* If you’ve seen any of that revitalization up close, you’ve recently had a drink made with bitters. But it’s a talented chef who can figure out how to work bitters into a four-course dinner. You’re in good hands with chef Howard Hanna, who co-owns the Rieger (1924 Main) with Ryan Maybee. The restaurant’s Angostura Bitters Dinner ($90) is from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday.
* “Horsefeathers” sounds like the name of a screwball comedy from a bygone era, but it’s actually a classic cocktail made with whiskey and ginger ale. Chris Conatser, who won the contest in 2008, is behind the bar to crank out that drink from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. the same evening at Grünauer (101 West 22nd Street). Your $5 cover also gets you a Snuff Jazz performance.
* The namesake cocktail competition is Sunday at the Uptown Theater (3700 Broadway). What to expect: 12 mixologists competing onstage for a $1,000 purse. Conatser is a favorite, but nothing’s sure as long as the Farmhouse’s Arturo Vera-Felicie, who took home the crown in 2009, is in the house. In addition to the drink-shaking: a burlesque show and tasty bites from the Local Pig. Tickets ($25) include one drink token.