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Paint and sip with these BYOB painting classes in NYC

Instead of hitting your usual watering hole, sign up for BYOB painting classes in NYC for a more creative night out

Written by
Annalise Mantz
Shaye Weaver
Camila Karalyte

There’s only one thing better than the number of painting classes and art classes in NYC: BYOB painting classes. Where you can sip and paint simultaneously like most of the great artists do (we think). And who knows? Maybe your tipsy creations will be worth something. 

Get those creative juices flowing and release your inner artist. Whether you need an activity for an evening with your best gals or you’re looking for cute date ideas, or even a solo date, BYOB painting classes fit the bill. (We also snuck in some options of painting classes that provide the drinks so you don't have to schlep with bags). Aren't we kind? Here are the best BYOB painting classes in NYC. 

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BYOB painting classes in NYC

NYC Tipsy Painters
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1. NYC Tipsy Painters

Unlike most other classes on this list, Tipsy Painters is actually a painting party that moves between bars and restaurants in Manhattan. Instead of bringing your own bottle of wine, take advantage of the half-price drink specials while you learn to shade, mix tints and blend paints. Recent venues include Turtle Bay and Boxers Sports Bar. 


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  • Classes and workshops
  • Upper West Side
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This art workshop/studio offers “art that rocks the soul,” and certainly provides a wide variety of avenues for adults to test that proposition with drink in hand. Want to learn how to paint a portrait of your beloved pet? There’s a class for that. Create a masterpiece from a selfie? Ditto. There are also courses in creating abstract art with poured paint, painting wood signs as mementos and sipping wine while working at the easel. 

Adult Paint + Sip: Oil Painting
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3. Adult Paint + Sip: Oil Painting

A relaxing evening of me time, this adult paint + sip class offers intermediate painters the opportunity to hone in their oil painting skills. Students are encouraged to bring in their own subject matter to work from, like photos or objects, to give the painting a more personal connection. Great way to spend an evening for you and your artsy pals.  

The Painting Lounge
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4. The Painting Lounge

With studios in Midtown, Chelsea, Harlem and Williamsburg, the Painting Lounge is one of the most convenient options for BYOB painting classes. Crack open a cold beer or bottle of wine as you replicate the night’s featured artwork with a little help from a stencil. The price varies depending on the painting and length of class, but most last around two hours.

Paint and Sip Studio NY
Photograph: Courtesy Paint & Sip Studio NY

5. Paint and Sip Studio NY

This Upper West Side art center hosts BYOB painting classes nearly every day, making it easy to get your paint fix whenever you want. Capture the glittering Manhattan skyline or changing leaves in Central Park on your canvas or replicate well-known works like Georgia O’Keeffe’s Two Calla Lilies on Pink or Claude Monet’s The Water Lily Pond.

The Painting Hangout
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6. The Painting Hangout

Down a few glasses of chardonnay to reduce your inhibitions, then let your paintbrush go wild on the blank canvas at Painting Hangout (315 E 57th St.). Exercising your creative impulses works surprisingly well as a stress reliever. Want to frame your artwork? The Painting Hangout also offers ready-made frames for an added fee. 

  • Art
  • Painting
  • Harlem

Paint ‘N Pour says it isn't like other sip and paint classes—"with the belief that paint parties could (and should) be less basic and more extra." Guests learn to paint to boppin’ playlists, chef-curated bites, and an open bar that’s sure to get the creativity flowing with top-shelf alcohol. Each ticket includes themed professional painting instruction, all necessary art supplies, and an open bar. Even better, there are locations in Harlem and the Lower East Side. 

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