The East Village of New York was once an immigrant neighborhood, but today is one of the prime nightlife districts of the city, with great restaurants, bars, and theaters — and I'll take you to discover the best local haunts and hidden corners. We start out at a drinking fountain dedicated by a temperance advocate who extolled the virtues of water over whiskey. But don’t worry, we’re not going to listen to him. Instead, we’ll visit 3 of New York City’s best cocktail bars, where we sample drinks, meet the people behind the bars, and learn how their craft cocktails are made. Along the way, hear stories of how the modern cocktail came to be, how Prohibition affected the bar scene, and how cocktails are enjoying a resurgence as a result of the craft distilling and cocktail movement. We'll also visit the site of an original speakeasy and share tales of the gangsters that kept the liquor flowing despite the 18th Amendment. On most nights we'll also swing by NYC’s premier liquor store, Astor Wines, where I can help you pick out the perfect boozy souvenir. You'll learn what to look for when buying different spirits and learn about the new local micro-distillery scene.
Some bar snacks
3 Cocktails Mocktails are also available
We'll be visiting three local bars making craft cocktails, including a top destination bar, an original speakeasy and theater from Prohibition, and a local neighborhood pub. We will also stop at the neighborhood's (and city's) favorite wine and spirits shop.
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