Manhattan has a rich history that is still preserved in its parks, cemeteries, churches, and landmarks. These landmarks are a common stop your typical New York tourist’s itinerary, but have you ever wondered where New Yorkers went to unwind after a busy day in the life of a city dweller? Only a handful of Manhattan’s original Taverns are still in existence. This tour will visit four of these remaining locations.
We will visit:
A bar which, which dates back to 1892. This bar is an example of a 19th century establishment that has remained unchanged over the past one hundred plus years.
Second stop is a tavern where, O. Henry wrote his classic “Gift of the Magi” here in 1904 while sitting in his favorite booth near the door. Thus their slogan, “The bar that O. Henry made famous.”
Third, a bar that claims to open it’s doors in 1854, but it is most famous for what happened in 1970 when kicking and screaming it was forced to open its doors to women.
Last stop, is a bar was originally called “Mare Chiaro”, Italian for “clear water”, but the place is now known as Mulberry Street Bar, and has been a Little Italy institution since 1908, hardly changing its social-club ambiance since that time.
You must be 21+ to participate in this tour. Enjoy a glass of beer at each location is included in the ticket price.
I am a third generation Manhattanite. Yes my Grandfather was born here. He actually ran a company that built most of Manhattan, and has photos of the city sixty years ago all over his house. He has taught me about all of the historic spots in the city, and living in the village for the last six years I have done alot of food exploration of my own. I try to avoid crowds so I know about many of the hidden gems that the city has to offer. Full profile ⋅ Leave a Review
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