Open run | 1h 40m | Midtown W

The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking

From 138 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Quirky, Intelligent

About the show

Playing in an authentic New York speakeasy, 'The Imbible' sweeps audiences along a 10,000-year journey through history accompanied by craft cocktails and the vocal stylings of The Backwaiters a cappella group. More…

Sit back and enjoy the music and drinks while Anthony holds forth on the history and science behind alcoholic beverages, traces their economic and political impact on our cultural development, conducts live demonstrations of brewing beer and distilling spirits, and – like any good bartender – keeps his guests laughing throughout the night! Combining Anthony’s encyclopedic knowledge of beverage history and decades of bartending experience with his skills as a storyteller and entertainer, 'The Imbible' treats audiences to a completely original evening of immersive theatre.


Member Reviews (138)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Quirky, Intelligent
80
Avg Score

80
Entertaining, Fluffy, Great singing, Quirky, Funny

See it if You want fun facts about the history of alcohol in a relaxed setting with 3 included drinks.

Don't see it if You want traditional theatre with a plot & character development. You're not OK with having drinks served during the show.

Also You don't select the drinks served during the show. You don't have to ... Read more Read less

83
Delightful

See it if you like yo imbibe three drinks in 95 minutes: A shandy, and old fashioned, and a gin and tonic. Pay attention, because there's a quiz.

Don't see it if if you do not drink or care about any form of alcohol. The upscale theatre bar might change your mind.

91
Entertaining

See it if You'll enjoy the history of alcohol while having 3 alcoholic beverages and a big container of popcorn all included in the ticket price.

Don't see it if You don't drink alcohol.

79
Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Drinks included!

See it if You enjoy a drink and the history of said drink; are looking for fun and not a story

Don't see it if You want a traditional theatre experience and/or do not drink

Also Attend with drinking in mind; have a drink or two before and don't wor... Read more Read less

86
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Educational, Unique

See it if you are looking for a show that is fun, unpretentious and doesn't take itself seriously. 3 genuine alcoholics drinks comes with the ticket.

Don't see it if you are a teetotaler or you must have an epic performance.

Also The people at this show were so nice! Some seats have backs, others cl... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Slow, Quirky, Fluffy, Cliched

See it if You want 3 drinks and a tub of popcorn with your evening out. Not really theater, probably more for tourists.

Don't see it if You don't like being lectured.

83
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Must see

See it if You drink

Don't see it if You don't ever drink

85
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you are intellectually curious and don't mind smiling while you learn. This is an entertaining and occasionally interactive lecture.

Don't see it if you are looking for a conventional production that respects the fourth wall.

76
Clever, Fun, Tasty, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if You want a fun evening to drink and learn a bit about what you are drinking!

Don't see it if You don't drink alcohol or appreciate the bartending arts.

74
Educational, Entertaining, Great singing, Indulgent, Basic

See it if you want to learn more about alcohol through the ages, or just sit, drink, laugh, and have a good time.

Don't see it if you're expecting a traditional musical or something very plot-based. This is a series of educational sketches with gorgeous singing also.

75
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You are curious about history of "drinking". See it for 3 free drinks. For a night out.

Don't see it if Don't like history, don't like drinking....don't see this.

77
Entertaining, Cliched, Thought-provoking, Fluffy

See it if you want to learn a little about alcohol and it's history, with a few songs and jokes thrown in from time to time.

Don't see it if you don't drink.. I would recommend having at least one or more drinks to start to get into the spirit of the show, even before it starts.

89
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Exquisite

See it if A history of drinking with three free drinks included. A musical about alcohol.

Don't see it if You don’t like musicals or are offended by stereotypes. Or you do not drink

82
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Intelligent, Clever

See it if you are interested in the history of alcohol or if you just want a fun evening and a couple of drinks. The cast is talented and charming.

Don't see it if you expect great art or lavish sets & costumes. This is minimilist & often silly. But it is fun. Probably not fun if you don't drink at all.

80
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a fun, campy show. A talented cast cavorts around a bar making merry. Lighthearted levity brews up a great time.

Don't see it if you want serious theater or you are not interested in the history of alcohol.

74
Funny, Slow, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You like to learn a little while watching a show, and like getting served some alcohol as well!

Don't see it if You don’t like to drink, don’t like non-traditional theaters where there is no formal stage, or you don’t like sitting in high-top seats.

Also I preferred Day Drinking better since that one had something of a stor... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Original, Educational

See it if you want a fun, story-telling, history lesson evening. like drinks; interested in the history of cocktails;

Don't see it if you don't like low budget shows; don't like alcohol;

80
Absorbing, Intelligent, Original, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy informative, insightful, witty presentations mixed with history and sociology, and stirred with good performances.

Don't see it if If your membership in AA conflicts with the topic of the show, you don't want to think and have fun at the same time.

85
Clever, Funny, Educational, Includes drinks

See it if Want Fun evening out. Very cute- with even some education included. And the included drinks and popcorn ( albeit salty) did not hurt.

Don't see it if You dislike alcohol or alternatively, you are misguided and think ( wrongly) this could be a binge

79
Original, Scientific, Refreshing, Fun, Tasty drinks

See it if you want an educational, entertaining lecture with some songs. A bit too scientific but the cast was engaging and the atmosphere pleasant.

Don't see it if you wouldn't like an inventive bar setting. Too much talking rather than singing. However nicely done overall.

Also All songs were acapella. It would have been nice if at least one actor... Read more Read less

76
Clever, Entertaining, Fun!

See it if You want a fun night out - with drinks [there's popcorn too] and live entertainment [acapella] and you might learn something.

Don't see it if You are expecting theater - it's not. You are expecting anything but a light, fun night.

85
Entertaining, Fun, Educational

See it if You want to learn about the history of alcoholic beverages in a entertaining environment and enjoy three "free" drinks

Don't see it if You want a traditional play

80
Delightful, Funny, Intelligent, Quirky, Must see

See it if you enjoy history, science, and drinking with a bit of singing thrown in.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy drinking or trivia.

69
Clever, Fluffy, Insipid, Hilarious, Great singing

See it if You like Ted-talks, cocktails, and barbershop quartets. If you think this combo sounds great this show will really work.

Don't see it if You want production past slides and drinks. Mind some mixed performances. Want a story instead of infotainment.

Also This is an interesting,fun, and enjoyable show that comes with a shand... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if You like educational shows where you can learn about something and have a good time.

Don't see it if You don't drink. Don't want to learn.


November 9th, 2016
"'The Imbible' is more than just drunk theater. It's educational theater at its finest...It's simultaneously entertaining and educational...As a writer, Caporale brings a plethora of passion and knowledge into his production, bringing the audience on a ride like no other. But the piece occasional...
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April 25th, 2017
“Filled with fun facts, a cappella songs, lots of laughs, and three complimentary thematically related drinks. And then lots more laughs…The wildly entertaining and affable Caporale leads us on a 10,000-year international journey…Equal parts smart and silly…From the drunkenness of Noah to the rep...
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June 23rd, 2016
"Written by and starting in this gem is bartender Caporale. One can sense his love of the craft from the very beginning...His history and chemistry lesson spans the centuries highlighting the ups and downs and origins of our favorite libation...Infused with barbershop quartet melodies and zippy l...
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September 1st, 2015
"In a zippy and informative 100 minutes or so, Caporale and Co. explain how primitive man must have stumbled across beer and how this must have made the Neolithic dance floor a sprightlier place...The quartet rework traditional melodies with larkish alcohol-related lyrics, act out skits, and some...
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