Special Report

The Oldest Bar in Every State

Source: Courtesy of abingdontavern.com

46. Virginia
> Bar name: The Tavern
> City: Abingdon
> Original bar founded: 1779

Founded in 1779, The Tavern has had various functions over the years. It served as a hospital for Confederate and Union soldiers during the Civil War. It also housed a post office, and still features the original mail slot. As an inn, guests included Andrew Jackson, King Louis Philippe of France, and Pierre Charles L’Enfant, designer of Washington D.C.

Source: The Brick Saloon / Facebook

47. Washington
> Bar name: The Brick Saloon
> City: Roslyn
> Original bar founded: 1889

Nine years after opening, the tavern was rebuilt with 45,000 bricks and was renamed after the building material. The TV series “Northern Exposure” was filmed in Roslyn, and many scenes were filmed at The Brick as well. The bar features a 23-foot long running water spittoon.

Source: Melissa B. via Yelp

48. West Virginia
> Bar name: North End Tavern & Brewery
> City: Parkersburg
> Original bar founded: 1899

The North End Tavern & Brewery opened in 1899 and has been continuously operating since the 19th century. The onsite microbrewery has been brewing since 1997, and the establishment grows its own hops on premises.North End is also known for its burgers, German-American fare, and craft brews.

Source: Courtesy of John D. via Yelp

49. Wisconsin
> Bar name: The Uptowner
> City: Milwaukee
> Original bar founded: 1884

The Uptowner was originally founded in 1884 as the Barnet Kozlowski Saloon. In 1891, it contracted with the local Schlitz Brewing Company to operate as a “Tied House,” selling only Schlitz beer. It was renamed The Uptowner in 1952 and also nicknamed the “Home of the Beautiful People.”

Source: Miner’s and Stockmen’s Steakhouse / Facebook

50. Wyoming
> Bar name: Miner’s and Stockmen’s Steakhouse
> City: Hartville
> Original bar founded: 1862

Miner’s and Stockmen’s Steakhouse is the oldest bar in Wyoming, and Hartville is the oldest incorporated town in the state. Hartville’s days as a mining boom town are long gone though — today the town has a population of only a few dozen. However, Miner’s boasts that people travel from the neighboring states of Colorado and Nebraska to enjoy its steaks. It also boasts a menu with 35 different whiskeys.

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