LGBTQ+ History, Neighborhood and Pub Tour of Greenwich Village
Explore the famous LGBTQ+ history of Greenwich Village with a local NYC guide by your side. See Stonewall Inn, the place where the gay rights movement kicked off in 1969, enjoy a drink in the city’s oldest known gay bar and grab an ice-cream covered in rainbow sprinkles at the city’s sauciest ice-cream parlor!
LGBTQ+ History, Neighborhood and Pub Tour of Greenwich Village Highlights
- Drink at the oldest gay bar in NYC and sing with the locals at a café where many Broadway stars go to croon at the piano
- Visit the location where ‘the shot glass that was heard around the world’ was thrown: Stonewall Inn, the gay bar that launched the civil rights movement for LGBTQ+ people back in 1969
- Celebrate gay history at Big Gay Ice Cream; a fancy cone is included in your tour!
- Tour the iconic West Village where celebrities, writers, provocateurs and social justice warriors used to call home (and see where they used to live and work)
- Duration: 3 hours
- Meeting point: Washington Square Arch in Washington Square, NYC
- Starting time: 4.00 PM
- Ending point: Marie’s Crisis Café, 59 Grove Street
- Full Itinerary
Your LGBTQ+ NYC adventure begins in Washington Square. After we get the formal introductions out of the way we’ll head to our first stop of the day – Gay Street where you’ll learn the history of this former stable alley (hint: the street name has nothing to do with the gay rights’ movement) and see where various gay liberators lived in the area north of Washington Square Park.
NYC’s oldest gay bar, Julius’, is next on our LGBTQ+ agenda, pull up a stool and soak in the atmosphere and drink in the ‘love is love is love…’
Next, we’ll take a sobering look at the NYC Aids Memorial to honor our sisters, brothers and others who we miss and will never forget.
Next up is Christopher Street – arguably the most important thoroughfare in the West Village, where we’ll pass by iconic shops (the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop, Stonewall Inn) and the Stonewall National Monument, the country’s first (and, so far, only) National Monument to celebrate LGBTQ+ people and their achievements.
You scream, I scream… it’s time for Big Gay Ice Cream! Our next stop involves a custom cone ice-cream from NYC’s iconic sweet shop founded by two gay entrepreneurs with a sweet tooth!
Your walking tour then goes past some of the major institutions (Cherry Street Theater! Chumley’s!) that have defined the West Village over the past half-century.
Our LGBTQ+ adventure ends at our favorite piano bar, where you never know who you might spot belting out a Broadway Lullaby. Join in, sing out, celebrate! It’s Gay New York!
Inclusions: Local, English-speaking guide, one drink at an iconic gay bar (beer, wine or cocktail), Ice-cream cone
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide
Dress standard: Dress for all weather, including sturdy shoes. We welcome all levels of flamboyancy (or not): beads, feathers, corsets… come as you are!
Your Trip: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Child Policy: Travellers under 21 years of age are not permitted to join this tour.
We can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests. You can do so in the ‘Additional information’ box at checkout, or by emailing us at [email protected]