10) Old Ebbitt Grill, Washington D.C. – 1856
The youngest bar on the list and yet it has still welcomed guests such as Teddy Roosevelt, Andrew Johnson and Ulysses S. Grant. The bar has been uprooted a few times throughout its history and is no longer in it’s original building, however, the bar still remains as popular as ever, it happens to be one of the most visited in the whole of the USA.
Every year in November, the weekend before Thanksgiving, the Old Ebbitt Grill holds an Oyster eating event known as ‘Oyster Riot’. The event has been running for almost 20 years now and has become very popular among the locals. The bar also featured in the Clint Eastwood movie ‘In The Line Of Fire’, an exterior scene is shown before switching to Clint Eastwood and John Mahoney sitting in a bar.
9) McSorley’s Old Ale House, NYC – 1854
McSorley’s was the first Irish style pub to open in New York, while it claims to have opened in 1854, historical research shows that the spot was vacant between 1860 to 1861 and so their has been a lot of debate between different parties about the actual age of this pub. Women were banned from the pub until as late as 1970, when National Organization for Women filed a discrimination case against them and won.
Many notable people have visited McSorley’s, including Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Teddy Roosevelt and many others. After New York Rangers won the Stanley Cup in 1994 they took the cup to McSorley’s and drank out of it, the result being a dent which took the NHL several days to repair. The pub has also been featured in a handful of movies including The Hard Way, Rounders and Once Upon A Time In America.
8) Napoleon House, New Orleans – 1797
The building was first owned by New Orleans mayor Nicolas Girod who offered it to Napoleon during his time in exile. Of course Napoleon never showed up, however the name stuck and so the pub has gone by the name Napoleon House ever since.
7) Bell In Hand, Boston – 1795
The Bell In Hand was founded by Jimmy Wilson, the town crier, which is how it got its name. To begin with the pub only sold ale as Jimmy wasn’t a fan of spirits, however, from 1919 the bar began selling spirits as well.
6) The Griswold Inn, Connecticut – 1776
The Griswold Inn is the only pub to have opened in 1776 that is still around today, sharing it’s birth year with the country itself. However, during the USA’s defeat to the British in 1812, British troops used the inn as a base for operations and so hasn’t been continuously running.
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5) Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, New Orleans – 1775
Located on the corner of Bourbon Street and St. Philip Street, Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop is one of the oldest buildings in New Orleans and thought to be the oldest continually occupied bar in the USA. According to legend the pirate Jean Lafitte once owned the building…oh, and it’s supposedly haunted.
4) City Tavern, Philadelphia – 1773
Th City Tavern was originally built in 1773 and a favourite meeting place for many of the USA’s Founding Fathers. The Tavern was destroyed by fire in 1834 and finally demolished in 1854. The entire building was then reconstructed in the 1970’s, reopening in 1976 for the 200 year anniversary of the United States.
3) Fraunces Tavern, NYC – 1719
Fraunces Tavern is a historic landmark located in New York City, the venue served as the headquarters for George Washington and the place peace negotiations took place with the British. The owners claim that it is Manhattan’s oldest surviving building and is now part of the American Whiskey Trail.
2) Broad Axe tavern, Pennsylvania – 1681
One of the very few taverns to survive the Revolutionary War, George Washington was have said to have marched his troops by it on six occasions.
1) White Horse Tavern, Newport – 1673
The building was originally constructed in 1652 but did’t become a tavern until 1673 when the building was extended under the ownership of a pirate named William Mayes. During the Revolutionary War, British troops were quartered in the building.