Party Like It's 1929

Party Like It's 1929

A glimpse inside one of the Take Me Out limos.


Thursday marked the 81st anniversary of the proposal of the 21st Amendment, which would repeal Prohibition. While not legal, the hidden bars of the “Roaring 1920s” offered a party scene that remains iconic today. Think: all-night gatherings behind closed doors and that element of danger that excites the night. Now you can party like it’s 1929 with Take Me Out, a tour company specializing in showing visitors the best of NYC nightlife. The firm was recently ranked the #1 nightlife attraction on Trip Advisor, so I decided to give its Prohibition Tour a whirl. The evening kicked off at Union Square, where a friend and I met with guide Brogan Valerde and hopped into the limo. He took us to three 1920s-style bars, which involved traversing dark alleys, ducking behind hidden doors and drinking our libations out of teacups. One of the best parts is that Take Me Out worked with the bars to arrange exclusive, immediate access—no standing in lines, paying cover charges or waiting for a table, and it was Friday night. Combined with breezing through Manhattan in a limo with Champagne flutes in hand, it was the VIP treatment. Prohibition was never meant to be a permanent installation in American culture, but the time period has surely shaped our nightlife scene.

>> Take Me Out, 877.313.1815, info@takemeoutnyc.com