History Lesson in a Speakeasy: Context Travel Offers Birth of the Cocktail Tour in New York City

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Last summer, I experienced a opens in a new windowtaste of Brooklyn thanks to the folks of opens in a new windowContext Travel. The walking tour was intimate, had a good pace and the docent (aka: guide) was personable and knowledgeable.

Today, visitors to New York have a new walking seminar (tour) option with Context Travel called, Birth of the Cocktail, a Drinkable History of New York. The Manhattan walking seminar chronicles the birth of the cocktail and visits historic bars and other landmarks. Participants will explore the cocktail’s evolution beginning with pre-prohibition to modern day.

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge with Context Travel, June 2010

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge with Context Travel, June 2010

It’s led by experts including a noted wine and spirits critic and sociologist who has written extensively about the history of New York bar culture.

“The cocktail tells the history of America in miniature,” says Context manager for New York, Carolyn Macuga. “As we make our way southward in Manhattan, we trace social history from the 19th century to the present, through wars, civil unrest,  technological innovation, and the projection of American power abroad.”

The tour includes visits to iconic hotel bars of the early 20th century, one of the city’s oldest and most famous speakeasies and view the city’s most significant library and collection of antique cocktail books and barware. Perhaps the tour highlight is a tasting at a revival speakeasy served up by a contemporary mixologist.

Booking Context Travel’s Birth of the Cocktail
Birth of the Cocktail runs daily except Sunday. Group walks are limited to 6 people maximum and cost $65 per person. Private tours are available. There is an additional $18 pp charge for alcohol consumed during the course of the walk.

Learn more about Context by visiting its website: opens in a new windowwww.contexttravel.com.


Author: Jenn

Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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