After a 17-month hiatus, AMCs Mad Men is coming back to the small screen this Sunday at 9pm for its fifth season and New York City is excited about it. To celebrate the return of our favorite ad men (and woman), weve rounded up a few parties and promotions at NYC hotels, and in true Mad Men style, from packages to mixing classes theres no shortage of booze.
The Pierre, where Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce launched and where Peggy and Duck had an ahem encounter, is also getting into the Mad Men fun with a new cocktail menu at the bar and lounge, Two E (www.tajhotels.com/pierre). The $14 drinks are inspired by the show and include classic cocktails like Roger Sterlings staple Irish Coffee (Bushmills Irish Whiskey, rich simple syrup, coffee, and whipped cream), and the Christina Hendricks/Joan Halloway inspired Bikini Martini (Hendricks Gin, Peach Schnapps, and Curacao Blue). The cocktail menu premieres with a party Tuesday, March 27 at Two E from 6:30-9:30pm. Sixties outfits are encouraged, so wear your best Betty dress or Don suit. If you cant make it on the 27th, though, dont worry: The Mad Men cocktail menu will be available throughout the airing of season 5.
To throw your own Mad Men parties, you might be interested in the Astor Centers Mad Men themed cooking and cocktail mixing classes. If youre quick, you can grab one of the few remaining seats for the Dinner with MAD MEN: Hands-On Cooking & Cocktails class with Carl Raymond. Theres only one, and its this Saturday from 12-4pm, just in time for you to learn some techniques for an at-home premiere party. The class is $129 per person and features food trends and dishes of the 50s and 60s like Polynesian pork and baked chicken Supreme. If you dont make it for that class, though, you can also opt for the Time Travel Happy Hour: Mad Men Cocktails Class with Jenn Smith. The price tag is smaller, at $79, and since its on March 30, from 6:30-8pm, youll still have plenty of Season 5 viewing parties left where you can wow your friends with your Tom Collins and Old Fashioned mixing skills.