New York City

Speakeasy Pub and Prohibition History Tour NYC

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Prohibition Pub and History Walk NYC

From $36.00

Select Date and Travelers

up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 3 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


While Prohibition made alcohol illegal in 1920s New York, the city still retained an illicit bar scene. This Prohibition-themed Manhattan tour visits some of the city’s self-styled “speakeasies” and historic watering holes to enjoy drinks (own cost) with a dose of history. As you explore Midtown Manhattan, savor each bar's atmosphere alongside bootlegger and Gilded Age stories from your guide.
  • Get a taste of Prohibition-era New York
  • Visit three of New York's classic, historical bars and speakeasies
  • Choose to purchase your own cocktails and drinks to accompany you
  • Pick from several start times to suit your sightseeing schedule

What's Included

  • Licensed local guide expert in NYC history and culture
  • Visit to three historic bars, pubs and speakeasies
  • Free admission and preferred entry at venues
  • Storytelling of the Prohibition Era and Gilded Age in New York City
  • Drinks and Food are available for purchase at the venues
  • Gratuity

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
    825 8th Ave, New York, NY 10019, USA

    In front of the Cravath, Swaine & Moore office building on 8th Avenue between 49th Street and 50th Street. The building has a large American flag hanging down and a long bike rack in front on 8th Avenue.

End point

  • Times Square
    Manhattan, NY 10036, USA

What To Expect

Studio 54 (Pass By)

Times Square / Theater District (Pass By)

Hell's Kitchen (Pass By)

Theater District (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 21 years
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • 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

Cancellation Policy

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 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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108 reviews
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Fun for anyone over 21
spedteacher375, Apr 2024
Ariel was a great story teller and brought people from 10 different places around the world together for a night of history and drinking.
Ryan did a great job of...
Amy_M, Apr 2024
Ryan did a great job of leading us on a convivial tour of three wonderful speakeasy-type bars! This tour involves less walking and perhaps a bit less history than some others, but a wonderful opportunity to chat and get to know other travelers over a delicious cocktail. One of the bars had live music (on a Saturday) which was great.
Highly recommend this tour with Ariel!
Lori_D, Apr 2024
Ariel was a great host for this tour. She told us history behind each of the establishments and made good recommendations on libations at each place. She really kept the fun going. Highly recommend this tour with Ariel!
Fun time
Germaine_C, Mar 2024
Our host was great! Informative and fun. Bars/speakeasies were fun and elaborate. Our attendees were fantastic which made it extra special
2024 St Paddy's Best Crawl Ever!!
Debra_P, Mar 2024
Love bar crawls but this one is by far the best. Learning the history of the speakeasy and our crawl members and guide made the day fantastic!!
Fun experience!
Robin_C, Mar 2024
Great tour guide! She was very engaging and knowledgeable! Very fun experience!!! Highly recommend for a unique experience
Great bar intro in NYC
John_V, Feb 2024
Kate was awesome. She was warm, friendly and entertaining. I’d recommend this for couples wanting to sample some great bars without having to wait in lines.
Great experience!
Deaira_G, Feb 2024
So much fun! Ryan was an amazing tour guide and made the night super fun for everyone. He shared a lot of interesting stories about prohibition and took us to some really fun bars we probably otherwise wouldn’t have known about. Highly recommend.
Great bars great food...
Matthew_S, Feb 2024
Great bars great food great tour guide (Ariel) I had a lot of fun and met some great people from 5 different countries
James_C, Feb 2024
Ryan was an amazing tour guide and his enthusiasm kept the entire group engaged as we traversed the city. For the history buff or casual drink enjoyer, this tour is a must!
Speakeasy’s of NYC
Audrey_M, Feb 2024
Loved the three venues we visited and enjoyed our fellow tour participants. It was a small group of 6 and we were able to share may experiences. Ariel was a great guide. Knowledgeable and fun. Drinks were scrumptious.
Exceeded Expectations!
Debbie_A, Jan 2024
This tour was so fun! The tour guide, Ryan, was very entertaining and knowledgeable, learned lots of interesting things about NYC and it’s history. The stops were great, with fantastic cocktails. Been to NYC many times and would have never stopped at these bars, will definitely go back to them! Highly recommend!
Fun fun fun
Joanne_H, Jan 2024
Great tour. We learned so much on the tour and we're taken to bars we would have walked past without knowing what they are. Kate was a fantastic fun and upbeat host for the evening!!!
For all the prohibition history nerds out there- this tours for you!
Gina_S, Jan 2024
Adriana was very enthusiastic, informative, knowledgeable & you can tell she’s passionate about the prohibition history of the city! I highly recommend to anyone whether it’s their first time in the city (was my boyfriend’s) or their 3rd time (myself). You’ll find out new information, you hadn’t previously known! Plus, the 3 speakeasy’s are time warps & unique places one wouldn’t find by themselves.
Well worth the price. Our...
William_R, Jan 2024
Well worth the price. Our guide Kate was fantastic. She made a good time a great time. Definitely would recommend
Kate knows prohibition and fun
Mark_K, Jan 2024
Kate did a great job of mixing in the history while also letting us converse within our group. She was fun, upbeat, professional and made it the highlight of our trip!
Ariel is a great tour guide
Jay_B, Dec 2023
This was a cool Tour. Fun and learned a bunch. Also, I hope Ariel and/or her BF end up on a reality show
Fun tour rich with history of Prohibition era NYC
Jason_H, Dec 2023
Fun tour with 3 stops. Kate was great and a perfect story teller. This is a different way to see a few unique spots in NYC!
Enjoyed so much!
Julie_G, Dec 2023
We had a fun time on our Speakeasy Tour! Ariel was so nice and did a fantastic job giving us all the facts and fun stories of each of the places we went. Would recommend and even do this tour again!
We had the best...
Marissa_C, Dec 2023
We had the best experience with Emily! She was informative, outgoing, and made everyone feel very included. Would definitely recommend this tour!

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