By Seamus Payne

10 of the Oldest Bars in America

Looking to enjoy a drink with some friends over a bit of history? Come with us as we take a virtual pub crawl through ten of the oldest bars in America.

Fraunces Tavern NYC – Founded 1762

Throughout the American Revolution, this bar at Broad and Pearl in Manhattan served as a meeting place for the Sons of Liberty.


White Horse Tavern – Rhode Island – Founded 1673

The oldest bar in the United States has nearly a century on the Fraunces Tavern in New York.


Jean Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop – New Orleans – Founded 1775

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


Bell in Hand Tavern – Boston – Founded 1795

The Bell in Hand Tavern was founded in 1795 by Jimmy Wilson, an 18th century town crier who quite literally heralded in the birth of a nation.


Pete’s Tavern NYC – Founded 1864

Since 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. 


Old Ebbitt Grill – Washington D.C. – Founded 1856

The oldest bar in Washington D.C. is still serving the political elite today, a continuance of early guests like Presidents Grant, Cleveland, Harding and Theodore Roosevelt.


Jessop’s Tavern – Delaware – Founded 1724

This tavern and colonial restaurant features Dutch, English, Swedish and Old American cuisine to guests with a taste for a bit of American History, served like it was so long ago.