Walking Tour of Historic LGBT Bar Culture - West Village

 

ROAM VILLAGE STOMPING GROUNDS ON THIS OUT PROFESSIONALS TOUR OF HISTORIC LGBT BARS, LOUNGES, SPEAKEASIES AND CLUBS.

Join Out Professionals Members and friends for “Bar Wars: The Walking Tour and Mixer.” Explore LGBT history as played out in sometimes notorious speakeasies, bars and clubs. Today’s tour originated in conjunction with the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.

For decades bar culture has loomed large in the gay community. During this three-hour stroll, learn why bars have played such an outsized role in gay life. Join us as we tip back our glasses at four special gay/lesbian bars, on an entertaining tour of Manhattan’s most storied neighborhood.

- What can veterans of Ty’s, Stonewall and Julius’ tell us about gay bar culture’s place in history?
- Who was the woman who opened the first lesbian nightclub? How has she been immortalized?
- Why did Village waterfront bars welcome the rougher side of gay life?
- Which bar was the site of a major gay protest resulting in a famous court case years prior to Stonewall?
- What are the biggest threats to today’s gay bar culture?

Phil Desiere (shown), founder of Walk About New York, is licensed by the city as a Tourist Guide. In addition to tours of such quintessential spots as Central Park, Phil has developed and leads the Gay Graves tour at Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark.

WHAT’S UP

On Saturday, May 13, our tour begins at 2 p.m. sharp, rain or shine, in the lobby of the LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues. Subway: 1/2/3, A/C/E or F/M to 14th Street; L to 6th or 8th Avenue. After viewing the Center’s famous Keith Haring bathroom (now a meeting room), we explore the rich history of West Village watering holes. Refreshments on your own. Tour ends at approximately 5 p.m.

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