Photos: Opening Night Gala Of The 2013 Manhattan Cocktail Classic

The Manhattan Cocktail Classic is a five-day celebration of the global spirits industry — running from May 17-21 this year. Part trade show, part bacchanalia, MCC organizers host intimate workshops and large-scale throwdowns throughout the entire city. Nearly 100 events are spread across five days and four boroughs, with a multi-day trade conference to boot. Most tickets sell out within days (and even hours), and one of the hottest events each year is the Opening Night Gala.

The Gala took place once again this year at The New York Public Library, and featured some 200+ drinks being served to roughly 3,000 attendees. As usual, the glitzy (and debaucherous) event went crazy late. Scroll through for some of the phots from the evening below. And check out the festival website for remaining tickets. There are still some very cool events going down.

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