FROM THE Summer 2015 ISSUE

Finding a venue for group outings that suits the interests of all members involved can often be a challenge. The American Music Theatre, located in Lancaster County, seeks to entertain audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The venue aims to fulfill its mission: to create an extraordinary, immersive, live entertainment experience by promoting an aggressive and diverse schedule of top national touring artists and compel- ling musical productions.

“Groups consistently compare the quality of our shows and vocalists to Broadway,” says Nicole Sutton, group sales manager of American Music Theatre. “That quality paired with the ease of traveling to and from Lancaster County keeps them returning again and again.” The 1,600-seat theater hosts both touring concerts and Original Shows—performances written, directed, and produced completely in-house. Since their 1997 debut, American Music Theatre has offered exceptional variety in live entertainment, with entertain- ers ranging from The Beatles’ Ringo Starr to comedian Jay Leno. Their 2015 Original Show, Inspire, kicked off this April and runs through early October. 

Get ready for fall with this seasonally appropriate cocktail. Corgi Spirits, an independent small-batch distillery located in Jersey City, has hosted a variety of private events including corporate parties; catering is BYO. The Lounge—a plush drinking parlor—is spacious yet cozy and the entire tasting room can be rented to accommodate larger groups.

—1.5 oz. Corgi Spirits Pembroke Gin
—3 oz. fresh apple cider
—0.25 oz. ginger simple syrup*
—3 thyme sprigs
—thyme sprig for garnish


About the Cocktail: Two European beneficiaries of the spice trade are referenced in a split base of gin and rhum agricole; with Greek yogurt, coconut water and makrut lime leaf adding creamy echoes of an Indian lassi.

Pouring Ribbons, a second-story bar in New York City’s East Village, can accommodate groups of 30-40 people; the entire bar can hold 100.

—1.5 oz. Tanqueray gin
—.5 oz. JM Rhum Agricole 100 Proof
—1 oz. coconut water syrup
—.5 oz. lime juice
—1 tsp. Greek yogurt
—1 makrut lime leaf


Atop the new Pod Brooklyn is RFTP, a bar and lounge with views of Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood and the Manhattan skyline. Much like the Pod Hotels brand, RFTP is modern, minimal and cool. With a zinc bar and cushioned wooden “banquettes,” the space can host private events for up to 200 guests.

—1.5 oz. Hendrick’s Gin
—mint leaves
—soda water