Special Report

The Oldest Bar in Every State

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21. Massachusetts
> Bar name: Warren Tavern
> City: Charlestown
> Original bar founded: 1780

The Warren Tavern is named in honor of Dr. Joseph Warren, who directed Paul Revere and William Dawes to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams that the British were coming to arrest them in 1775. Among the tavern’s famous patrons are George Washington, who stopped by while in Charlestown, and Paul Revere, who was a regular.

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22. Michigan
> Bar name: Old Tavern Inn
> City: Niles
> Original bar founded: 1835

Located in the village of Sumnerville, the Old Tavern Inn originally served those along the stagecoach route between Chicago and Detroit. It opened two years before Michigan became a state. The Old Tavern Inn has been recognized as the “oldest business in Michigan” by the State Historical Society and the State Chamber of Commerce.

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23. Minnesota
> Bar name: Neumann’s Bar & Grill
> City: North St. Paul
> Original bar founded: 1887

Neumann’s Bar & Grill predates the city it’s located in. When it was established by Bill Neumann to serve the beer made next door by Hamm’s Brewery, the settlement was called Castle (it changed to North Saint Paul later in 1887). A small pond that is home to frogs was built into the front window vestibule around 1930 and remains to this day.

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24. Mississippi
> Bar name: Under-the-Hill Saloon
> City: Natchez
> Original bar founded: 1800s

Until it closed, King’s Tavern in Natchez, on the site of a bar originally opened in 1789, was considered to be the state’s oldest bar. Today, though historical records are vague, this other Natchez institution might hold that honor. Named for the section of town it’s in, it is at least 200 years old. Mark Twain is said to have roomed upstairs.

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25. Missouri
> Bar name: J. Huston Tavern
> City: Arrow Rock
> Original bar founded: 1834

The J. Huston Tavern is located at Arrow Rock State Historic Site. The two-story red brick establishment, in Federal-style architecture, was built by Joseph Huston, Sr., an early Arrow Rock settler. The tavern is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.