Gay Village Bar Crawl

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The Cubby Hole is a neighborhood bar that welcomes all.

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Ty’s still serves its loyal customers in its original location.

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The LGBTQ Center on West 13th Street was once a NYC high school.

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121 Charles Street is the oldest wood-framed house in The Village.

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The bar’s name gives a woman’s twist to the English explorer.

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Stonewall is where the modern gay rights fight began in 1969.

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General Philip Sheridan scowls at Christopher Park, part of the Stonewall National Monument.

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Julius’ is the oldest gay bar in New York City.

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“Gay Liberation Memorial” at the Stonewall National Monument in Christopher Park.

Oldest wood-frame house, 17 Grove St., Greenwich Village

17 Grove Street, one of the oldest wood-frame houses in The Village.

Since at least the end of the 19th century bar culture has loomed large in the gay community. During this three-hour bar crawl, learn why bars have played such an outsized role in gay life. Join us as we tip back our glasses at four historic gay bars and lesbian bars, on a lively and entertaining tour of New York City’s most storied neighborhood, Greenwich Village.

Learn from veterans of Ty’s, Stonewall and Julius’ as tell us about their bars’ place in history. Discover who the woman was who opened the first non-mob-controlled lesbian nightclub, and how she has been immortalized. Hear tell why the Village waterfront bars welcomed the rougher side of gay life. Learn about the bar where a gay protest resulted in an important NYS court decision three years prior to Stonewall. Get to know what the biggest threats to today’s gay bar culture are.

Highlights include Keith Haring mural “Once Upon a Time” at The LGBTQ Center; the long-gone waterfront bars named Ramrod, Kellers and Sneakers; bottoms up at four gay bars and lesbian bars in the West Village; New York City’s AIDS Memorial; and the Stonewall National Monument in Christopher Park.

Some non-gay, non-bar sights include the cute little wooden house at 121 Charles Street and the very handsome one at 17 Grove Street; and the Twin Sisters on Commerce Street.

This tour originated in conjunction with the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation in January 2017.

The Tour’s cost is $30 for adults, $20 for seniors 65 years and older. Please consult the Calendar Schedule for the dates and times of the Tour. Click on the “Book Now” button at the top of the page or below to book your place. This is a 3-hour Tour of drinking, history, comradery, fun and good times. Bookings must be made at least 36 hours before the Tour begins. We meet in the lobby of the LGBTQ Center at 208 W. 13th St, Manhattan.

It is strongly suggested that you travel light. We are on our feet for the entire time. Heavy backpacks and shopping bags can only distract from your enjoyment of the Tour. The terrain of this walking tour is level. You will get a good walking workout on this Tour! It is advisable to wear comfortable shoes.

All sales are final. If it rains the Gay Village Bar Crawl will be replaced with Subway Art Tour One. All tours are conducted in English. All Tour participants assume normal liability for their behavior during the Tour.

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