NYC Speakeasy Tour: Explore Prohibition History
119 Ratings
New York
Embark on a tipsy journey through New York City's hidden speakeasies, exploring the rich history of Prohibition and the notorious gangsters and bootleggers of the era.
Duration: 3 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Studio 54 - NYC’s most famous nightclub
  • Times Square / Theater District - Walk through the one-of-a-kind Times Square area on your way to the next iconic bar
  • Hell’s Kitchen - One of NYC’s most historic and culture rich neighborhoods.
  • Theater District - Historic Broadway theater district
What's Included
  • Visit to three historic bars, pubs and speakeasies
  • Licensed local guide expert in NYC history and culture
  • Storytelling of the Prohibition Era and Gilded Age in New York City
  • Free admission and preferred entry at venues
What's Not Included
  • Drinks and Food are available for purchase at the venues
  • Gratuity
Additional Information

Embark on a spirited adventure through the clandestine bars of New York’s underbelly. This exploration will give you a sense of unearthing secluded refuges amid the hectic tourist scene in Midtown. Lead by one of the city’s most charismatic guides, you’ll be entranced by the rich past steeped into your evening drinks. Join us as we trace back to the immigrant stride toward the American Dream during the Prohibition era. We’ll take you to one of New York’s most renowned hidden bars and share stories of the era’s most notable mobsters and infamous illegal alcohol distributors. At our next stop, we’ll delve into the triggers behind Prohibition, looking specifically at the women of the opulent period, and the uprising that paved the way for an oil titan. To conclude our shared venture, we will take you to one of New York’s most exclusive bars where we’ll delve into the abrupt end of Prohibition.

  • Minimum age is 21 years
825 8th Ave
8th Avenue
Meet on 8th Avenue between 49th Street and 50th Street outside the office building entrance of One Worldwide Plaza (825 Eighth Avenue). There is a bike rack in front of the building and a large American flag hanging in front. Carnegie Diner is visible on the opposite side of 8th Avenue.
Cancellation Policy

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

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(119 Ratings)
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May 26, 2024
NYC Getaway - For me, it was the history of the pubs and what defines what a speakeasy is. Additionally, our host was very good and suggested some great drinks.
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May 20, 2024
Our guide Kamala was very... - Our guide Kamala was very knowledgeable and she shared insight to each place we visited. Her passion for her work and genuine enthusiasm for sharing her knowledge made our tour truly memorable.
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May 18, 2024
Fun and education at the same time - The tour was amazing. Kamala was so interesting and was very knowledgeable about the history of prohibition. I highly recommend this tour.
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May 13, 2024
Brilliant tour - Arial was brilliant and very professional. Knew all the facts and took us to some amazing places. We'll definitely book the tour again when we're visiting New York.
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May 4, 2024
Great way to spend some hours before a show - Ariel was fantastic. Her drink suggestions were spot on and it was the perfect way to spend a few hours before my broadway show. As a local, I found a few new places to hang out that I absolutely loved
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Apr 23, 2024
Ryan Rocks - Ryan is an amazing guide. So full of great stories and insight. He made the night fun, informative and overalls great experience
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May 19, 2024
The “other” side of the city!! - Fascinating walking tour of secluded somewhat obscure and wildly different establishments. Ryan was great and gave us fun history many of the highlights of the prohibition period in the area. Unfortunately, service seemed to be VERY slow at each venue (possibly because it was a Saturday night), but, other than that, it was lots of fun. Enjoyed it immensely. Went with my adult daughter.
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May 5, 2024
Awesome Time! - Katie Elkind made this tour!! She was knowledgeable, charismatic, and personable. Mama gonna be a star! AWESOME EXPERIENCE!
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Apr 24, 2024
A nice tour, with... - A nice tour, with interesting pubs. It was a bit expensive for what it offered. The historical information was not bad, but it felt as there was not much of a thread connecting all. At several point, the tour felt like "slow"
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Jun 3, 2024
Bad Description - Unfortunately the tour was not described as a walking tour. We have been on many tours before that offered a van for transport between locations. I didn’t realize it was a walking tour until I read the reviews and when I tried to cancel because I tore my calf muscle I was told no. Please update your description to include a walking tour so your customers know what they are paying for.
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up to 10 guests
July 2024