The upstairs event space at the Bowery Hotel is the perfect place for a Saturday night in New York; a large bar area leads into a series of other gothic, medieval rooms, as well as a sprawling terrace from which guests can observe the lightning-fast gentrification of the neighborhood.
It’s also perfect for a speakeasy-style party, which was the scene at the NYC Craft Distillers Festival this past weekend. Local distilleries set up exhibit-style stations around the borders of the dimly lit rooms, with a focus on bourbon, whiskey and rye. The event had a nice flow, with each “host” offering sips of spirits and conversation about their origins.
The crowd featured a mix of 20- and 30-somethings, some in 1920s attire, and plenty of bros, who we assumed we either catching some culture before the NCAA Final Four games (or just lost). There was live music, dancing, even some burlesque.
To most of the distilleries that attended, we say cheers. To the Catskill Distilling Company from Bethel, NY, we say very well done—your fine brown liquor is welcome anytime. It was our favorite of the night.