Special Report

The Oldest Bar in Every State

Source: Bale of Hay Saloon / Facebook

26. Montana
> Bar name: Bale of Hay Saloon
> City: Virginia City
> Original bar founded: 1863

The Bale of Hay Saloon, which was once a brothel for Virginia City’s mining community, now hosts an annual Brothel Days festival. With a population of only 200, Virginia City is dependent on seasonal tourism, so the saloon is only open from May until September. It features old furniture and fixtures, including a giant hand-carved mahogany bar.

27. Nebraska
> Bar name: Glur’s Tavern
> City: Columbus
> Original bar founded: 1876

It was originally called Bucher’s Saloon after owners William and Joseph Bucher, immigrants from Switzerland. Louis Glur began working at Bucher’s as a 17-year-old bartender, and in 1914, at age 28, he bought the place and renamed it Glur’s Tavern. The tavern was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

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28. Nevada
> Bar name: Genoa Bar
> City: Genoa
> Original bar founded: 1853

Originally known as Livingston’s Exchange and then Fettic’s Exchange, the bar still features many of the original elements, including the diamond-dust mirror behind the bar, which came from Glasgow, Scotland in the 1840s. Among those who have had a drink here are Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Teddy Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and Raquel Welch, who left behind a black leopard-print bra that still hangs from the rafters.

Source: The Hancock Inn and Fox Tavern / Facebook

29. New Hampshire
> Bar name: The Hancock Inn
> City: Hancock
> Original bar founded: 1789

Established by Noah Wheeler, there is no record of the inn and tavern’s original name. It was known as the Fox Tavern after Wheeler’s son-in-law, Jedediah Fox, took over. It has also been called the Hancock Hotel, Jefferson Tavern, and the Hancock House. In the early 1800s, future President Franklin Pierce was a frequent guest.

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30. New Jersey
> Bar name: The Barnsboro Inn
> City: Sewell
> Original bar founded: 1776

Originally built as a log cabin in 1720, Gloucester’s County Court issued a license in March 1776 allowing John Barnes to make his residence a tavern. Over the years it’s also been known as Spread Eagle and the Crooked Billet Inn. The Barnsboro Inn was added to the National Register of Historic Places listings 1973.

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