ROAM VILLAGE STOMPING GROUNDS ON THIS OUT PROFESSIONALS TOUR OF HISTORIC LGBT BARS, LOUNGES, SPEAKEASIES AND CLUBS.
On Saturday, June 3, Out Professionals repeats its sold-out exploration of the West Village — “Bar Wars: The Walking Tour and Mixer.” Rescheduled from May 13 because of a threatened Nor’easter, this is a camera-worthy tour of LGBT history as played out in sometimes notorious speakeasies, bars and clubs.
For decades bar culture has loomed large in the gay community. During this three-hour pub crawl, learn why bars have played such an outsized role in gay life. Join us for the opportunity to tip back our glasses at four special gay/lesbian bars, during 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 New York hospital was at the forefront of AIDS treatment? How is that hospital remembered today?
- What is the biggest threat to today’s gay bar culture?
Tour director Phil Desiere, founder of Walk About New York, is licensed by the city as a tour guide. In addition to tours of such quintessential spots as Central Park, Phil develops and leads tours of Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark. Today’s tour originated in conjunction with the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.
On Saturday, June 3, 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 legendary Keith Haring bathroom (now a meeting room), we explore the rich history of West Village watering holes on foot. Refreshments on your own. Tour ends at approximately 5 p.m.
For this extended-length tour: Nonmember, $35; dues-paying OP Member, $25. The personalized nature of our tours limits the number of participants. Sorry, no refunds or exchanges. To avoid disappointment, register before 11 p.m. on Friday, June 2. Pocket a copy of your online receipt; thanks! At the door, space permitting, cash only.
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As a registered nonprofit, Out Professionals must rely on the support of our Individual and Business Members. You can enjoy a 12-month Individual OP Membership (new or renewal, your own or a gift) PLUS free admission for one to “Bar Wars: The Walking Tour and Mixer” for just $85; final sale. OP Membership includes free entry to every month’s OP.LOUNGE and discounted admission to other LGBT programming all year long. Join here — and thank you!