East Village Pub Crawl

Various, around Houston Street

Find out why New York is known as the city that never sleeps on a classic New York pub crawl! Escape the tourist trail and visit the night-time venues frequented by locals and New York celebrities past and present. Make new friends over a beer or two... more

Find out why New York is known as the city that never sleeps on a classic New York pub crawl! Escape the tourist trail and visit the night-time venues frequented by locals and New York celebrities past and present. Make new friends over a beer or two as you crawl between dive bars, historic saloons and ale houses on an entertaining and sociable evening tour of New York City!

This pub tour will take you on a journey back in time through New York City’s drinking history. The tour begins at an enduring location that has been featured in countless movies, television commercials and music videos. After an introduction to the neighborhood's artistic and music prominence, your guide will escort you to one of New York’s most famous ‘speakeasy’ venues, a favorite spot for John F. Kennedy. For a memorable end to the night, your guide will take you to the bar Abraham Lincoln visited after his famous Cooper Union address.


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East Village Description

East Village Pub Crawl is located in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan. Long before the musical "Rent" brought in legions of pierced, tattooed teenagers from every corner of America (and drove up the rents), the East Village was an eclectic mix of elderly Ukranians and Poles, Dominican and Puerto Rican families, and assorted artists, wanna-be bohemians, punks, their followers, lovers and friends. (Did we leave anyone out?) Largely gone are the heroin dealers, all night parties, punk music extravaganzas and infamous Bagel Tree of the 1980s and early 1990s, but the real landmarks remain, including the Joseph Papp Public Theater, Tompkins Square Park, and Cooper Union. The Public offers some of New York’s finest Off-Broadway Theater as well as Joe’s Pub, with a diverse variety of live shows. Beautiful Tompkins Square Park offers something for everyone, including dog runs, basketball courts, a weekly market, outdoor music events, and occasionally local characters chatting late into the night to infrequent riots. To be fair, few other parks in America have played such an important role in radical or anarchist history.

Many long-time residents complain of the neighborhood’s recent gentrification, and skyrocketing rents forced even legendary punk club CBGB's to exit the neighborhood, replaced by a John Varvatos boutique. And while there are truly many new restaurants and boutiques dotting Avenues A, B and C, lots of the famous watering holes, dives, and other unclassifiably scrappy bars remain. Some of our favorites include Mars on lower First Avenue, Zum Schneider on Avenue C, 2A on the corner of Second Street and Avenue A, and Lit Lounge, with its adjoining Fuse Gallery. Make sure to check out the Polish butcher stores on First Avenue and the nearby Italian pastry shops, walk along the Ukranian strip of Second Avenue, try one of the Japanese restaurants on East Ninth Street, and also walk along St. Marks Place, one of New York’s most eclectic streets.

East 4th Street's Theater Row boasts cultural buildings which house eight theaters and twelve dance companies as well as a couple of community development groups. Among its members are New York Theater Workshop, La MaMa Experimental Theatre, Rod Rodgers Dance Co., WOW Cafe Theatre, Millennium Film Workshop, Duo Multicultural Arts Center, Teatro Circulo, Downtown Art, Alpha Omega Dance Co., Choices Theater, Teatro IATI, Cooper Square Committee and Cooper Square Mutual Housing Association.

The Nuyorican Poets Café is still going strong on East Third Street between Avenues B and C. Since 1973 its mission has been to create a multi-cultural venue that provides a stage for artists traditionally underrepresented in the mainstream media and culture. Poetry slams, theater performances, open jam sessions for hip-hop, poetry and jazz, as well as unique screenplay readings all take place on a weekly basis in this intimate cultural setting.

For film buffs, we would be remiss not to mention the Anthology Film Archives on East 2nd Street, a local theater best known for consistently showing the finest in avant-garde and experimental cinema. We also recommend the Landmark Sunshine Cinema on East Houston Street, home away from home for those who enjoy great acoustics and the company of die hard independent film fans.

The East Village is also home to the trendy Cooper Square Hotel as well as the charming Gem Hotel, making it a great neighborhood to enjoy your stay in New York.

Info

Various, around Houston Street
New York, NY 10003

Editorial Rating

Tour Admission Cost

From $75 per Person

Tour Duration And Additional Info

3 hours 30 minutes
Inclusions:
* Professional guide
* 3 x drinks (choice of wine or domestic beer)

Exclusions:
* Hotel pickup and drop off
* Gratuities (optional)
* Food and drinks

Additional Information:
* Confirmation will be received at time of booking
* Minimum age is 21 years
* All participants are required to present valid photo ID to the tour leader at the start of the tour.

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