’s TripPicks This Week: Tuesday, Feb. 27 – Monday, Mar. 6

Photo: Astrozombie / Flickr is an innovative planning tool that tailors recommendations for places to stay, eat and play to your specific tastes. It also allows you to share your great experiences with people who have the same interests as you; people in your “tribes.”’s TripPicks This Week feature empowers you to discover and take advantage of great events, openings and exhibits throughout the city each week.

Here are some exciting events and sites to check out this week in Downtown New York, courtesy of Visit the site or download the app for more upcoming events.

Photo: Phil Long/Flickr
Photo: Phil Long/Flickr

1.Whisky Live!

Pier 60 (Chelsea)

Wednesday, Mar. 1 from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Mark Twain once said “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” We are pretty sure that Whisky Live!, which offers whisky lovers the chance to sample 300 different scotches, bourbons and whiskies from around the world, would have satisfied Mr. Twain’s thirst for “the water of life”. Tickets start at $139, with buffet and entertainment included.

Photo: Kick Photo/Flickr
Photo: Kick Photo/Flickr

2.Shoebox Sample Sale

260 Sample (Flatiron)

Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM; Wednesday, Mar. 1 – Saturday, Mar. 4 from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Sunday, Mar. 5 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

New York was made for walking, and if you want to strut down its streets in style, stop by the  Shoebox sample sale this weekend for fabulous footwear, apparel and bags from brands like Jimmy Choo, Sergio Rossi, See By Chloe, Schutz and more.

Photo: Adrian Scottow/Flickr
Photo: Adrian Scottow/Flickr

3.Cocktails & Bites

Pier A (Battery Park)

Thursday, Mar. 2 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

You better believe we’ll be in Good Spirits at Edible Manhattan’s cocktail extravaganza! This tasting event will serving up our all-time favorite cocktails and turning us onto new ones from some of the top mixologists in the game. Drinks will be perfectly paired with gourmet bites. Tickets start at $60.

Photo: Phil Roeder/Flickr
Photo: Phil Roeder/Flickr
  1.  Trivial Dispute

Crocodile Lounge (Lower East Side)

Wednesdays at 8:30 PM

So what if smartasses like to show off their little trove of trivia treasures? Forget the haters, and come check out Trivial Dispute at Crocodile Lounge, where smartasses (ourselves amongst them) can proudly boast and be rewarded. FREE!

Photo: Astrozombie / Flickr
Photo: Astrozombie / Flickr
  1. Union Square Tour

Union Square Park (Union Square)

Saturday, Mar. 4 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Led by the knowledgeable historians of Big Onion Walking Tours, this lively tour takes participants around the vibrant neighborhood of Union Square to learn about the social and political events and people that shaped its rich history. FREE!

Photo: Chad Kainz/ Flickr
Photo: Chad Kainz/ Flickr
  1.  LGBTQ Bartending Competition

Boxers NYC (Chelsea) Wednesday, Mar. 1 from 8-11pm

Head to Boxers to watch New York’s best LGBTQ bartenders battle it out in the first of seventeen competitions for a chance mix it up at the world’s largest annual LGBTQ bartending event. Hosted by Sherry Vine and Patrik Gallineaux, with live performance by Leanne Borghesi. FREE!