The Gala
Event Date: 05/11/2012, 10:00 pm

Spanning four floors, two city blocks, and over ten million cubic feet of space, the opening night Gala will once again take over the sprawling main branch of The New York Public Library, filling the mammoth hallways and cavernous arches with music, dancing, merriment, mischief, wild performances, scandalous art, nibbles, noshes, chaos, curiosities, and infinite twists, turns, and general sensory excess. (Oh - and did we mention over twenty-five thousand cocktails?) Whether you're a self-proclaimed cocktail enthusiast or seasoned industry professional, or neither enthusiastic nor professional but in possession of at least a begrudging appreciation for a good stiff drink and a desire to attend the most epic cocktail party New York has ever seen - this is one event you do not want to miss.

Entrance includes unlimited drinks, food, general shenanigans, and as many fond memories as your relative sobriety will permit. Creative and/or slightly salty black tie optional (but general fanciness is emphatically required). Please note that the Manhattan Cocktail Classic will not be held liable for any injuries suffered (whether physical or emotional) by Gala attendees due to pre-existing phobias pertaining to open spaces, confined spaces, heights, clowns, and/or exotic birds. Don't say we didn't warn you.

Co-Presented by Esquire & Marie Claire

Friday, May 11th, 10:00pm - 1:00am
The New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street

Must be of legal drinking age - please be prepared to present a valid photo ID verifying that you are of legal drinking age.