Special Report

Oldest Bar in Every State

Source: Eischen's Bar / Facebook

36. Oklahoma
> Bar name: Eischen’s Bar
> City: Okarche
> Original bar founded: 1896

Originally called Eischen’s Saloon by owner Peter Eischen, it opened 11 years before Oklahoma became a state. The bar took its current name after Prohibition ended, when Peter’s son Nick and grandson Jack reopened the tavern. The bar burnt to the ground in January 1993 but was rebuilt and reopened in August 1993.

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37. Oregon
> Bar name: Huber’s
> City: Portland
> Original bar founded: 1879

Huber’s was established as The Bureau Saloon in 1879 and renamed when it was acquired by Frank Huber. It has been run by the Louie family for three generations. During Prohibition, it survived as a restaurant that specializes in turkey dinners. Today, its signature drink is a Spanish Coffee that includes Kahlua. The drink is so popular that Huber’s is one of the largest users of Kahlua in the United States.

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38. Pennsylvania
> Bar name: Broad Axe Tavern
> City: Ambler
> Original bar founded: 1681

The Broad Axe Tavern dates back to 1681. Legend has it that the name came from the axes used to clear the nearby woods for farmland. George Washington passed by a number of times during the American Revolutionary War. There was fighting in the area and many soldiers were buried near the tavern, which is said to be haunted by ghosts.

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39. Rhode Island
> Bar name: White Horse Tavern
> City: Newport
> Original bar founded: 1673

Housed in a building that was originally constructed in 1652, the White Horse Tavern was established in 1673 and is purported to be America’s oldest bar. Not everyone was literate back then, and a white horse signified a tavern. Today, it has an extensive menu that includes local seafood and farm produce. While some of the entrants on our list proudly consider themselves dive bars, the White Horse Tavern has a dress code that stipulates “Country Club” or “Business Casual.”

Source: McCrady's Tavern / Facebook

40. South Carolina
> Bar name: McCrady’s
> City: Charleston
> Original bar founded: 1778

South Carolina’s oldest bar was founded by Edward McCrady in 1778. His home was a meeting place for notables before and during the American Revolution, and he was imprisoned by the British. After the war, McCrady established the tavern and it quickly became a local favorite — it hosted a banquet for George Washington in 1791. The building has had a number of uses over the years and was even derelict for a while, but it was restored in 1982 and designated a National Historic Landmark.

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