Hell’s Kitchen Prohibition Pub Crawl
Prohibition was a unique period of time in American history. Perhaps nowhere in New York City was this more demonstrated than in the pre-dominantly Irish neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen. A journalist once asked a Hell’s Kitchen resident how many speakeasies are there in Hell’s Kitchen. She replied “There’s more speakeasies than children and there are very easily 200 children per block.”
Having the benefit of being next to the Hudson River, many of the early successful bootleggers in New York City were Hell’s Kitchen residents at some point in their lives either in their formative years or as adults. They would utilize the coming and goings of ships on the Hudson River, called rum runners, to receive illicit alcohol. We will learn about who many of these early bootleggers were, their schemes and the organization they belonged to dedicated to trafficking in the shipped alcohol.
We will also learn of the rebels amongst these scofflaws. Those independent-minded gangsters who often didn’t play by underworld’s rules and the consequences of their actions. Further, we will see how Prohibition ended and how the gangsters ended—either their lives or their careers as bootleggers.
In addition, we will learn about some more historical facts of the neighborhood including Death Avenue, Doctor’s Row, the old Paddy’s Market and the ultimate rise of the modern Irish mob. And, of course, you will learn why Hell’s Kitchen is called Hell’s Kitchen. All this and more on this spirited pub crawl through Hell’s Kitchen.
Do I need to purchase tickets in advance or can I purchase tickets at the door?
Please purchase your tickets in advance. If you already purchased tickets and need to add people to the pub crawl, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 347-868-7710. If a tour is is running on a certain date and the event has not reached capacity, you may buy tickets at the door at the start.
What is your refund policy?
We have a 24-hour refund policy for tickets purchased directly from this website. Please contact us no later than 24 hours before the start time of the tour at email@example.com. If you do not cancel your tour within this time frame you will be held responsible for the total amount of your tour. A refund will be issued, however, if we need to cancel a walking tour because of severe weather or a tour guide cannot make the tour and no substitute is available.
What is your rescheduling policy?
Tour tickets can be rescheduled with at least 24 hours before the tour start time at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following exceptions:
- In the case of extreme weather in the forecast, we will contact you at the email address you provided when you booked to offer you rescheduling options. Otherwise, we conduct our tours rain, snow or shine.
- If you’ve had a family emergency or an unforeseen trip date change, at our discretion, we will try to reschedule your tour reservations (depending on availability) or issue a credit voucher. In such a scenario, please contact us right away at email@example.com.
- If we have to cancel a tour.
Will the tour operate under any weather conditions?
All of our walking tours will take place rain, snow or shine. Please bring an umbrella and dress appropriately. Remember approximately half the tour will be indoors. However in the case of severe inclement weather (90% forecast with winds at 16 mph or 26 kph) we do reserve the right to cancel a tour. In these instances, we will notify you via the email or phone number provided at purchase and offer refunds and rescheduling options.
Are there group size minimums and maximums?
We like to cap the pub crawls at 16 adults to keep it possible when entering the pubs. As for minimums, we will do the tour for one customer if necessary. While, we would be operating at a loss, we believe there are many ways to travel and enjoy experiences and sometimes doing it solely is one of them.
If I miss the walking tour I purchased, can I just show up for another one?
No. Your ticket is only valid for the tour you selected at the time of purchase (both date and time specific). This allows us to reserve your spot in the event the pub crawl sells out.
I live in New York. Will I appreciate the tours?
Absolutely! Most of our customers are New Yorkers and they often exclaim just how much they didn’t know about their own home city! New York City is big with four hundred years of history. Tour Guides specialize in this. Just another aspect of the service we provide.
Is the tour suitable for minors or children?
Yes. According to New York State law, minors 16 years or older can legally enter bars without a parent or guardian. However, they can not drink until they are 21. Of course it is the individual bar’s discretion whether or not to allow a minor into their establishment. If you bring a minor on the tour, please notify us in advance and we will choose bars that might not have a bouncer or doorman and would permit the minor to enter the bar (and not drink, of course).
How much will we walk and is it strenuous?
Our pub crawls tend to be anywhere from one mile to two miles which is considered an easy to moderate walk. Our Central Park pub crawl is 2.8 miles which is considered to be a hike.
What clothing should I wear?
You should definitely wear shoes comfortable for walking on the city streets. You can wear 20‘s clothing for our Prohibition Pub Crawls if the mood hits you. Some of the bars are on the upscale side, so we like to suggest you look “business casual” or “smart casual”. That would infer no, cut-offs, jeans, flip-flops, sandals, or T-shirts. Other than that, check the forecast and dress accordingly.
Are gratuities included in the walking tour price?
Gratuities are not part of the tour fee, but if you enjoyed your time on the tour, gratuities are very much appreciated.
Where do we meet for the tour?
We will email you a confirmation and the precise meeting location right after you have purchased your tour. If you don’t see the confirmation please check your email spam folder. Some meeting locations will give the address of the pub.
What do I do if I am late?
The tour starts promptly at the designated time, so please try to arrive 5 to 10 minutes early. If you are not at the meeting location at the start time, we will begin the tour leave without you for the sake of the attendees who arrived on time. If you don’t find us, we will provide you with a contact number and email in case an urgent matter prevented you from showing up on time. We will try to assist your in finding your tour group.
Can I purchase a gift certificate for tours?
Yes, tour gift certificates are available and can be purchased using the “Book Tour” link.
Is my email address required to purchase tickets?
Yes, we require a valid email address to send you a purchase confirmation, instructions on where to meet at the beginning of the tour and alerts If there are any changes to the tour (i.e. cancellation because of weather, etc.). As per our privalry policy, we will not sell or rent your email to third parties.
Will drinks be included on the tour?
If a ticket is purchased at full price, one complimentary craft cocktail will be included on the tour per passenger that is 21 years of age and older.
Will food be available on the tour?
Come hungry. Most of the speakeasies we visit will have a food menu including the first location which has a pop-up restaurant.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Public transportation is best as street parking is scarce. Take either the NRQ to 49th Street or the 1 train to 50th Street.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 347-868-7710.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes. Please either print the confirmation email or show the email on your mobile device to your tour leader.
Can I update my registration information?
Yes. Please do so on your Eventbrite account page.
Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?
Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?
Is the tour accessible to the handicapped?
Yes. This tour can be tailored to enter establishments that are wheelchair accessible. Please let us know in advance if you need pubs that are 100 percent accessible for physically disabled pub crawlers.