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New York: 3-Hour Prohibition Bars Tour

Product ID: 45092
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Discover the secret New York City bars of the 1920s on a 3-hour tour of some of the best-preserved venues from the days of Prohibition. Travel back in time, and learn the story of alcohol bans in America, and how it was resisted by the locals.
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Duration: 3 hours
Starting time 7:00 PM
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  • Visit the secret bars of the Prohibition era
  • Learn about the campaign to ban alcohol, and the efforts to resist it
  • Go to 4 of the best preserved bars from the 1920s
Full description
Learn the story of Prohibition in the United States, and hear about the nationwide ban on the sale, production, importation, and transportation of alcoholic beverages between 1920 and 1933.

Led by rural Protestants and social Progressives in the Democratic and Republican parties, the dry movement was coordinated by the Anti-Saloon League and mandated under the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution.

Many Americans resisted the move, and in cities such as New York, secret bars continued to operate, hidden from public view. Your guide will take you to some of the best-preserved of the 1920s hotspots, taking you back in time to the era of the Roaring '20s.

Learn about the Volstead Act that defined the types of alcoholic beverages prohibited, and the local laws that were sometimes even more strict. Hear about the ratification of the 21st Amendment that repealed the 18th Amendment, and brought an end to Prohibition in December 1933.
  • Escort
  • 3 drinks
  • Snack
  • Visit 4 secret bars of the prohibition time
What’s Not Included
  • Tips

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at McSorley's Old Ale House, 15 E 7th Street, New York, 10003 (7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)

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Know before you go
• Please note that there is a dress code for this tour. For men, no sneakers or baggy jeans are allowed. Stylish jeans, button up shirts, or suits, with black shoes are all recommended. For women, a cocktail dress and heels is advised. No baggy jeans or sneakers
• Participants must be at least 21 years of age, and must bring a valid government-issued photo identification document
• The supplier is not responsible for direct, indirect, incidental or consequential damages resulting from any accident
• Cancellations are accepted via e-mail, and must be received at least 24 hours prior the tour departure
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Product ID: 45092