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New York City Speakeasy Tour

New York, United States

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Step back in time to Prohibition-era New York on a tour of some of the Big Apple’s hidden speakeasies. During this walking tour, a local guide leads you to tucked-away watering holes where patrons defied the national ban on liquor during the 1920s. Enjoy 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.
  • Evening speakeasy tour of Manhattan's East Village
  • Walk to secret bars popular during Prohibition
  • Learn from a knowledgeable guide about the history of New York City's off-the-radar drinking establishments
  • Drinks and a snack are included
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3 drinks (guide's choice)
Snack (exact snack can vary)
Cover charges
Professional guide
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

McSorley's., 15 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003, USA

Departure Time

7:00 PM

Return Details

The Back Room, 102 Norfolk St, New York, NY 10002, USA
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 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 varies by day, but your guide leads 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.
Stop At:  
McSorley's Old Ale House
One local beer and snack included. After that you will visit other 3 speakeasy bar.. join to discover!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 21 years
  • A current valid government-issued photo identification document must be brought on the day of the tour
  • Dress code is smart casual; no jeans
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY The New York Nightlife

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  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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9 Reviews
3 stars
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What an excellent unusual experience...
Lesley D
, Oct 2017
What an excellent unusual experience. We had a fantastic time. Highly recommended.
Tuis was another lively trip. Daniel...
Judith C
, Jan 2017
Tuis was another lively trip. Daniel our guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and personable. He ensured we were all catered for. The bars were great.
Our guide was very knowledgeable...
Alice L
, Dec 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.
Good fun and interesting to hear...
Eleanor B
, Aug 2016
Good fun and interesting to hear about the local history. Very informative and friendly and made for a cool night out.
nothing was organized! We come to...
Kristine S
, Jan 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.
Trevligt och lärorikt ! Vår guide...
Ulla Maria H
, Oct 2016
Trevligt och lärorikt ! Vår guide Daniel var kunnig och mycket trevlig. Det som drar ner betyget är att gruppen var mycket stor, blir inte så personligt då.
Nous avons visité 4 bars...
Catherine O
, May 2016
Nous avons visité 4 bars magnifiques. Toutefois, la manière dont était organisée la visite ne nous a pas satisfaits du tout. Nous étions plusieurs à parler français, le guide parlait cette langue, mais ne jugeait pas utile de traduire. Nous avons du suivre les guides tel un troupeau mal ordonné. Dans les bars, nous ne recevions pas d'information précise, dans le premier bar, nous avons reçu chacune 2 bières chacune et quelques crackers, dans le suivant une absinthe et dans le dernier une tasse de prosecco ! En bref, nous avons beaucoup aimé les endroits, mais nous n'avons pas apprécié l'organisation qui était vraiment médiocre. Nous ne recommanderons pas cette excursion, mais donnerons volontiers les adresses des bars.
Bei der Speakeasy-Tour werden die...
Herta S
, Jan 2016
Bei der Speakeasy-Tour werden die trendigen Viertel East Village und Lower Eastside besucht. Für alle, die außergewöhnliche Lokale in einem außergewöhnlichen Viertel mögen. Für mich ein Volltreffer!

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