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Great Jones Distilling Co. Celebrates New York’s Golden Age

Sit back, sip, and socialize at Manhattan’s only distillery.

By Ava Diaz

There Lobby of Great Jones Distilling Co. CREDIT Great Jones Distilling Co.

Great Jones Distilling Co. is Manhattan’s first distillery since the pre-prohibition era. Located in the heart of the NoHo neighborhood, the restaurant, distillery, and event space only serves New York-made spirits, wine, and beer, with tasty bites to complement. The in-house whiskey is made from 100% New York-sourced grain that is then distilled and aged for a minimum of four years in new charred American Oak barrels.

Aside from its tasty sips, the four-level venue is comprised of The Grid Restaurant and gift shop on the main floor, and three other distinct private areas throughout the other floors that are available for individual rental or can be combined for a full buyout. The first of the three is the 650-square-foot Penthouse Lounge which offers space for a 60-person reception or a 20-person banquet. Located on the third floor, this intimate space overlooks Broadway Avenue and features a library, projector screen, and private service bar.

The Penthouse event space is located on the third floor of the distillery. CREDIT Great Jones Distilling Co.

The Distillery on the second floor is where all the magic happens. The 1,000-square-foot facility can accommodate up to 125 people for a reception-style event in the center of the production floor. Allow guests to mingle around the equipment and ingredients that make up their tasty drinks. And for old time’s sake, rent the 420-square-foot Speakeasy for up to 50 people. Its unique location hidden below street level is said to have been the location of a Prohibition-era rum runner’s tunnel.

The Speakeasy is located on the lower level of the distillery. CREDIT Great Jones Distilling Co.

To elevate your group’s experience at this cocktail haven, try for one of the distillery’s four add-on activities—perfect for a team-bonding outing.

Distillery Tour

Duration: 1 hour

Available Tuesday through Sunday, groups of up to 20 can partake in a distillery tour and tasting to learn more about the process of creating the distinctive flavors of whiskey.

Bourbon & Bites

Duration: 1 hour

Available on Tuesdays, this group experience for up to 16 guests features an in-depth distillery tour and whiskey tasting experience with cheese, chocolate, and charcuterie from local purveyors to complement.

Canapes & Cocktails

Duration: 2 hours

Available every Thursday, up to 20 guests will embark on a six-course tasting that features whiskey cocktails and food pairings led by Great Jone’s head mixologist and executive chef from The Grid Restaurant, Adam Raksin.

The Shake Up

Duration: 2 hours

Learn the tips and tricks to create your own sips at home. Available every Wednesday and Saturday, a team of Great Jones mixologists will guide up to 12 guests through a unique whiskey cocktail making course.