Looking to do something creative to do with a friend or a date? Learn something new while sipping the beverage of your choice at these BYOB classes around the city. You'll leave with a new skill, a buzz, and a full stomach or piece of new art to take home. For more cooking classes in New York, click here.
1. BYOB Painting at Paint Along NYC
Sip wine (or whatever you want) as instructors walk you through a painting of the day. This isn’t free form—everyone in the class will come out with versions of the same painting—but for a beginner, this is a great way to get introduced to acrylic and canvas. And you get to leave with a new (semi-original) painting to hang in your apartment.
No, this is not a tantric massage workshop. It’s an aphrodisiac cooking class! Professional chef will teach you to work with ingredients that’ll get you and whoever you serve in the mood, helping you prepare a delicious three-course meal. You’ll eat it at the end, of course, and take home the recipes. And feel free to drink as you cook.
3. Sushi & Dumpling at Taste Buds Kitchen
You don’t have to be Jiro to make some delicious maki. This class will teach you how to turn sticky rice, seaweed and the ingredients of your choice into yummy roles (though raw fish isn’t used). The art of dumpling folding will also be imparted. Bring some beer or sake and get rolling.
4. Sip and Spin at Choplet Ceramics Studio
Get covered in clay at this Friday evening ceramic wheel class. You'll can learn the basics, or more advanced techniques and even make pottery Demi Moore-style (well, maybe if you drink enough). The studio will even fire and glaze one of your pieces, so you can go home with a new vase or bowl.
5. Tapas Españolas at Taste Buds Kitchen
Learn all the small-plate tricks to throw an amazing dinner party. Dishes include juicy albondigas (meatballs), butternut squash empanadas and patatas braves in spicy sauce. Bring a nice bottle of Spanish wine and nibble your night away.
6. BYOB Pastel Painting Class Party at The Art Studio NY
Learn pastel techniques like blending, composition and more while creating a painting step by step and color by color. Themes of the paintings rotate from landscapes to abstract, but wine and beer are constants. Just don't bring hard alcohol—only the mellower stuff here.
7. Homemade Pasta at Taste Buds Kitchen
Calling all noodle nuts. Learn to make fresh fettucini and ravioli by hand, along with homemade tomato sauce. You'll learn the tricks to make lots of wacky shapes, and roll and cut the pasta yourself. Perfect for a night with friends and wine.