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Discover New York’s hidden bar scene (speakeasy bars) on the Prohibition Era Bar Experience tour. This special tour will take you to four clandestine watering holes in Manhattan! Prohibition was an attempt to forbid the possession and consumption of alcohol in America during the 1920s. But, as you know, “every law has a loophole”, and this one is no exception. A lot of clandestine bars opened all over America during this period. Some of which are still open and waiting for you in New York, but they are not always easy to find on your own!
Visit a New York Speakeasy
You can visit a New York speakeasy and be transported back to the 1920s. These bars don’t accept reservations, they are pretty exclusive and difficult to find, as they are hidden in unexpected places. That is why I recommend you to join the Prohibition Era Bar Experience tour. The Tour is led by a local guide who will talk about New York’s neighbourhoods and the Prohibition era. You’ll get easy access to four locations (including the oldest bar in New York) and three drinks and a snack are included.
The Roaring Twenties
After the First World War came the roaring twenties. America was prospering and people were demanding freedom and fun. Nightclubs became the centre of the New York social scene. Then, Prohibition arrived and a strict ban was placed on the sale, production and transportation of alcoholic beverages. But, instead of becoming a positive law, it caused corruption and violence; the notorious era of Lucky Luciano and Al Capone. A lot of hidden watering holes opened all around the US and alcohol consumption doubled.
In New York, these hidden bars were known as “speakeasies”: you spoke quietly about them or when inside them, so as not to alert the police or neighbours. Prohibition ended in 1933 but the speakeasies and their legacy remain to this day. The Prohibition also sparked the invention of the cocktail. It was the happy result of mixing alcohol, distilled at home, with fruit juices to cover the bad taste. Who could imagine a fancy night out without a cocktail these days?
- Departure point: Lower East Side
- Departure times: Wednesdays and Mondays at 19:00
- Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
- Dress Code: Casual wear but no sneakers or baggy jeans
- Minimum age is 21 years. You will need to show a valid photo ID
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