Scenes From the Manhattan Cocktail Classic Gala

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Cheerio. Photo: Christopher Lane

Cocktail obsessives gathered Friday night for one of the biggest events of the year: the Manhattan Cocktail Classic Gala at the New York Public Library. Dressed to impress, guests roamed the building’s four stories, sampling an all-you-can-drink cocktail buffet and passing between rooms decked out in the décor of swingin’ London, a clubby lounge, and even a list-only speakeasy courtesy of James Beard Outstanding Bar Program winners PDT. In one area, the Naked Cowboy held court in front of a table of his eponymous oysters, while in the basement, dancers performed to big band sounds. See it all straight ahead.