Pizza, Beer and History Tour
Activities

Pizza, Beer and History Tour

Language: English
Availability: Fridays and Saturdays
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 2 hours 30 minutes
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Enjoy 3 Pizza tastings from some of Greenwich Village’s best-known pizza restaurants
  • Discuss the art of making pizza with one of New York’s top pizza chefs
  • Toast to Village legends at 2 of the West Village’s most famous and notorious bars – including a former speakeasy and a bar that was one of the main hangouts of the Beat Generation. The first beer at each venue is on us!
What to expect

New York Pizza, Beer and History Tour Looking for what to do in NYC? Check out the best pizza and beer in Greenwich Village, a historical and cultural mecca on the West side, with the help of a licensed tour guide. You'll enjoy learning interesting tidbits and increase your cultural knowledge, all while savoring 3 pizza samplings and 2 beer tastings.

About the Pizza: no neighborhood does pizza quite like Greenwich Village, with everything from amazing coal-fired thin crust pies, to traditional New York slices dripping with mozzarella cheese and oil, to newer "pizzaioli" (pizza makers), many recent immigrants from Italy, who are showcasing how pizza is cooked in their home regions in the Old Country. We have been eating pizza in the neighborhood for decades, and have scouted out 3 amazing spots to try 3 different styles of pizza. We will examine what makes each so unique, from inspiration to ingredients, to ovens.

About the Beer: drinking in Greenwich Village has always been as big a part of the culture as music, painting and writing. Not even a little thing like Prohibition stopped the party -- the Village was home to some of New York’s most famous speakeasies, and we will enjoy a beer at one of its better-known former speakeasies. Learn how they snuck in the booze and kept their customers from getting arrested while enjoying drinks in the bars that helped transform Greenwich Village into “The Village” -- as much a state of mind as a physical neighborhood.

Your 2.5-hour Pizza and Beer Tour includes:

  • Enjoy 3 Pizza tastings from some of Greenwich Village’s best-known pizza restaurants
  • Discuss the art of making pizza with one of New York’s top pizza chefs
  • Toast to Village legends at 2 of the West Village’s most famous and notorious bars – including a former speakeasy and a bar that was one of the main hangouts of the Beat Generation. The first beer at each venue is on us!
  • Insight, anecdotes and insider knowledge from your dynamic local tour guide
  • Walk in the footsteps of some of America’s best-known writers, artists, and musicians along the quaint tree-lined streets and architecture of the West Village
  • Be transported back to the many eras that made Greenwich Village so unique, and learn how Village luminaries lived and drank in the neighborhood. We’ll raise our glasses and toast those who have come before us – but this is not purely a pub crawl. We’ll be walking the same streets as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jackson Pollock, Dylan Thomas, Bob Dylan and other Village legends, chatting about what drew them all to this amazing corner of New York. We’ll schmooze, take photos and sightsee as well as eat and drink, learning the amazing stories of the Village and all of the establishments we visit. If you are looking for an experience that is solely a pub crawl, moving from bar to bar without the historical and cultural components, this is probably not the tour for you.

About Sidewalk Tours...

The story behind Sidewalks of NY Tours began a decade ago, when it's founder, J.D. Hirsch started taking friends and family on walking tours of the city he loves. His biggest motivation was to make sure his guests experienced The TRUE New York. Through years of exploration, he had discovered the secret hideaways, and hidden gems that make New York unlike any other city in the world. He combed the streets, tasting authentic ethnic cuisines and culinary delights not found in any guide books. His lengthy walking adventures took him to dinky mom-and-pop specialty food shops, and ethnic eateries, which have stood the test of time. He began compiling a best of list in search of the best delicatessens, bagel and knish shops, coffee houses, bakeries, candy stores, hamburger joints, pizzerias, and so much more. A friend, who was visiting from out of town, noticed J.D.'s passion and enthusiasm showing people his discoveries, and suggested he start a walking tour business. And the rest, as they say, is history. Our mission at Sidewalks of NY Tours is to give exceptional walking tours of New York, so our customers will revisit these neighborhoods with confidence, and enjoy the various cultural options they provide. Our creative and fun itineraries, and friendly and knowledgeable tour guides are committed to making your tour the highlight of your stay in The Big Apple. Let us guide you on a journey to discover The True New York!

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitized between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative result from a recent antigen or molecular test may be required, please check the local requirements before your visit.
  • What's included
    • All food tastings and a bottle of water included.
    • The first beer at two different bars is included. You may purchase additional drinks on your own
    What's not included
    • Gratuities for your tour guide are not included in the cost of your tour. While in no way required, we generally recommend giving your guide between 15% - 20% of the purchase price of the tour for a job well done
    Where

    The tour will depart from in front of the Porto Rico Importing Co located at 201 Bleecker St, New york (10012). The closest subway stop is the West 4th Street stop on the A, C, E, B, D or F trains. You can also take the 6 train to Bleecker St and walk West about 8.5 blocks. If you are lost or running late, please call us at 877-568-6877. Our first pizza tasting is at Artichoke Pizza located at 111 MacDougal Street.

    Meeting point:

    Bleecker and MacDougal Streets (New York, NY)

    What to remember
    • Tickets must be purchased in advance and cash is not accepted. Please make sure you purchase tickets well in advance of your desired tour date, as our tours sell out quickly. Tickets can be purchased online or over the phone using Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
    • Minimum purchase quantity: 2 tickets
    • A minimum number of 4 participants is needed for this tour to run
    • Tours are given rain or shine. A good portion of our time is spent walking outdoors. However, on our food tasting tours, we do spend time inside establishments, so you will not be subject to the elements the entire tour.
    • We do a fair amount of walking on our tours. You should dress casually and wear comfortable shoes or sneakers.
    • You will taste pizza from 3 different establishments and 2 glasses of domestic beer are included. Most people say it's enough food for lunch. We suggest individuals with large appetites, see how they feel after the tour, and order a dish from their favorite tasting. You are also able to purchase additional beverages as time allows.
    • Please let us know if you or anyone in your group has a dietary restriction (vegetarian, diabetic, peanut allergy, etc) when you purchase your tickets. If you let us know a couple of days prior to your tour, we can usually substitute a food tasting.
    • We're on our feet for approximately 2.5 hours. We walk at a casual pace and stand in place for a few minutes at various attractions. The streets are flat, but you will have to walk up small stairs at some of the establishments. Please let us know in advance, if you have difficulty walking up a few flights of stairs, and we will make arrangements for you.
    • Everyone on the Pizza and Beer tour must be at least 21 years old with a valid government issued ID.
    • Pets are not allowed on any of our food tasting tours. New York law prohibits pets from entering an establishment that serves food or drink.
    • This Pizza, Beer and History Tour of Greenwich Village is wheelchair accessible. It is not stroller accessible as participants must be 21 years old.
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    When
    • Every Friday and Saturday at 15.00
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    Provider
    Sidewalk Food Tours
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Unfortunately, we can't offer you a refund nor can we change or cancel your booking for this particular product, due to our partner's policy.

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