What's Your Pleasure?


The lifeblood of Astor, the nectar of the gods, Bacchus's drink of choice. We wouldn't be here if it weren't for this mystical juice, and as such, we plan to devote a good deal of time to its study. (There may be some drinking involved, too.)

Perfect Pairings

Wine and cheese? Oh, but that's only the beginning! Explore the magical flavor combinations of Scotch and chocolate; beer and bacon; saké and scallops; Champagne and caviar...


While Astor Wines & Spirits isn't allowed to sell the stuff, that doesn't mean we can't learn about the brew upstairs! From beginner beer drinking to mastering the micro-brews to pairing hops with haggis - come raise a pint with us at Astor Center.

Hands-On Learning

It's all well and good to watch the pros at work, but there's no better way to learn than to roll up your sleeves and do it yourself. Grab an apron and head to the Kitchen for some up close and personal encounters of the edible (and drinkable) kind.
Saké Events


With saké bars popping up faster than mole heads at a country fair arcade, it's high time us New Yorkers caught up with the rest of the world. Whether you're a novice looking to learn the ropes, or a connoisseur of Japan's national drink - we've got a class for you.
Spirits & Cocktail Events

Spirits & Cocktails

Though people often shorten the store's name to simply "Astor Wines", we've always been big proponents of the higher-proof libations. Whether you're looking to brush up on your Single Malts or shake up the perfect caipirinha, we've got plenty of classes to whet your whistle.
Culture & Politics

Food & Culture

From the origins of the Farm to Fork movement, to the interplay between food and faith, to the great foie gras debate - take a moment to explore the social origins and cultural implications of our hedonistic pursuits.