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Step back in time to Prohibition-era New York with a tour of some of the Big Apple’s hidden speakeasies. During this 3-hour walking tour, a local guide will lead you to four tucked-away watering holes where patrons defied the national ban on liquor during the 1920s. Enjoy three vintage-inspired drinks and a bar snack while discovering the clandestine history of these rule-breaking East Village establishments. Minimum age is 21 yrs due to licensing regulations. ID required.

Highlights

  • 3-hour evening speakeasy tour of Manhattan's East Village
  • Walk to four secret bars popular during Prohibition
  • Learn from a knowledgeable guide about the history of New York City's off-the-radar drinking establishments
  • Three drinks and a snack are included

What You Can Expect

New York City Speakeasy Tour

Visit four secret bars of the Prohibition era

When the US Congress passed the 18th amendment banning the production and sale of liquor in 1919, many New Yorkers defied Prohibition by frequenting illegal, secret bars known as speakeasies. Many of these hidden watering holes have been remarkably preserved and still sling cocktails to modern-day city slickers.

Meet your knowledgeable guide in Manhattan’s East Village and begin your 3-hour walking tour at McSorley's Old Ale House. The oldest Irish tavern in New York, McSorley’s dates back to the mid-19th century and held onto its old-fashioned roots for so long that it did not admit female patrons until forced to do so by court order in 1970. Enjoy a pub snack and mug of ale here among the timeworn walls and century-old memorabilia.

Continue on to three other historic watering holes that are known to have been speakeasies during the 1920s. The exact itinerary will vary by day, but your guide will lead you to an insider’s selection of these hard-to-find spots, many accessed through secret, unmarked entrances or stairways. Soak up the nostalgic, clandestine atmosphere and enjoy a classic drink at each bar.

Customer Reviews

Eleanor B

4 star rating: Recommended August 2016

Good fun and interesting to hear about the local history. Very informative and friendly and made for a cool night out.

Alice L

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better December 2016

Our guide was very knowledgeable. However, we could not get into one of the places because of a private party. Our guide was not aware of the party. The drinks were good, but the snacks left much to be desired. The snack consisted of a sleeve of saltines with some cheese squares.

Kristine S

1 star rating: I do not recommend this January 2016

nothing was organized! We come to the first bar which is the most iconic one in nyc. Because the tour did not have a deal with the place we end up not getting in. We got in to the next bars but it was almost impossible to fit in there because we were 40 people. And the snacks is ONE macaroon.

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