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New York City Speakeasy History & Drinking Tour

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New York City Speakeasy History & Drinking Tour

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Feel like a true New York insider during this secretive boozy tour that visits three of Midtown Manhattan’s most historic watering holes with an in-the-know guide. ‘Sneak’ into the bar of a Prohibition-era speakeasy (we can’t reveal the location online), plus take in a Victorian-era bar and a fun local beer garden, enjoying an included libation at one of the locations.
  • Take in the Manhattan history during a walking tour of landmark Midtown bars
  • Visit a secretive Prohibition-era speakeasy and a Midtown beer garden
  • Drinks offered at local watering holes (own expense)
  • Toast your trip participants inside a Victorian-era bar
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Local, professional and licensed guide
One complimentary drink or food sampler. Some purchase may be required.
Free admission, reserved area and VIP treatment at each location visited
Additional alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Gratuities
21 W 52nd St , 21 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019, USA

21 Club (outside)

Aliz Hotel Times Square , 310 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018, USA
Kick-off this booze-themed tour of Midtown Manhattan in the late afternoon at a central meeting point. Over the course of the tour, visit three local bars, hear details about the history of Prohibition in New York, and purchase a drink if you wish.

Make the first stop of the evening at a speakeasy that first got its start during the 1920s, a period when drinking was outlawed in New York and the United States. Though the cocktails today flow freely at this historic spot, the location continues to maintain its secretive appeal.

Continue to another historic Victorian bar, learning more from your guide about the various watering holes that once populated Midtown areas like Times Square, Hell’s Kitchen, and Broadway, one of New York’s most famous streets. During this stop, you also enjoy a complimentary drink.

Finish the trip in the setting of a local beer garden. New York might be crowded, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t space to set aside for fun locales like this particular Midtown spot. Finish your trip here, ending your adventure.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Times Square
Visit historic Restaurant Row, NYC's hidden bars and the incredible lights and pageantry of Times Square.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Flute Bar
Historic, original speakeasy. Sip cocktails as they did in the Prohibition Era.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Theater District
Home to the world's most famous Broadway shows and amazing restaurants. Walk down the famous Restaurant Row.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Manhattan Skyline
City wide views from one of NYC's highest rooftop bars. Sites include Times Square, the Empire State Building and Hudson Yards.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Empire State Building
Incredible view of the iconic Empire State Building from a near by rooftop bar.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Studio 54
Site of New York City's most iconic and famous dance club.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hell's Kitchen
Recount the great immigration and Prohibition Era stories of this historic and notorious New York City neighborhood.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lillie's Victorian Establishment
Victorian style Theater District bar.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Dear Irving on Hudson
Highest bar in NYC with panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hudson Yards
Fantastic views of the Hudson Yards from the city's highest rooftop louunge.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years old
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • A maximum of 14 people per booking
  • Participants must bring a government issued photo ID or a passport for proof of age
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Telltale Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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 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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  • "The stops are historic and interesting, great for photos to post." See review
  • "The experience was fantastic, the Bars we visited were all classy and high quality but I have to say the last one where the tour ended was the best one and totally worth the tour by itself." See review

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star-5
Speak Easy Tour
Sharilyn_P
, Mar 2020
Tim was fantastic. Very enjoyable experience. It was fun and very informative. Be prepared to spend at least $20 at each place for cocktail.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Speakeasy Fun
Louise_P
, Feb 2020
Tim our guide was brill! A great night meeting new people and enjoying excellent cocktails and great way to see bars we would of never have found
star-5
Loved the history of Prohibition
Teresa_V
, Feb 2020
Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Our tour guide Emily was the best ! Very knowledgeable and also entertaining. The sites were very interesting and unique in their own way. Definitely recommend!
star-5
Speakeasy
christineluckham
, Jan 2020
A brilliant experience Tim our guide was very informative and good fun would definitely recommend this
star-5
Speakeasy Tour
ablake
, Jan 2020
This was a great tour! We visited three local bars and learned a lot of information about the local speakeasy history.
star-5
Best tour guide, best experience
Luccia_A
, Jan 2020
Our tour guide, Emily, was absolutely fantastic. She made the experience of learning the history and visiting the sites worthwhile. We had a total blast, each location was unique and exciting. I have already recommended this to everyone I know! 10/10 for sure
star-5
Great Evening Treat
Pat_M
, Jan 2020
My wife and I had an extra night in Midtown with no specific plans. Instead of finding a favorite Irish pub, we booked this tour. It was great in every regard. Our guide, Tim, was a natural, who helped the others, some from overseas, meld beautifully into a really fun group. The stops are historic and interesting, great for photos to post. All in all, a perfect evening. Highly recommended!
star-4
NYC Speakeasy fun
Donna_O
, Dec 2019
We enjoyed the first two locations tremendously, but the third was a bit of a letdown - no place to sit, we were just brought in, given a beer and then left on our own pretty far from where we started. However, our guide was a 10 on the scale of 1 to 10 and we would book with her again.
star-4
Speakeasy Spirits
Suzanne H
, Dec 2019
We enjoyed this fast-paced walking tour; once we reached each speakeasy, there was no rush to enjoy the libations and history. Also, everything from beer, wine, and spirits were available. Our guide, Alex, was extremely knowledgeable about the speakeasies, the history of the distilling process of just about every spirit from gin to beer to whiskey. However, we were only to visit 2 of the 3 scheduled locations due to private parties being held for Christmas. Calling ahead for availability should have been done. Despite that, the tour was super fun. He did take us to an unplanned spot - the tiniest bar ever behind a Korean takeout. . The people on the tour were diversified in age and where they were visiting from. We like to meet people from new places - and having the common interest in history and booze created a fun dynamic. We would recommend this to our friends if they visit NYC.
star-5
Speakeasy history and drinking tour
Compass825432
, Dec 2019
By far one of the coolest things I have done in NYC. Tour guide was fun and very interesting and Informative history. Three very cool speakeasy bars and loved the private lounge space reserved at each for the group. Didn’t feel rushed and enjoyed each stop! Drinks pricy at each but hey it’s Manhattan!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Emily was great !
TRACY_C
, Nov 2019
Emily was amazing and knowledgeable!!! Would recommend to friends and family!! She made the tour really enjoyable!
star-5
WONDERFUL!
alexnader2019
, Sep 2019
I totally recommend this tour. The experience was fantastic, the Bars we visited were all classy and high quality but I have to say the last one where the tour ended was the best one and totally worth the tour by itself. Our hosts at the bars were all very friendly, specially in the last one, again. A special mention I have to say goes to our guide, Emily, who was super nice and professional, very helpful whenever we had any questions and making sure we were having a good time. Kudos for her and this tour! 10 out of 10 points!
star-5
We had a great time
Donna_C
, Jul 2019
Hats off to Rory, she is why this tour was as fun as it was. Without her vibrant personality this could have just veen a walk between drinking establishments. Would recommend this to anyone who wants to have fun in NYC.
star-5
So fun
bmja69
, Jun 2019
Our guide was delightful and informative. We had so much fun and this is the second one we did. We will do anther.
star-5
Fun and Factual
Sightseer03963104412
, Jun 2019
This tour was the perfect blend of walking, learning, and drinking. Our guide made NYC history come alive!
star-5
Awesome tour
Julie_F
, Apr 2019
Our guide, Rory was awesome! Very knowledgeable about the era of prohibition. I went with my 24 year old son and we both had a great time! Would recommend this tour and even go again!!
star-5
Great experience .
Departure03377127716
, Apr 2019
Rory is an awesome historian on prohibition. She was friendly, funny and energetic. I went with my 24 year old son and we both had a great time!
star-5
Cool places hidden in plain sight
Tour17029952600
, Jan 2019
This was a great tour - cocktails and history! Rory was excellent as she guided us from speakeasy to speakeasy giving us the history behind prohibition and what makes an "official" speakeasy. Although we were at the max size (12) for the tour, we had no problems getting an area in each of the bars so no waiting for drinks. I will return to a couple of the spots in the future.
star-1
Prestation annulée.
Franoise_V
, Dec 2019
La. visite a été annulée. On m’a proposé un autre horaire mais j’avais à ce moment-là un autre engagement. Ce qu’il faut savoir c’est qu’on m’avais déjà annulé le même genre de visite et que viator m’avait proposé celle là en remplacement. J’ai donc eu ma soirée de Noël gâchée. Je suis très déçu par le manque de sérieux. On pouvez me proposer quelque chose de sur et non encore un truc annulé.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
We apologize, but were forced to cancel this Christmas Day session of the tour due to an unexpected conflict at one of the venues we visit. It is unfortunate you were unable to switch to another day or time. Of course, you were refunded promptly. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

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