It began in early 1998. A young theater company, The New Ensemble, was looking to raise money for their inaugural production of Romeo and Juliet. Regular company “company meetings” would be held at White Horse Tavern, Chumley’s, and the old Cedar Tavern among others. Quickly the idea came about to hold regular readings of these writers works at their favorite bars. Picking up the cues from the 1960’s village Beats, where you could “Rent a Beatnik” or go on Beat tours of the village, TNE held several roving readings at multiple pubs. We would often come across the Jazz Blues tour of Greenwich Village, and started discussing the idea of turning our readings into a regularly scheduled event. Around that same time in early 1998, one of the company members attended the Dublin Literary Pub Crawl [insert link] (which we highly recommend). The different ideas were melded and in April of 1998 the first Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl was born.
As the longest running tour in the Village, we’ve cemented ourselves as the pre-eminent drunken gurus of Village lore. Since that time numerous walking tours and pub crawls have emerged in the Village, but when you hear the stories and the research, along with recitations of the writers work, it becomes clear why the Pub Crawl is ranked as one of the best tours in the city. We’ve worked hard to do more than share the history, but to revive and inspire the spirit if the Village and the writers who helped shaped the nation and the world.
We hope you’ll come share a drink and story with us sometime soon!