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A Tour of 19th Century Drinking Establishments with Rachel Klingberg
Fraunces Tavern
New York, NY
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A Tour of 19th Century Drinking Establishments with Rachel Klingberg
The New York 19th Century Society presents
A Tour of 19th Century Drinking Establishments
Saturday, April 26th 2012
4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
South Street Seaport area
With Rachel Klingberg of The Baritisu Club of New York City.

Limited to 20 participants.

Join us as Rachel walks us through the South Street Seaport and regales you with tales of famous patrons, historical events, and facts of some of the most famous pubs and taverns of New York City.

Fraunces Tavern  1762
54 Pearl Street
In 1783, at the close of the Revolutionary War, General George Washington bid his officers a tearful farewell in this tavern. The New York Chamber of Commerce was founded here; and the departments of Foreign Affairs, Treasury and War were once located here until the capital moved from New York to Philadelphia in 1790. Throughout the 19th century, the building suffered many fires and was rebuilt extensively.
Famous patrons: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay
Signature drink: bourbon, scotch, whiskey, rye

Bridge Cafe  1794
279 Water Street
One of the oldest wooden buildings in Manhattan, it began as a "grocery and wine and porter bottler," making it the oldest food/drinking establishment in continuous operation in NYC. By 1879, it was indicted by the district attorney as a 'disorderly house'. During Prohibition, it was run as a restaurant and sold 'cider,' but beer was available, supplied by a Brooklyn bootlegger. The interior dates from the 1920s.
Famous patrons: Hellcat Maggie, Gallus Mag, Sadie the Goat, Kate Flannery, notorious gangsters The Dead Rabbits, Daybreak Boys, assorted disreputable "river pirates and Water Street hags," Ed Koch
Signature drink: reputedly, "All Sorts", the remnants of other customers' drinks

Delmonico's  1837
2 South William Street
At 11 different locations and under various owners since 1827, Delmonico's has been at 2 South William Street from 18371890; 18911917; 1929-1977; and 1998-present. Delmonico's chef made service a la Russe  dishes brought forth in a series of courses  popular in New York. Formerly service a la Francaise  dishes brought out all at once  was considered the height of cuisine. Many classic dishes are said to have been invented here: Delmonico Steak, Lobster Newburg, possibly Baked Alaska, Eggs Benedict, and Chicken a la King
Famous patrons: Jenny Lind, Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, "Diamond Jim" Brady, Lillian Russell, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, J.P. Morgan, James Gordon Bennett, Jr., Walter Scott, Nikola Tesla, Edward VII, then the Prince of Wales, and Napoleon III of France
Signature drink: Delmonico Cocktail

The Paris Cafe  1873
119 South Street
The elegant Meyer's Hotel opened here in 1987 with a luxurious bar called The Paris Cafe. It catered to wealthy travellers arriving by ship. Teddy Roosevelt was said to have dropped in on occasion while serving as the head of the New York City Police department to collar officers who indulged themselves while on duty.
Famous patrons: Thomas Edison, Theodore Roosevelt, Annie Oakley, Buffalo Bill Cody, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Signature drink: Yeungling or other historic beers


4:30 p.m.  meet at Fraunces Tavern
6:00 p.m.  depart Fraunces Tavern for Delmonico's Bar and Grill
7:30 p.m.  depart Delmonico's for Bridge Café
7:50 p.m.  Bridge Café exterior view and interior peek (due to its small size, our group cannot fit inside this establishment)
7:55 p.m.  depart Bridge Café for Paris Cafe
8:00 p.m.  dinner and drinks at Paris Café - tour concludes

Caitlin of the New York 19th Century Society will be there to collect your tickets and to answer any questions you have regarding the tour.

PLEASE NOTE: Our tickets do not cover fees for drinks or food or any group checks from these taverns.



Fraunces Tavern (View)
54 Pearl Street
New York, NY 10004
United States

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Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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