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Lonely Planet Experiences: New York Speakeasy Cocktail Tour

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This happy hour tour takes you to the center of New York’s booming cocktail culture and to some of the best bars in the city. You’ll sample delicious libations, hear tales of speakeasies and gangsters, and shop for new locally produced spirits en route.
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Duration: 2.5 hours
Starting time 6:00 PM
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  • Taste delicious craft cocktails at some of New York’s best bars
  • Learn how Prohibition shaped NYC, and about the speakeasies and gangsters who influenced the city’s cocktail culture
  • Discover new spirits from local micro-distilleries
  • Find the best tucked-away places to grab a drink in New York’s East Village
  • Learn how bartenders are revolutionizing cocktails in the U.S. with fresh, artisanal ingredients
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Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience.

Your 2.5-hour craft cocktail tour starts in the East Village’s Tompkins Square Park, known as a gathering place for political radicals and socialists. These same people are credited with the creation of the city’s cocktail culture, so it’s an appropriate place to begin.

New York’s East Village was once an immigrant neighborhood, but today is one of the city’s prime nightlife districts, home to great restaurants, bars, and theaters. Discover the best local haunts!

Start out at a drinking fountain dedicated to a temperance advocate who extolled the virtues of water over whiskey. Instead of following this recommendation, you’ll visit 3 of New York City’s best cocktail bars, where you will sample drinks, meet the people behind the bars, and learn how they make their craft cocktails.

Along the way, your guide will tell you how the modern cocktail came to be, how Prohibition in America affected the bar scene, and how cocktails are enjoying a resurgence as a result of the craft distilling and cocktail movement.

Visit the sites of former speakeasies (hidden illegal bars that operated during the Prohibition Era) and hear tales of the gangsters and politicians that kept the liquor flowing regardless of the law.

Swing by New York’s premier wine and spirits store, Astor Wines, where experts can help you pick out the perfect souvenir to take home after the tour. They’ll show you what to look for when buying different spirits and will introduce you to new local micro-distillers that are producing fine whiskeys, rums, vodkas, and gins.

In between stops, learn all about the East Village, its history, and where to eat, drink, and play.
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • 3 cocktails
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and additional drinks such as bottles of spirits

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Meeting point

206 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009, USA. Corner of Avenue A and St. Mark’s Place at the entrance to Tompkins Square Park. Meet on the park side of the intersection (east side).

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What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
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Dress should be appropriate for a night out. Please avoid wearing shorts, baseball hats, t-shirts, or flip-flop (thong) sandals.

Child Policy: Travellers under 21 years of age are not permitted to join this tour.
Guests must bring government-issued photo identification as proof of age. Passports and/or driver’s licenses are acceptable.

From US$ 89 per person

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Product ID: 53812