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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.

Highlights

  • 2.5-hour 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

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The East Village, once an immigrant neighborhood, is today one of Manhattan's prime nightlife districts. You’ll discover local haunts and hidden watering holes where bartenders are revolutionizing cocktails with artisanal ingredients.

What You Can Expect

East Village Walking Tour: Craft Cocktails and Speakeasies

Enjoy craft cocktails at three East Village establishments.

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.

Customer Reviews

EUGENIO I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

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

Shanna N USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 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!

georgesk12

4 star rating: Recommended January 2016

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

Vickie T

4 star rating: Recommended October 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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