About the Prohibition Tour
If the glowing nighttime streets of Manhattan inspire thoughts of bygone eras more glamorous and exclusive, then Take Me Out’s Prohibition Tour is made for you. On this tour, guests are transported back to the 1920s for one magical night, to an era when the manufacture, transportation and sale of alcohol was illegal, and the nation’s entertainments took place behind unmarked doors and through back alleys in thousands of secret bars and meeting rooms.
The last decade has seen a revival in the speakeasy scene in Manhattan, and though these clubs no longer operate illegally, they strive to embody the glamour of the Prohibition era, with dim lighting, hidden entrances, velvety interiors and bartenders who know their way around a cocktail shaker. And while nowadays the city’s speakeasies might not be in danger of a police raid, they can still be pretty hard to find. Luckily, Take Me Out knows exactly which doorbells to press, passwords to whisper, and bookcases to lean on to gain entrance to the most hidden speakeasies in Manhattan!
The Prohibition Tour begins in true Roaring Twenties style in the city’s Union Square. There guests congregate and board one of the company’s luxurious limousines (the fleet includes Porsche Cayenne and Pink Mini CooperS limos, among others) where a knowledgeable guide pours Champagne and provides a brief history of the Prohibition era before guiding you to your first location. The tour guide will accompany the group to each of the three speakeasies visited during the course of the evening, providing knowledgeable guidance as guests make their way through mysterious rooms, order bespoke cocktails (absinthe is a popular component of speakeasy mixology these days), and enjoy cozy (sometimes underground!) interiors. Guests spend about one hour at each speakeasy before returning to the limousine for more Champagne and transportation to the next stop. By the third and final venue most guests are enjoying themselves so much they choose to keep the night alive in the style of true bright young things by staying on past the tour’s conclusion.
Take Me Out was founded in May 2012 by Ori Mor, who found himself repeatedly acting as a nightlife tour guide to visiting friends and family. Mor started the venture with a series of guided walking tours; these proved so popular that the company quickly expanded and evolved to offer its unique brand of city touring. What’s more, in true speakeasy style, the company refuses to divulge the venues featured on its roster, ensuring that these hidden spots stay hidden just for you!
Approximately three hours
Included in the price of the tour is entry into three nightlife establishments, transportation by limousine between the establishments, and a total of three courtesy beverages in the limousine (between venues). Note that the price of the tour does NOT include any beverages other than those offered in the limousine and there is a one-drink minimum at all stops (an additional 20% gratuity is also appropriate). Dress is trendy and upscale—no ripped jeans, shorts, baseball caps, tank-tops or workout wear. Participants must bring valid photo identification (driver’s license, state ID card, or passport). A tip of $1 to $2 per drink for the bartender is customary, and a tip of $5 to $10 per person to the driver and tour guide is also customary, but not required. You may not bring your own alcohol on the tour. Any disruptive behavior will result in ejection from the tour. Finally, tours terminate at the last venue visited, and transportation to home/hotel is the responsibility of the tour-goer.
Did you know?
Pete’s Tavern on 18th Street was established in 1864 and is one of the oldest bars in Manhattan. Pete’s stayed open during Prohibition by disguising itself as a flower shop.
A majority of New Yorkers weren’t too enthused about Prohibition: The city had about 30, 000 speakeasies during the era.
1. The tour will be approximately three hours with a limousine between the pickup point to the last location.
2. Take Me Out does not provide transportation back to Union Square at the end of the tour.
3. Any late arrival (without notification) past the scheduled starting time will result in the cancellation of your tour without a refund. Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time as there are reserved tables at each location and any lateness will affect the entire schedule of the tour.
4. Take Me Out provides complimentary beverages on board the limousine.
5. Guests are responsible for all purchases made in the bars. One cocktail minimum per guest.
6. Tipping your waiters is expected and generally suggested at 20% in NYC. If you enjoyed the tour Take Me Out suggests $5-10 per person for your guide & $5-10 per person for your driver.
7. Guests are not allowed to carry liquor on board the limousine.
8. Guests agree that if anyone in their party is found using any illegal drugs, fighting, or any other conduct, considered inappropriate or unbecoming by the guide or driver, the driver and guide are under strict instructions to remove that guest from the tour.
9. Take Me Out reserves the right to STOP an event without refund if at any time the customer becomes physically or verbally abusive, or is Involved in illegal activities. This includes any activities that result in the arrest or detention of a customer.
10. Please look your best for your night out! Think smart, neat, sexy, and trendy. No shorts, sneakers, flip flops, baggy jeans, baseball caps, hoodies, tank tops, or any other beach or gym wear. Take Me Out suggests cocktail dresses for ladies and collared shirts for men. Take Me Out is not responsible for denied entry to any venue based on inappropriate attire.
11. Please remember to carry a valid form of government or state issued identification.
This tour is perfect for those wanting to enjoy a night of old-world glamour in modern day New York City. Fans of the new mixology and innovative cocktail scene and history buffs interested in the Prohibition era will also enjoy this fun and funky tour.
Good for kids?
This tour is not appropriate for children. You must be 21 years or older (and bring along valid identification such as a driver’s license, state ID card or passport) to participate in this tour, which includes visits to nightlife establishments that serve alcohol.
Union Square Location Information:
33 E 17 St.
New York, NY 10003
L, N,Q,R, 4,5,6 to 14th Street-Union Square