Like a box of fine china or a man covered in ants, cocktails just beg to be shaken. Stir up the nightlife with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a 90-minute bartending class at Christophe LLC (a $40 value). Classes are held at Taverna MaZi Monday nights at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Professional spirit-slinger Christophe Rougny draws on years of experience bartending all over the world to impart students with the art and science of cocktail pouring. During each class, participants learn how different types of alcohol are made and gain an insider's perspective on recipes, mixing techniques, and how to refuse service to unbalanced bar stools. Students then have the opportunity to try their hand at conjuring cocktails of their own, taste-testing libations along the way. Classes consist of a maximum of 12 students, ensuring that the hands-on instruction is personal and that each libation is fairly judged.