East Ville des Folies
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Classy boozehounds and carnival fans can indulge all their vices at this beer-and-whiskey festival. The merriment takes place, fittingly, at Webster Hall, the 128-year-old space that served as a speakeasy for Al Capone and his cronies during Prohibition. Bartenders will pour more than 90 whiskeys (including the Black Grouse, Highland Park and Speyburn) and beers (Smuttynose, Blue Point), while burlesque dancers, trapeze artists and circus acts dazzle tipsy revelers. While the evening is full-scale debauchery, its cause is noble: A portion of proceeds go to the Third Street Music School Settlement, to support arts instruction for low-income New York City students.