THECOOLIST

10 of the Oldest Bars in America

By SEAMUS PAYNE

Sep 26, 2021

Virtual Historic Pub Crawl

Every once in a while, you want a night out with a bit of gravity to it.

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1673

White Horse TavernThis nearly 350-year-old bar caters to fine diners and discerning drinkers who visit to honor its history, tradition and culinary expertise

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1775

Jean Lafitte’s Blacksmith ShopIn the late 1700s, this little tavern was the base of operations for Jean Lafitte, a pirate, spy and celebrated hero of the Battle of New Orleans.

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 1795

Bell in Hand Tavern – BostonWilson’s bar has stood on Union Street in Boston’s North End, welcoming every walk of Bostonian who wishes to raise a glass to their health.

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1864

Pete’s Tavern NYCSince 1864, Pete’s has served up food and drink to Manhattan’s busy populace without pause, having maintained its old-world integrity since its original opening.

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1856

Old Ebbitt Grill – Washington D.C.Located just steps away from the White House, the Old Ebbitt Grill provides a chance for out-of-town guests to rub elbows with political insiders

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1724

Jessop’s Tavern – DelawareThis tavern and colonial restaurant features Dutch, English, Swedish and Old American cuisine to guests with a taste for a bit of American History.

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1797

Napoleon House – New OrleansIn the early 1800s, the Mayor of New Orleans offered his own house as a refuge to Napoleon Bonaparte during his exile late in life. Napoleon never arrived ...

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1773

City Tavern – PhiladelphiaThe City Tavern of Philadelphia hosted revolutionaries like Paul Revere and John Adams, the latter of which called the City Tavern “the most genteel tavern in America“.

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1854

Sorley’s Old Ale House – NYCAnyone of age can enjoy a strong drink at McSorley’s, exploring the historic memorabilia which has remained on its walls for more than a century.