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We provide our guests with a truly unique experience.

At Tanner Smith’s, we strive to provide our guests with a unique experience in a warm setting. The Main bar area is styled as an early 20 th century New York drinking house. Artfully created cocktails along with our rotating craft beer selection and wine list are accompanied by thoughtful food selections served with a twist





Who Was Tanner Smith?

  • 1887
  • 1887-July 26

    Thomas F. “Tanner” Smith

    Thomas F. “Tanner” Smith was born in 1887 on the west side of Manhattan. Growing up on the streets from a young age, he became wellversed in the ilicit underground antics of New York’s criminal underworld. Tanner was reportedly related to local ward and district politicians and was heavily involved in and around Tammany Hall. These connections helped Tanner acquire leadership of the Marginal gang who constantly battled along with allies, the Gophers and the Pearl Buttons, to defeat the Hudson Dusters for control of the west-side waterfront.

  • early 1910

    Winona Club

    The leader of the Gopher gang was a man named Owney Madden who would go onto be close friends and business partners with Tanner. Around 1910 Tanner and Owney joined together to open up the Winona Club on the corner of West 47th Street & 10th Ave. This was a boisterous drinking den, where late night rendezvous behind closed doors raged until all hours. The club reportedly had one of the best warning systems around to let occupants know when the law was outside and provided a series of tunnels and exit routes out. Politicians, gang members, judges, ladies of the night and the odd off-duty police officer were known regulars at the Winona Club.

  • 1914-June 19th

    Gopher Gang

    On June 19th, 1914 Tanner was arrested for involvement in a gun fight with a member of the Gopher gang on west 20th Street & 10th Ave. Tanner was chased and arrested by Patrolman Krozer and sentenced to a year in the Tombs for carrying a revolver. The year inside helped Tanner realize his wrongdoings. Upon release his mother and sister convinced him to turn away from the criminal underworld he once ran on the west side. He then took a job as a boss stevedore on the Hudson Docks, overseeing the unloading and loading of ships. Tanner became somewhat of a modern day Robin Hood over the next five years–opening his own contracting business and using his profits from the wealthy to help the communities along the west side. He opened several boys’ 9 clubs in an effort to stop the local youth from going down the same path he once did. Unfortunately, the criminal life was never far away. Tanner being the astute business man that he was saw the financial potential that awaited with Prohibition looming. The 18th ammendment had recently passed and with Tanner’s connections on the docks, he and his old ally Owney Madden began forging alliances to start running liquor into New York

  • early 1919

    Marginal Club

    In early 1919, Tanner opened the Marginal Club on 11th Street and 8th Ave. The Marginal Club was located above a saloon and was created with the premise of later becoming a speakeasy when the Volstead Act would commence. The entrance had tight security and there were several exit routes out. The club was a hangout for Tanner’s & Owney’s key figures such as Big Frenchy the accountant, The Razor Riley, Goo Goo Knox, The Monk Eastman & One Lung Curran. Tanner’s foray back into the criminal underworld of the west side would be short-lived. On the night of July 26th 1919, Tanner and a few of his associates played cards in the Marginal Club when a masked gunman burst in and shot Tanner in the back. In the days that followed Tanner’s death, his gang unleashed a wave of violence on the west side and Hoboken in retaliation for his murder.

  • Nov 4th 1920

    Rumours

    Various rumours circled as to the motive and individuals behind Tanner’s murder. One being that it was Owney’s Gophers who had done it, as they no longer needed Tanner once the smuggling routes where in place. Another rumour was that a former Hudson Dusters leader was behind the assasination. On Nov 4th 1920 George Lewis, a former member of the Hudson Duster’s was convicted of the murder of Thomas F. ‘Tanner’ Smith, ending any furthur speculation. Here at Tanner’s we honour the man who helped ensure New Yorker’s would not go dry during prohibition whilst giving back to his neighbourhood to ensure a better way of life for those who would come behind him.

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The Word on Tanner Smiths

Check out what people have to say about us!

  • Great new bar in NYC,super atmosphere and the cocktail list is amazing. Not to mention the bartenders who are of the best in New York. This bar is a must see for both residents and tourists!!!

    Graham O' Reilly

  • Al rocks! We stumbled on this place and it is a goldmine. As a former New Yorker, go here.

    Marlon Hall

  • Amazing cocktail bar. The smoked cocktails add a new dimension to classic cocktails. Fantastic service. Great space to accomdate all groups. A keeper and great addition for the area

    Abi Areas

  • Go order a Winona and be ready for your life to change... A much needed break from reality. Keep my barstool warm lads.

    Zia Nita

  • A lovely, well appointed pub with friendly service. It was a perfect spot for drinks after a Carnegie Hall concert.

    Sue Uhlig

Calendar Events


events
  • Friday 9 December 2016 All Day

    - DJ Jay
    in the main bar
    8pm - 3am

  • Saturday 10 December 2016 All Day

    Tipsy Tea Brunch
    Live Jazz
    by Tara O'Grady & Her Band
    11:30am – 2:30pm



    - DJ Jay
    downstairs in the Hudson Room
    10pm - 4am

  • Sunday 11 December 2016 All Day

    Tipsy Tea Brunch
    Live Jazz
    by Tara O'Grady & Her Band
    11:30am – 2:30pm

  • Thursday 15 December 2016 All Day

    - DJ Paul C
    in the Main Bar
    8pm – 2am

  • Friday 16 December 2016 All Day

    - DJ Jay
    in the main bar
    8pm - 3am




Cocktail Bar

Relax and sip on one of our handcrafted cocktails in a unique setting.

Nestled below the main level of Tanner Smith’s is a subterranean, constantly evolving experimental bar with an expansive cocktail program. The lower space celebrates a history dating back to the 1900’s with whimsical decor from centuries gone. It offers private nooks and corners tucked away within stone walls for occasions of all types..


  • How to make The Swizzle  -  (29 sec video) Tanner Smith's
  • How to make The Midnight Moonshine Cocktail  -  Tanner Smith's
  • How to make The Hudson Duster Cocktail  -  Tanner Smith's
  • How to make The Winona  -  Tanner Smith's
  • How to make The Marginal Cocktail  -  Tanner Smith's
  • How to make The Mayor Gaynor's Tipple - Tanner Smith's
  • Tanner Smith's Construction Timelapse
  • How to make The Footloose - (39 sec video) Tanner Smith's
  • How to make The Brown Eyed Girl - (33 sec video) Tanner Smith's
  • How to make The Call Me Over - (34 sec video) Tanner Smith's
  • How to make The Drop Kick Mule - (34 sec video) Tanner Smith's


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Private Events

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Tanner Smith's is available for private functions of all sizes such as corporate meetings and events, weddings, birthdays, graduations and engagements. It's the perfect space for any event that requires an elegant or casual cocktail. We're happy to provide flexible arrangements throughout to create special occasions, from smaller gatherings all the way up to a full venue buy-out.

Our establishment is equipped with the latest audio and visual equipment to enhance any event, with microphones, HDTV's, a full DJ booth and HDMI ready inputs for video presentations.


RESERVATIONS:


We accept reservations for groups of 8 or more. Smaller parties are welcome to walk in at any time.
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TANNER SMITHS
Mon - Fri : 11am - 4am
Sat- Sun: 10:30am - 4am
204 West 55th Street, New York NY 10019
Trains: N Q R to 57 St. - 7 Ave
P. 646.590.2034 | f. 646.590.1453
[email protected]

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