, assisting disadvantaged women in NYC. Drinking for a cause!
The Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza
Roosevelt Hotel; 5/10 at 7 p.m.; 45 E. 45th St. at Madison Ave.; 800-990-1991
Novices and discerning palates alike are welcome to sample single malt, premium Scotch and other unique whiskeys presented at the hands of whiskey professionals. The only thing exclusive about this extravaganza is the spirits—no other alcohols allowed. Tickets are $135 for Scotch Malt Whisky Society Members, $150 for nonmembers, and include a buffet.
Home Baker’s Meet Up & Grain-to-Glass Pop-up Bar
Astor Wines & Spirits; 3/13 at 6:30 p.m.; 399 Lafayette St. at E. 4th St.; 212-674-7501
Pick the brains of distillers at New York Distilling Co and Tuthilltown as well as professional bakers at this meet-up cohosted by Greenmarket. Taste the loaves and wash it down with whiskey cocktails all made from local grains. Tickets cost $15, but you can get in free if you bake your own loaf—as long as it’s made from local flour . But we didn’t knead to tell you that.
A Night of the Balvenie
Scotch Club NYC; 3/13 at 7 p.m.; 196 Mercer St. nr. Bleecker St.
Call it an adult version of hop-Scotch. Nicholas Pollacchi of the Balvenie distillery will lead a Scotch-tasting journey with a 12-year double wood, a 14-year Caribbean Cask and more, plus some paired hors d’oeurves like the traditional Scotch Club’s jamon. Tickets are $100.
Whiskey & Cheese Pairing
92nd St. Y; 3/15 at 7 p.m.; 1395 Lexington Ave. nr. 92nd St.; 212-415-5500
You read that right. Nibble cheeses while sipping on the “other W” in this class of at least a half-dozen whiskeys from bourbons to scotches. Tickets are $40.
Irish Whiskey Class at Chelsea Wine Vault
Chelsea Wine Vault ; 3/15 at 6:30 p.m.; 75 Ninth Ave. nr. 15th St.; 212-462-4244
Pay homage to the Irish “water of life” with a celebration of Irish whiskey history and a full range of tastings of the non-stereotypical kind. Tickets are $75, and you’re advised to leave the green hat at home.