NYC Historic Bars: Immigrant History Tour
51 Ratings
New York
Step back in time on a guided walking tour of NYC's historic bars, pubs, and speakeasies. Discover the city's immigrant history and Prohibition tales while enjoying authentic cocktails.
Duration: 3 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Times Square - Walk through historic Times Square
  • Manhattan Skyline - Panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline from a rooftop lounge, including the Empire State Building up close.
  • Theater District - The home of Broadway shows and great restaurants..
  • Hell’s Kitchen - Immigrant stories of the this legendary and historic neighborhood which played a prominent role in the Prohibition Era New York City
What's Included
  • Dedicated licensed host/guide for the evening
  • Visit at least three of NYC’s iconic and historic bars
  • Free admission and express entry at each location
  • Recount the unique history of Prohibition Era New York City
What's Not Included
  • Drinks and food available for purchase at the venues
  • Gratuity
Additional Information

All aboard, explorers of the past! Prepare for an engaging walking journey that mirrors the spirit of the city itself. We’re offering a captivating mix of NYC Prohibition narratives & immigrant heritage, guiding you to the epitome of historic bars, pubs, & hidden watering holes.

Imagine this: interacting with travelers & city-dwellers, mixing like long-lost pals, & cheering with genuine cocktails!

Throughout three thrilling hours, you’ll not just partake in some conversation but also absorb the anecdotes that have embroidered early 20th century America into its unique cultural mosaic. Believe us, these narratives are like covert components in the cocktail of NYC’s distinctive cultural fusion.

So, slip into your comfortable footwear, pack your inquisitiveness, & accompany us for a night brimming with history, friendships, & cocktails. Let’s lift a glass to reveal the concealed treasures & chronicles that shape this city into the amazing cultural fusion it is today!

825 8th Ave
8th Avenue
Meet on 8th Avenue between 49th Street and 50th Street. There is a bike rack in front of the building and Carnegie Diner is visible across the street.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
(51 Ratings)
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May 19, 2024
10/10 - We had fantastic experience with Kamala! Highly recommend this fun and engaging, historical tour! 10/10!!
Review provided by Viator
May 3, 2024
Amazing tour - It was fantastic. Sarah take times to speak English with French guys. Merci un moment incroyable que je n’oublierai pas des bars très atypiques
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Mar 17, 2024
Must do in Midtown! - Tour guide Ryan did a wonderful job! We were a small group of Americans, Scots, Irish, and Germans. Ryan navigated us around Midtown, provided an excellent narrative of the history of Prohibition and how it impacted Hell's Kitchen, and especially how it led to the rise of the speakeasies, the Irish mob, etc. He was absolutely brilliant! We visited three pubs that have ties to prohibition (or are modern-day speakeasies) that specialize in high-end mixology (craft beer would be a different tour!). I highly recommend this for your next visit to Midtown Manhattan!
Review provided by Viator
Mar 16, 2024
History, Cocktails, and an Awesome Walk! - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️‼️ Tour guide Ryan along with guests from Germany, Ireland, Scotland, and Virginia had a blast! Ryan took us to three speakeasies in midtown/Hells Kitchen and gave us a very informative talk on the history of Prohibition, impact on New York, establishment of speakeasies, and the end of prohibition. Each pub was well versed in high-end mixology. Between the walk, the history, and the excellent drinks, this tour will not disappoint!
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Nov 20, 2023
Great Experiencen, Hghly Recommend - Our guide Kate was an awesome host. Very knowledgeable about the places we visited and very friendly. She made it a great experience for our group. Thanks again Kate.
Review provided by Viator
Nov 6, 2023
Girls trip 2023 - So much fun! Highly recommend! The history of the bars was so interesting. Our tour guide was awesome and very knowledgeable.
Review provided by Viator
Nov 5, 2023
Fantastic- well worth it! - Arielle was FANTASTIC!! What a wonderful guide! Professional, knowledgeable, kind, funny, helpful, welcoming and so much fun!!! Excellent tour with great bars!!
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Sep 17, 2023
Very Entertaining - Very entertaining way to learn about NYC during prohibition. Ariel was very entertaining and informative. Highly recommend this tour. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Wish I would've brought my water bottle.
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Aug 29, 2023
Best time ! - Had such a fun time thanks to Rory! Definitely recommend for anyone visiting the city like me. I loved everything
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Oct 23, 2023
BUYERS BEWARE - The tour operator contacted us at THE TOUR START TIME to cancel our tour. It took us an 1.5 hours to get to the tour start spot and they couldn’t event bother cancelling in advance or compensating us for this trouble. We are still waiting on the refund. Their business practice is subpar and the customer service is non-existence. there are so many other tour options, please skip this one.
Review provided by Viator
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up to 10 guests
July 2024