When Master Sommelier Laura Maniec first began to dream of opening a wine school, she hoped to create a place where you could learn about wine in a casual setting—dropping in to a class like you might at a yoga studio, without the need to sign up for a semester-long commitment. But the dream grew from there—Maniec also wanted Corkbuzz to be a place that you could extend the experience, where you could return and bring friends for a glass of the wine you'd learned about in class. Realizing that there wasn't a wine bar or a wine school in the city quite like that—and realizing that she'd need all the liquor licenses and vendor accounts that go along with a wine bar anyway—Corkbuzz grew into the first of a new type of establishment. Maniec calls it a wine studio, and it's part wine school, part restaurant, part event space, and part wine bar.
As the holidays approach, Manhattan's major attractions draw bigger crowds than ever. And what does just about everyone need after a long day of sightseeing or holiday shopping? A drink. Here are our favorite drinking destinations near major tourist attractions.