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This post covers the different types of pub, bar and cocktail tours you can take in New York City. With over 2,000 drinking establishments in NYC, you should consider joining a tour of the best watering holes led by someone in the know.
Keep in mind that the drinking age in New York City is 21, so bring I.D. such as a passport or driver’s license with you.
Uncle Sam’s runs pub crawls in three neighborhoods: Hell’s Kitchen, the East Village, and Greenwich Village.
The two Village tours go to some of Manhattan’s oldest and most storied drinking holes, while the Hell’s Kitchen tour goes to three famous and infamous NYC drinking spots.
All tours are 3 hours long. You MUST bring an ID with you.
This company provides a plethora of interesting tours in New York including a Brooklyn Bar tour which covers three excellent locations.
While visiting these historic bars, you’ll have an opportunity to try two drinks for free: one beer and one margarita. Needless to say, you can also purchase your own drinks if you want!
Group sizes are kept to a maximum of just 20 guests, ensuring that crowds won’t get too big.
If you’re looking for a slightly more affordable alternative, this company offers a tour that allows you to choose between either beer, spirits or wine.
While on this outing, you’ll pay as you go and pick the drinks you want while learning about some of the best bars and pubs in New York City!
The following section will include details about themed bar tours and pub crawls available in New York City.
With services focused on both popular television shows and watering holes where famous authors once went to grab a drink, there are some pretty interesting options to choose from!
This bar tour is essentially a night on the town just like Carrie, Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte would enjoy on the show.
Visit four locations from the series, sipping on your girly cocktails in chic spots. You will be shuttled from bar to bar by taxi (less wear and tear on your Manolo’s).
Offered since 1998, this is the oldest established Greenwich Village drinking tour. The company has since expanded its services to include additional locales such as Brooklyn, High Line, and Times Square.
The focus is on the many famous authors that drank their way through the Village, such as William Faulkner, Eugene O’Neill, John Steinbeck, and Dylan Thomas.
Not only will you visit some of the places where these authors would grab a drink, but you’ll also learn about how New York City became home to notable artistic and literary movements in America.
In this section we provide details about some of the best tours covering craft beer and breweries in New York City, Brooklyn, and Long Island, including information about prices, activities included and more.
This company has three tours to meet different budgets and interests. In all cases, you will learn a lot about craft beers of New York and visit some historic sights.
Bring your dog along on this fun and pet-friendly brewery tour in New York City. Throughout the tour, you’ll sample 3 different beers from one of the breweries visited. A donation will also be made to the local dog rescue!
Tour a working brewery, learn about the brewery’s history, including stories and details of how Brooklyn was once home to 48 breweries which dwindled to zero in the 1970s and is now on the upswing once again.
Enjoy a pizza with your beer as well!
If you have the New York Pass and you’re going to visit one of the following breweries, it’s worth noting that you may enjoy either a discount or a free beer simply by showing your pass!
This section includes a variety of tours that cover either cocktails or speakeasies in New York City, covering details such as activities or drinks included, ticket prices and more.
This 3-hour, small-group walking tour leads you straight to six or seven of the most secretive ‘speakeasies’, hidden behind unmarked doors, coffee shops, restaurant kitchens, and more.
The tours are offered in four different neighborhoods where actual speakeasies existed during Prohibition– Lower Manhattan, the Lower East Side, the East Village, and the West Village.
This really is a night out on the town at exclusive bars, including speakeasies, micro-distilleries and more. You are accompanied by a professional host and you’ll receive 3 free cocktails along the way.
Discover some of the best and most innovative bars in the East Village while learning about how NYC became one of the most innovative cities for craft cocktails.
If you’re more interested in wine, these tours will cover some of the best places to find your favorite drink in NYC. This section provides details about ticket prices, activities included and other information to consider.
Nearly as rude as not tipping your server would be producing a list of drinking tours without at least one for those that are goofy over good grapes.
City Wine Tours offers two different tours, one in SoHo and one in the West Village. Tours visit two restaurants with food and wine pairings and are led by a wine ambassador.
If you want to learn more about wine, consider taking a wine class at OTTO Enoteca e Pizzeria. During each class, you’ll taste five wines and learn all about what makes them different and what types of food complement them.
This wine class is 10% off with the New York Pass. Although it isn’t an amazing discount, it’s great if you’ve already got the pass and you want to save a few bucks on this activity!