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

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

Location:
New York, United States
Country:
United States
Duration:
2 hours 30 minutes
Operates:
Daily
Highlights:
Free drinks included
Led by a local guide
Instant Confirmation
Small-group tour
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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

Inclusions

  • 3 craft cocktails
  • Professional Local guide

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Bottles of spirits

Departure Time

6:00 PM

Departure Point

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

Returns To

East Houston Street, E Houston St, New York, NY, USA

Additional Information

  • 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

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.75 out of 5 based on the last 12 recent reviews

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!
• Submitted 20 Sep 2019
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.
• Submitted 12 Aug 2019
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!
• Submitted 03 May 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.
• Submitted 13 Apr 2018
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.
• Submitted 22 Oct 2017
Amazing. It was just the two of us and our guide. Very friendly and professional
• Submitted 12 Oct 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.
• Submitted 15 May 2017
Our guide josh was great! He was very knowledgable it was fun and educational for all . Would definitely do again
• Submitted 05 Jul 2016
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!
• Submitted 07 Nov 2015
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!
• Submitted 14 Feb 2018
The third bar was so-so. I recommend finding a more interesting venue.
• Submitted 06 Jan 2016
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.
• Submitted 29 Oct 2015

In Brief

Location:
New York, United States
Country:
United States
Duration:
2 hours 30 minutes
Operates:
Daily
Highlights:
Free drinks included
Led by a local guide
Instant Confirmation
Small-group tour

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