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NYC: West Village Pub Tour Traces Roots of LGBTQ Culture – In-Person Walking Tour

Saturday, October 23 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join Out Professionals Members and friends to explore LGBTQ history as played out in sometimes notorious speakeasies, bars, and clubs. This is an encore tour after our SOLD-OUT tour in August.

For decades bar culture has loomed large in the LGBTQ 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?

Today’s tour originated in conjunction with the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.

What’s Up?

Our tour begins at 2:00 PM 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 5:00 PM back at the LGBTQ Center.

About Our Guide:

Phil Desiere (shown in event cover), 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.


Saturday, October 23
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
208 W 13 St
New York, NY 10011 United States
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