Oldest Bar in Every State
41. South Dakota
> Bar name: Buffalo Bodega Bar
> City: Deadwood
> Original bar founded: 1877
The Buffalo Bodega Bar was established by Mike Russell in 1877 and named for his friend Buffalo Bill Cody. Deadwood was never short of bars or other forms of entertainment, but Buffalo Bar has stood the test of time. Today, it is part of a complex that offers dining, gaming, and live entertainment.
> Bar name: Springwater Supper Club
> City: Nashville
> Original bar founded: 1896
Once a dive bar, always a dive bar. Though the bar has been known as the Springwater Supper Club only since 1978, it’s been serving drinks since 1896. One year later, it was serving drinks during the Tennessee Centennial and International Expo in 1897. During Prohibition it was a speakeasy and Al Capone and Jimmy Hoffa are known to have gambled there.
> Bar name: Scholz Garten
> City: Austin
> Original bar founded: 1866
The Scholz Garten claims to be the oldest continually operated biergarten in the United States.
Founded in 1866, it’s even older than Germany, which was not unified until 1871. Not surprisingly, it has an extensive beer menu with a choice of German drafts. Located in the heart of the state capital, Austin, it’s popular with local politicians and hosts fundraisers and other political events.
> Bar name: Shooting Star Saloon
> City: Huntsville
> Original bar founded: 1879
The Shooting Star Saloon isn’t just Utah’s oldest bar, it’s the state’s oldest business. Another distinction is Buck, a dog whose head is mounted on the wall of the Shooting Star. Buck was recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest St. Bernard, weighing 298 pounds.
> Bar name: Ye Olde Tavern
> City: Manchester
> Original bar founded: 1790
Ye Olde Tavern was built in 1790, when it was known as The Stagecoach Inn, and has gone through a number of name changes, uses, and owners since. It boasted the first phone line in Manchester, but is still proud of its uneven floors, slanting doorways, and antique furnishings.