From pulsd.com:

Ring in the new year at Mr. Cannon, the most infamous bar in the Seaport District, offering inventive cocktails and speakeasy vibes. The fun starts at 9:00pm on Sunday December 31, 2017.

Grab this $89 Ticket (a $118 value) and get ready to enjoy throwback cocktails from years gone by as you wrap-up 2017.

Your 3 Hour Premium Open Bar also includes passed foods; from the Baby Lamb Chops with Spearmint Jam and Tzatziki Sauce to the Vegetable Spring Rolls with Ponzu Sauce, you certainly won’t be going hungry as you are getting merry.

Whether you come for the cozy vibes or the sleep cocktails, counting down to midnight at such an exclusive spot means that you’ll be welcoming 2018 in an only-in-New York fashion…

Mr. Cannon
206 Front Street

Nestled in downtown Manhattan’s Seaport District, right off the city’s idyllic cobblestone streets, Mr. Cannon is a speakeasy that traces it’s roots back to 1817.

Enter through the hidden entrance and you’ll be transported to a subterranean lounge from years gone by. This bespoke social club unites the present and past with old-school sensibilities and aesthetics.

Celebrate the turn of the year at this intimate venue with endless drinks and delicious food including the Peppercorn Encrusted Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish Crema & Micro Arugula and Citrus Marinated Shrimp with Dill and Mango.

Have a few more drinks and it may loosen your lips; but until then, you’ll be welcoming 2018 from New York City’s best kept secret…

Your $89 Ticket (an $118 Value) Includes:

  • Admission to the A Speakeasy New Year’s Eve Party at Mr. Cannon from 9:00pm until 2:00am on Sunday December 31, 2017.
  • 3 Hour Open Bar from 9:00pm until 12:00am.
  • Passed foods including Baby Lamb Chops with Spearmint Jam & Tzatziki Sauce, Vegetable Spring Rolls with Ponzu Sauce & more.
  • Countdown to the Ball Drop.
  • Midnight Champagne Toast.
  • Party Favors.

Mr Cannon’s Website | A Speakeasy NYE

  • May purchase as many tickets as you like for personal use or for gifting.
  • Event runs 9pm-2am; Premium Open Bar run from 9pm-12am.
  • Valid only on Sunday December 31, 2017.

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From silive.com:

Schaffer’s Tavern: Winky says ‘it’s time’ for last call; sets closing date

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from SiLive.com:
Schaffer’s Tavern: Historic Staten Island restaurant is closing

By Pamela Silvestri

on September 14, 2016 at 1:22 PM, updated September 15, 2016 at 11:00 AM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Rumors have been afloat for more than a year that Schaffer’s Tavern was sold. Well, turns out there’s truth behind the talk.

Pending regulatory and Buildings Department approvals, Victory State Bank is taking over a long-term lease of the historic space at 2055 Victory Blvd. in Meiers Corners.

Construction of a new building will begin in early 2017, according to Joe LiBassi, Victory’s founder and chairman. When that happens, proprietor Winky Schaffer and his family will retire from the restaurant business.

A final day of Schaffer’s Tavern service has not been announced.


Back in March, when rumors ran rampant of a bank taking over the spot, Schaffer shrugged off the chatter as he tended bar. He couldn’t complain about business and admitted it’s been a great stretch — 83 years in Meiers Corners — making the place the longest-running family-owned eatery on Staten Island.

Photos: A look at the enduring appeal of Staten Island's Schaffer's Tavern

Photos: A look at the enduring appeal of Staten Island’s Schaffer’s Tavern

Schaffer’s Tavern, the longest running family-owned restaurant in the borough, celebrates its 80th year

“Hello, my friend! How ya doin’?” said Winky back on that balmy spring day. He reached over to the side to shake hands with a patron, then took back to his spot behind the taps filling chilled mugs with beer.

There’s a lot of history within these knotted pine walls, many fond memories of families and neighborhood “good people” types, Schaffer has said.

And, the story of Schaffer’s goes like this: Winky’s grandfather, George, had a speakeasy, located at the top of Jewett Avenue at Victory Boulevard in the 1920s. (That’s where a Burger King is now.) When Prohibition ended, George opened Schaffer’s in its current building (2055 Victory Boulevard) purchased in 1933. The structure resembles a Bavarian tavern with its flower boxes and roof line.

Winky manages the restaurant with sons Chad and Troy. Some of the family members live in two apartments upstairs.

On Tuesday, waitress Mary Karpeles shuttled to tables Schaffer’s famed pastrami and separate platter of tender, brown sauce-topped fresh sliced ham served with string beans and mashed potatoes. She’s been a server at the restaurant for over 30 years and knows customers by name.

Other long-time employees are held in high esteem like the Schaffers’ late bartenders — Ed Cicci, Ed Lunny, Peter Barquin, Charles “Cookie” Farley, Ed Noonen — who are memorialized in the front room.


Detail inside the two-room tavern include ceramic tile floors and auburn woodwork, both original to Schaffer’s. Only the bar has changed: Seventeen years ago, a fire damaged a mantle that hung over the space and subsequently a carpenter named Joe Tuite built a new back-bar.

Other traditions in the place include small jars or bowls of hot red peppers and vinegar-pickled green tomatoes, potato pancakes and sauteed red cabbage.…

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from Gothamist:

Legendary West Village Speakeasy Chumley’s Will Reopen In September

The Chumley’s of drinks past (FNY)

Long-dormant Chumley’s, the legendary West Village speakeasy and NIMBY magnet, has finally been given the date of its resurrection: September 6th. Nine long years after a chimney and wall collapse forced the bar to shutter, the Times reports that it’ll finally reopen at its Bedford Street home, with a shiny new decor and fancy menu to usher in its new era. Up in heaven, Jack Kerouac is rolling his eyes.

As was previously reported, there’s a new captain at the helm at Chumley’s. Alessandro Borgognone, operator of lauded Sushi Nakazawa just a block away, signed on with two business partners to spruce up Chumley’s to appeal to the neighborhood. The partners have upgraded the bar’s decor to include “patterned wallpaper, leather banquettes, French-oak tables…[and a] long, dark bar.” At least the book jackets—celebrating the bar’s literary history—have been brought back, though some are reproductions.

The new “Chumley’s on steroids,” as Borgognone describes it, puts a big focus on the dining side of the bar/restaurant. Victoria Blamey, a former chef de cuisine at notable tasting menu restaurant Atera in Tribeca, will be leading the kitchen; previously, that meant classics like burgers and steak frites “in the $10 to $25 range.” Borgognone now says diners should expect to pay $50 per person—before drinks. “We don’t do bars where people are drinking in and flopping all over the floor—that’s not our kind of business,” Borgognone explained.

If these measures still can’t appease neighbors, at least would-be drunken hooligans will probably just walk on past Chumley’s without even knowing it’s there. As part of the Greenwich Village Historic District, signs aren’t permitted on the building.


Update, February 2017: As might have been expected, the “new Chumley’s” is a far cry from the old Chumley’s. Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York says, in “Chumley’s RIP”;

I don’t have to go to Chumley’s to know what’s happened to it, but in case you need a first-hand account, here’s Pete Wells in the Times this week:

“If you heard that Chumley’s is open again, you were misinformed. The dim, spare, beer-scented hideaway in the West Village is gone, torn down, not coming back. At its old address is a restaurant that has nothing in common with the original except a name, a door, an archway and framed photographs of, and jackets of books by, writers who used to drink there. Most of them wouldn’t be able to afford a cocktail there now, let alone dinner…

Now, instead of atmosphere, Chumley’s has décor; the book jackets and photographs are elements in a haunted house attraction featuring the ghosts of Hemingway and Kerouac. The neighbors sleep better, but the neighborhood isn’t as interesting.”



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Our Untapped Cities events series has grown quite a bit, thanks to all of you intrepid explorers. While many of our upcoming events are sold out (or awaiting new dates for the waitlisters), we’ve got some new upcoming tours that still have space. From a tour of an authentic Prohibition era speakeasy, a tour and tasting at Industry City Distillery, to a visit to the off-limits Woolworth Building, these are just a sampling of what we have in store.

Woolworth Building Tour: April 18th & May 16th

Untapped Cities will be offering readers the chance for intimate, hour-long tour of the normally off-limits Woolworth Building lobby led by Lisa Renz, a preservationist working directly with the archives of the Woolworth Building. In addition to a guided visit through the spectacular lobby, we will also visit the basement level where the bank vault is located and where the former entrances to the subway are. Other locations, as seen on previous Untapped Cities tours, will be dependent on building access on the particular day. Untapped Cities works directly with the tour guides to provide additional access not necessarily available on regular tours of the building. Following the tour, we will lead guests to an optional cocktail hour at the historic Tiny’s. Buy Tickets

Tour and Tasting Behind the Scenes at Industry City Distillery: Saturday, April 25th at 2pm

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Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Industry City Distillery in Brooklyn, New York City’s only vodka distillery and learn how they craft their Industry Standard beet sugar vodka. Get an insider view of their bio-lab, workshop and stills, with a tour led by Industry City Distillery staff. After, get a tasting of the vodka in the Industry City tasting beakers and take in the uninterrupted views of lower Manhattan, Midtown, Governors Island, and the Statue of Liberty. Guests will get to keep the glass beakers from the tour.
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Tour and Cocktails at Authentic Prohibition-Era Speakeasy: May 9th, 3pm

Join us for our next Untapped Cities event with a tour and cocktail at an authentic Prohibition era speakeasy in the East Village. The speakeasy, still being used as a bar and theater, retains the original wood bar, access to original mafia escape tunnels, and the safes where $2 million dollars were found by Lorcan Otway, the founder of the Museum of the American Gangster, and his father.

The tour guide from the Museum of American Gangster will give us a walkthrough of the museum and speakeasy remnants that will conclude with a vintage cocktail at the bar. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the museum.

Sign up for the waitlist for our tours of Brooklyn Kings Theatre, the Remnants of Penn Station, Exploration of Dead Horse Bay and more here.…

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“44 Amazing NYC Places That Actually Still Exist” (Buzzfeed).

Most are bars and restaurants.

A lot of classic New York City spots might be disappearing, but you can still go to these distinctive shops, bars, and restaurants. For now, anyway.

1. Russ & Daughters, 179 East Houston St. (East Village)

Russ & Daughters, 179 East Houston St. (East Village)

Jeffrey Bary / Via Flickr: 70118259@N00

Russ & Daughters, a family-operated “appetizing store” focused on selling traditional Jewish fish and dairy products, has been a fixture of the Lower East Side since 1914. It’s one of the only existing stores in the entire country dedicated to appetizing.

2. Eddie’s Sweet Shop, 105-29 Metropolitan Ave. #1 (Forest Hills)

Eddie's Sweet Shop, 105-29 Metropolitan Ave. #1 (Forest Hills)

Joe Shlabotnik / Via Flickr: joeshlabotnik

Eddie’s Sweet Shop is an old school ice cream parlor and soda fountain that has served the neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, for over a century. It’s not too hard to find ice cream shops that aspire to capturing the vibe of an old-timey soda fountain, but this is the real deal.

3. Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway (East Village)

Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway (East Village)

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Strand may be the single most beloved and iconic used book store in the entire city, and has been a destination for bibliophiles around the world for nearly a century. The store contains a staggering amount of books and truly lives up to its hype.

4. Di Fara Pizza, 1424 Avenue J (Midwood)

Di Fara Pizza, 1424 Avenue J (Midwood)

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Di Fara has been around since the mid-’60s but made the shift from local treasure to a destination spot for world class pizza sometime in the past decade or so. The pizza is so good that people are willing to travel from all over the city and wait for up to three hours to get a pie handcrafted by restaurant founder and pizza auteur Dom DeMarco.

5. Generation Records, 210 Thompson St. (Greenwich Village)

Generation Records, 210 Thompson St. (Greenwich Village)

Daniel Lobo / Via Flickr: daquellamanera

Greenwich Village was once a major destination for record collectors, but this large punk and metal-centric shop is one of the few stores that’s managed to stay open over the years.

6. St. Mark’s Comics, 11 St. Mark’s Place (East Village)

St. Mark's Comics, 11 St. Mark's Place (East Village)

St. Mark’s Place has been heavily gentrified over the past 20 years, but this stalwart comics shop has stuck around despite so many seedy punk and counterculture shops getting replaced with chains like Chipotle and Supercuts. (And yes, this is the comic book store from that one episode of Sex and the City.)

7. Caffe Reggio, 119 Macdougal St. (Greenwich Village)

Caffe Reggio, 119 Macdougal St. (Greenwich Village)

Scott Beale / Via Flickr: laughingsquid

Caffe Reggio has a crucial role in the development of coffee culture in the United States — it was the first establishment to sell cappuccino in America back in the 1920s. The cafe still has its original espresso machine, which dates back to 1902, and was purchased by founder Domenico Parisi when he opened the place in 1927.

8. Old Town Bar on 45 East 18th St.

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Though the modern incarnation of the “Speakeasy” is a “speakeasy” in name only (as alcohol and places which serve it are back to being legal) operating above-board, they face all the other relevant regulation aimed at public gathering and eating places, including capacity limits.  Here’s a relevant example:

From Eater.com:


Church Street Tavern and Bandit Roost have been slapped by the DOB with a partial vacate order.

The Tribeca restaurant Church Street Tavern and it’s basement speakeasy Bandit’s Roost are less than two months old and neighbors are already very unhappy with them. The owners originally used the largely residential building’s lobby as it’s exclusive entrance to the basement party. “All of a sudden we had a bouncer outside of our door and these people wandering through our lobby to get inside…It was ridiculous,” a resident who has lived in the building for 34 years told DNAinfo. The team has reportedly moved the entrance inside the restaurant, but there are still complaints of vibrations from the music from residents.

The DOB has slammed the restaurant and bar with a partial vacate order, saying that it violated the legal limit of 74 patrons in both spaces and doesn’t have a Place of Assembly Certificate that would allow it to host up to 120 people. The liquor license for both spaces is a holdover from when Morimoto operated Tribeca Canvas and the short-lived Bisutoro, and is set to expire on November 30. The team will appear before the local community board next month, but given the loud way it announced itself to the neighborhood, that may not go very well.

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Bathtub Gin

Bathtub Gin


Bathtub Gin

Business Insider

132 9th Ave.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/coolest-new-businesses-in-new-york-2011-12?op=1#ixzz31W9zY86q

What it is: Prohibition-era inspired bar


Why it’s cool: The cocktail lounge is hidden behind a nondescript coffee shop, in keeping with the speakeasy theme. The menu is heavily focused on gin, and the highlight of the space is a copper bathtub where patrons can be found dancing on busy nights.


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From The Backroom NYC:

“The Back Room is one of only two speakeasies in New York City that operated during Prohibition and is still in existence today. It is a timeless example of the underbelly of New York past. The original 1920’s speakeasy, known simply as “The Back of Ratner’s,” played host to many theater and movie actors of the “Roaring Twenties,” as well as famous gangsters of the era. These gangsters included Bugsy Siegel, Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky.  They were known to use the space for “business meetings.”

The Back Room and it’s history has been featured in many productions, including, HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire, New York Speakeasy Tour” and NYC-TV‘s “Secrets of New York.“ It is this rich and authentic history that sets The Back Room apart from other “speakeasies” of today. 

Visit The Back Room and use the same hidden entrance that was used 85 years ago. Enjoy a cocktail from a teacup—the way people used to secretly drink during prohibition! The vintage 1920’s décor, period pieces and secret room behind the bookcase, provide the perfect setting for a date, birthday party, film shoot, event, or a casual night with friends. Although the characters may have changed, the energy and ambiance remain constant. You won’t see any gangsters, but you might be a guest at an event for Pearl Jam, Martha Stewart, Paul McCartney, New York Magazine or Robert Plant. (All memorable events recently hosted at The Back Room!) Experience it for yourself. Even though Prohibition is over, the tradition lives on at The Back Room!

Open: Mon to Sun 7:30 pm – 2 am
Tue to Thu 7:30 pm – 3 am
Fri to Sat 7:30 pm – 4 am

The Backroom Bar, 102 Norfolk Street, New York NY 10002″

Open: Mon to Sun 7:30 pm – 2 am
Tue to Thu 7:30 pm – 3 am
Fri to Sat 7:30 pm – 4 am

Open: Mon to Sun 7:30 pm – 2 am
Tue to Thu 7:30 pm – 3 am
Fri to Sat 7:30 pm – 4 am

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Amazon Local is currently offering a discount on this evening tour of bars in NYC which (illegally) served alcohol during Prohibition.  “A seasoned tour guide will lead you through these well-preserved watering holes, sharing illuminating facts along the way”. The tour is comprised of several older bars in Manhattan.

Tours conducted by SP& Big Apple,held at 7:30 pm Thurs.-Sat.…

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