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Bad is Good

by Erin Pihlaja on October 10, 2013


photo by Erin Pihlaja

Two executive “party” buses packed full of eager passengers, spent three hours on Saturday (Oct. 5), learning about the often scandalous history in the Capital Region on the Historic Bad boys, Broads, and Bootleggers Tour, presented by All Over Albany.

The tour departed from Troy and made its first stops at City Beer Hall and at the Speakeasy in Albany, where participants got to sample beer and learn about prohibition days, when local politicians helped citizens stay boozy. As the shuttles made their way back to Troy, tour guides Duncan Crary and Paul Nooney pointed out areas where brothels once thrived, and gangster Legs Diamond once roamed. After a stop at the Lucas Confectionery, the group went to Smith’s in Cohoes, where they sampled Nine Pin Cider (available to the public by next year) at the bar which was once a part of the famed Tammany Hall in New York City. The final stop was at the Malt Room, which just recently opened in Troy.