The city that never sleeps is home to more cocktail bars than you can shake your fist at, but the authentic joints (the ones with the best drinks) that you really ought to visit, aren’t so easy to discover on your tod. Even when you do manage to find a gem, you’re unlikely to get the full picture of the place: the backstory of the building, the icons that drank (and still drink) there and the New York bar culture - from Prohibition days to the booming craft cocktail scene of today - that’s allowed for it to flourish. This, in a nutshell, is what this craft cocktail tour offers: the chance to check out a few of the most intriguing and exciting bars in the city, enjoy some impressive cocktails (absinthe, anyone?), and gain insider info from a local guide who knows (and loves) New York’s bar scene through and through.
About your guide
New York Urban Adventures guides have much pizzazz. Whether it’s (cocktail) bar crawls or discovering the sites of the city’s early settlers, you’ll have a blast with these guys showing you round.
Here’s the plan…
Meet your guide and group at the historic Tompkins Square Park in the heart of the East Village. Before making a beeline to your first drinking hole, your guide will delve into the area that is the East Village. You’ll hear about the area’s history as one of the first immigrant neighbourhoods, learn of the speakeasies that cropped up here during the American Prohibition, and discover the many faces that the East Village wears now. Of course, this evening you’ll be focussing on the East Village that comes alive after dark.
On the agenda for the next two and a half hours are visits to three of New York’s best cocktail bars. While each bar has its own story and vibe (at least one will be a former speakeasy), all are strong on one thing: punchy cocktails that locals can’t get enough of. At each spot, you’ll enjoy a cocktail, meet the folk behind the bar and get a run through of how the drinks are made.
Along the way you’ll hear the stories of the city’s bar culture and how it has changed over the years. You’ll be filled in on the antics of the Prohibition era and the key players in its undoing, the rise of small bars, and the craft cocktail movement that’s sweeping through the city.
Before you finish up, your group will swing by Astor Wines & Spirits to nab some liquid souvenirs, if you’re so inclined. This place sells the best liquor in the city, and chances are you’ll be itching to buy a bottle or two. Your guide will point you in the direction of the best stuff.
The tour ends near the corner of Lafayette and Great Jones street in the East Village. You’ll be left with some more stellar bar recommendations, should you fancy a final nightcap.
Personal expenses (could come in handy) Additional food and drinks Transfers (we’ll see you there) Tips (get that warm, fuzzy feeling)
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