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Lonely Planet Experiences: East Village Cocktails & Speakeasies Small Group Tour

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$91.96

Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience powered by Urban Adventures.
This happy hour tour is taking you to the centre of New York’s booming cocktail culture as we visit some of the best bars in the city. Along the way, we’ll sample delicious libations, swap tales of speakeasies and gangsters, shop for new locally produced spirits, get tips on how to make your own craft cocktails, and discover some of the best places to grab a drink in the Big Apple.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Minimum age is 21 years (ID required)
- Dress code is smart casual
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Most travelers can participate
- On most tours you visit a restaurant and bar that follows sustainable practices, including being completely vegan and using paper straws.
- Your guide will discuss the New York Farm Distillery License which helps launch small spirit businesses and stimulates the local agriculture industry.
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

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Itinerary
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Stop At: Tompkins Square Park, From 7th To 10th Streets Between Avenues A and B, New York City, NY 10009

We meet at this park in the center of the neighborhood which was once not such a safe place to hang out but today is full of dog parks, children’s playgrounds, street art, and sometimes we get to hear live jazz music in the park. Inside the park, we see an historic Temperance Fountain that is left over from the temperance movement trying to curb people’s consumption of alcohol.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: St. Mark's Place, 113 St Marks Pl, New York City, NY 10009-5161

Stroll down the main drag of the East Village where we talk about the New York cocktail culture, pointing out some of the most famous speakeasies and modern day restaurants.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: William Barnacle Tavern, 80 Saint Marks Pl, New York City, NY 10003-8194

This historic speakeasy from Prohibition has lots of history and stories, including the one we tell about the gangster who hid unpaid tax money in the basement. The modern day bar also serves as one of our tastings, where we try absinthe prepared in the bohemian style.


Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Theatre 80 Saint Marks, 80 St. Marks Place, New York City, NY

While sipping on absinthe made at the bar next door, we get to visit the lobby of the theater and learn the story of the gangster who tried to evade paying taxes during Prohibition. We hear stories of bootlegging, murder, and classic New York theater.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Museum of the American Gangster, 80 Saint Marks Pl, New York City, NY 10003-8194

We don’t visit the entire museum, but see the theater and bar that is part of it. We hear the story of the gangster who ran the speakeasy that was inside this building during Prohibition and how he attempted to evade paying taxes on the millions of dollars he illegally earned.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Astor Wines & Spirits, 399 Lafayette St At East 4th Street, New York City, NY 10003-7001

Inside an old landmarked printing press, is New York’s most famous wine and liquor store. Some nights we do a tasting and learn about how to make spirits and which local libations are the best to purchase. We come here for all your cocktail supplies.

Duration: 10 minutes

Departure:

Departure point:

131 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009, USA

Departure time:

6:00 PM

Duration:

2 hours 30 minutes

Inclusions:

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Terms and Conditions:

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


Reviews:

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Karen C

Shelley was a wonderful tour guide! Very knowledgeable and fun. Truly enjoyed the history and drinks. We had a great time!

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cohenfam94

Really enjoyed our tour of East Village - bars and speak easy. Our guide, Sheli was a fantastic host and shared the history and experiences of the area. Gave us a great tip for dinner too. Highly recommended!

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Para L

Brian was an excellent tour guide. At the beginning of the tour, he met us with yummy infused cupcakes ( outstanding). He shared with us the history of The East Village, very interesting. We went to several amazing speakeasy locations, super fun. I would definitely recommend.

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candicemillard1

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!

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Mira S

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.

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Daniel S

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.

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SIMON J

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

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Charles V W

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.

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EUGENIO I

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

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Catherine B

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!


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Lonely Planet Experiences: East Village Cocktails & Speakeasies Small Group Tour
Overview:

Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience powered by Urban Adventures.
This happy hour tour is taking you to the centre of New York’s booming cocktail culture as we visit some of the best bars in the city. Along the way, we’ll sample delicious libations, swap tales of speakeasies and gangsters, shop for new locally produced spirits, get tips on how to make your own craft cocktails, and discover some of the best places to grab a drink in the Big Apple.

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$91.96

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