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Lonely Planet Experiences: East Village Cocktails & Speakeasies Small Group Tour

Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience powered by Urban Adventures.
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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2 hours 30 minutes


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  • What's included :
    • 3 craft cocktails
    • Professional Local guide
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities
    • Additional food and drinks
    • Bottles of spirits
    • Entry/Admission - Tompkins Square Park
    • Entry/Admission - St. Mark's Place
    • Entry/Admission - William Barnacle Tavern
    • Entry/Admission - Theatre 80 Saint Marks
    • Entry/Admission - Museum of the American Gangster
    • Entry/Admission - Astor Wines & Spirits
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    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

  • Departure Point :
    131 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009, USA
    Departure Time :
    6:00 PM
    Return Detail :
    East Houston Street, E Houston St, New York, NY, USA
    Hotel Pickup :
    • 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
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    • All tours follow the latest local health authority advice, including mask usage and social distancing. Urban Adventures has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which recognises companies that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Urban Adventures USA

Activity ID: V-5713COCKTAIL

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