If you like to play party host or simply enjoy a good drink, you shouldn’t miss the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, an annual celebration that began in 2009 and is described as “part festival, part fête, part conference, and part cocktail party.” We’re definitely going for the cocktail party, but with five days’ worth of events, you’ll have plenty to choose from. Events include “Evolution of the Cocktail,” “Sunday Soulloon with G.Love,” and tonight’s opening gala, which boasts four floors of dancing and unlimited food and drinks all inside the New York Public Library. The saying “Only in New York” actually rings true this time.

Fri., May 11, 10 p.m.; Mondays-Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays. Starts: May 11. Continues through May 15, 2012