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NYC East Village: Craft Cocktails and Speakeasies Walking Tour (Small Group)

New York County, United States
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2 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


Take an evening walking tour with an in-the-know guide through the heart of Manhattan’s booming cocktail scene. New York is a true cocktail town, both for classic and cutting-edge libations, and the East Village, where this tour takes place, is one of the best places to drink in the Big Apple. Enjoy three beverages and explore the dynamic neighborhood, learning about where the best restaurants and bars are in the area. This small group tour is limited to a dozen people, which means more attention from the guide.
  • Evening cocktail walking tour in the East Village
  • Taste three craft cocktails at some of the best bars and hidden gems in Manhattan
  • Discover locally produced spirits from microdistilleries
  • Learn from a knowledgeable guide how Prohibition-era speakeasies shaped New York City
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 ensures personalized attention
Meet your guide in Tompkins Square Park, the biggest swath of greenery in the East Village, and begin the tour. You’ll be introduced to a water fountain that was donated to the city by a temperance advocate who promoted imbibing water rather than whiskey.
Then head out, exploring the streets of the East Village. Learn about New York cocktail culture and the major players, the bartenders and mixologists of the drinking scene here. See former speakeasies (hidden bars during Prohibition) and listen to stories about politicians and mobsters who secretly kept the booze flowing during the period when alcohol was illegal.
Visit Astor Wines, one of the best wine and spirits shops in the city. Get introduced to micro-distillers and many of the alcohol companies that are local. And if you want to make a purchase, the guide is there to offer recommendations.
After visiting a few cocktail-centric spots, learn from your guide where are the best places to imbibe in the neighborhood.


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, May 2018

We had a fabulous time on our Tour! I live in NYC and took this tour while my mom was visiting from out of state. All three of the locations I had never been to, and I learned so much about the history of speakeasies and cocktails in New York. I would definitely recommend if you're looking for something unique to do while in the city!

Mira S
, Apr 2018

The tour exceeded my expectations. It was fun, informative and I learnt a lot more about history and life in New York even with my frequent visits to the city. I had a tour with New York City Urban Adventures for the first time. After this wonderful experience I will certainly try all the tours they are offering. Apart from having a very enjoyable tour, our very knowledgeable guide Brian Hoffman gave us many tips about New York and other cities we planned to visit in the States. Also the company Urban Adventures are established in some other European cities. Im definitely going to check them out.

Catherine B
, Feb 2018

Josh was a great guide and we enjoyed the tour. At this point I would warn people who book through Viator to be careful if they change the date. Poor josh waited for us on a very cold Thursday night and when we were a no show was unable to contact us as Viator dont release our details to tour operators. This meant when we turned up on the very cold Monday night there was no tour for us and the number we were given went to voice mail. Once we were home with an email address the problem was rectified and we had the tour the next night but this meant we missed other potential things to do on our last night in NYC. Fortunately I had kept all correspondence from Viator so there wasnt a problem proving I had changed the date but very inconvenient for Josh and us!

Daniel S
, Oct 2017

Had a great time on this tour. My wife and I joined a group of 1 and another of 4. We met our guide Jillian at the entrance to the park and we proceeded traipse about the East Village, listening to a history lesson while we stopped at three speakeasy locations along the way. This was a really fun time and I would recommend this tour and tour company to help show you around and have a good time.

, Oct 2017

Amazing. It was just the two of us and our guide. Very friendly and professional

Charles V W
, May 2017

Excellent tour. Our guide Jessie was terrific. We learned a lot about the history of NYC speakeasies as well as had some great cocktails and snacks.

, Jul 2016

Our guide josh was great! He was very knowledgable it was fun and educational for all .
Would definitely do again

, Jan 2016

The third bar was so-so. I recommend finding a more interesting venue.

Shanna N
, Nov 2015

This was a great tour and our guide Josh was very friendly and knowledgeable.. We learned a lot about speakeasies and gangsters, saw some interesting places and tasted some tasty drinks. Would definitely recommend and I would do this one again!

Vickie T
, Oct 2015

The tour was very interesting and you learn a lot about the history of the speakeasies. I think I actually expected more from this tour. The drinks are about half of a typical drink at each establishment. Our tour guide Brian Hoffman was excellent. The first speakeasy on the tour was the best one of the tour. You walk through a working barber shop to get access to the bar.

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