Brooklyn Bar Tour: History & Culture in Three Drinks

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1 hr 30 mins

Max 20

Why take this tour?

Pull up a stool and drink in the atmosphere as you discover the history and culture of Brooklyn on this authentic tour of some of the borough’s most unique watering holes. Our local-led Brooklyn bar tour offers something for everyone - from a cozy New York City cop bar to a stylish boutique distillery - with a couple of beverages on us, of course!

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Discover the history of Brooklyn through its bars, led by a local guide
  • Created with Sketch.Visit three equally authentic but entirely different establishments: a historic cop bar, a dive bar and a boutique distillery
  • Created with Sketch.Raise a glass: two of your drinks are on us!

Discover the history of Brooklyn through its brilliant bars

The New York borough of Brooklyn has long been celebrated for its authentic, atmospheric bars, and in recent years has been making a name for itself on the craft beer circuit with some wonderful new distilleries and breweries. Indeed, the Brooklyn bar scene is an ever-changing institution - with only its most unique, historic bars standing the test of time.

Merging the old and the new, your spirited Walks guide will take you on a journey through the boozy history of Brooklyn, delving into some of the bizarre stories from the age of prohibition and explaining how the regeneration of the borough has impacted the social life of the neighborhood.

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The New York borough of Brooklyn has long been celebrated for its authentic, atmospheric bars, and in recent years has been making a name for itself on the craft beer circuit with some wonderful new distilleries and breweries. Indeed, the Brooklyn bar scene is an ever-changing institution - with only its most unique, historic bars standing the test of time.

Merging the old and the new, your spirited Walks guide will take you on a journey through the boozy history of Brooklyn, delving into some of the bizarre stories from the age of prohibition and explaining how the regeneration of the borough has impacted the social life of the neighborhood.

On your tour, you’ll take in three of the borough’s most interesting establishments - all equally authentic, but entirely different. The first - one of the oldest bars in the area, and a popular haunt for local NYPD - will see you wet your whistle with a beer on us as your guide regales you with fascinating tales from a time when a dram of whiskey would have landed you behind bars! From there, it’s on to a much-loved local dive to grab a mouthwatering margarita before a trip through one of the city’s most impressive regeneration projects.

As you saunter around the area with your local guide, you’ll weigh up the pros and cons surrounding the gentrification of the historic area, and mull over whether access to great beer and coffee is a fair trade-off for high rents.

Finally, with an understanding of the history of Brooklyn, you’ll find yourself looking to the future as your tour ends in one of our favorite secret spots – a beautiful distillery. We have special permission from the owners to take you on a guided tour of the pots, where gin and whiskey are distilled, before depositing you at the beautiful little bar in front.

While your beer and margarita are on us, we’ll leave the choice (and bill) here to you - although we’d highly recommend one of the signature cocktails!

Throughout your Brooklyn Bar Tour, we’ll immerse you in the social life of the neighborhood. Whether it’s official history, witty anecdotes, or just a bit of bar room hearsay. Cheers!

All tour attendees need to be 21 years of age or older. IDs will be verified at our tour stops and those younger than 21 will be unable to enter the bars.

  • Sites Visited
  • Teddy’s Bar
  • Turkey’s Nest Tavern
  • McCarren Park
  • The Shanty
  • Tour Includes
  • One beer
  • One margarita
  • Walks guide
Teddy's, where start your Brooklyn Bar Tour
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