Historic Bars

 

What's more fun than a historic bar? A historic bar with a theme! And that's exactly what we're featuring in our next installment of historic bars -- establishments with kitschy, unusual, and unique calling cards. Next up: Silver Bar Cocktail Lounge in San Luis Obispo.

The Madonna Inn opened in 1958 and features 110 rooms, each with a different theme.
The Madonna Inn opened in 1958 and features 110 rooms, each with a different theme.

If you want to see the world through rose-colored glasses, just grab a drink at the Silver Bar Cocktail Lounge.

Walk across the pink floral carpet and grab a seat on a tufted pink bar stool. Or collapse into a plush pink armchair. Order yourself a signature Pink Cloud cocktail.

With its perfect blend of kitsch and elegance, Silver Bar offers some of the best seats in the house at the whimsical -- and yes, pink -- Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, California.... Read More →

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Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.

[Historic Bars] Alibi Bar & Lounge in Boston

Posted on: January 8th, 2015 by Geoff Montes 2 Comments

 

What's more fun than a historic bar? A historic bar with a theme! And that's exactly what we're featuring in our next installment of historic bars -- establishments with kitschy, unusual, and unique calling cards. First up: The Alibi Bar & Lounge in Boston.

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The Alibi Bar & Lounge in Boston opened in 2007 inside the Liberty Hotel -- formerly Charles Street Jail.

When Boston’s infamous Charles Street Jail was built in 1851, it served as an international model of prison architecture. Today, the former correctional facility is home to the cheekily-named Liberty Hotel, which opened in 2007. The hotel’s Alibi Bar & Lounge is located in the jail’s former “drunk tank” and has become a popular late-night spot for Bostonians to mingle and sip custom cocktails with prison-inspired names, like “Doin’ Thyme” and “Jail Bait.”... Read More →

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Geoff Montes

Geoff Montes

Geoff Montes is the Editorial Assistant for Preservation magazine. He enjoys Art Deco architecture, any activity that can be done at the beach, and cotton candy.

[Historic Bars] San Diego’s Bali Hai

Posted on: December 23rd, 2014 by David Robert Weible

 

Aloha, historic bar lovers! It's time to escape chilly winter temps and enjoy warmer climes inside historic tiki bars, those Polynesian-inspired spots known for their island flair and exotic cocktails. Last up: Bali Hai in San Diego.

San Diego’s Bali Hai celebrated 60 years this past October. It is located on San Diego’s Shelter Island.
San Diego’s Bali Hai celebrated 60 years this past October. It is located on San Diego’s Shelter Island.

With a location on the tip of Shelter Island and sweeping views of San Diego’s downtown, the Bali Hai would give any tiki bar a run for its money as far as location goes.

It’s been here since 1952, when it opened as Christian’s Hut. The name was repurposed from the staff watering hole below Clark Gable’s apartment during the filming of Mutiny on the Bounty.

The name didn’t stick, but many of the movie set artifacts did, including “the Goof” -- a tiki that’s still perched atop the restaurant’s roof.... Read More →

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David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible is a content specialist for the National Trust, previously with Preservation magazine. He came to D.C. from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

 

Aloha, historic bar lovers! It's time to escape chilly winter temps and enjoy warmer climes inside historic tiki bars, those Polynesian-inspired spots known for their island flair and exotic cocktails. Next up: La Mariana Sailing Club in Honolulu.

Notoriously tricky to find, La Mariana Sailing Club is located in an industrial part of Sand Island, along the shores of Keehi Lagoon.
Notoriously tricky to find, La Mariana Sailing Club is located in an industrial part of Sand Island, along the shores of Keehi Lagoon.

A Mai Tai should never be consumed in a hurry. That’s a general rule of thumb. But nowhere is that more true than when you’re at La Mariana Tiki Bar and Restaurant in Honolulu.

It’s near impossible to be in a hurry at this 57-year-old watering hole, tucked away in an industrial part of Sand Island, along the shores of Keehi Lagoon. It’s the kind of place where time seems to warp. You’re already operating on island time, and as soon as you walk in the door, you’ll wonder if you walked through a time machine, too.... Read More →

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Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.

[Historic Bars] The Tonga Room in San Francisco

Posted on: December 11th, 2014 by Katherine Flynn

 

Aloha, historic bar lovers! It's time to escape chilly winter temps and enjoy warmer climes inside historic tiki bars, those Polynesian-inspired spots known for their island flair and exotic cocktails. Next up: the Tonga Room in San Francisco.

A floating barge in the middle of the Tonga Room’s “lagoon” frequently features live performers.
A floating barge in the middle of the Tonga Room’s “lagoon” frequently features live performers.

San Franciscans adore the Tonga Room. Situated in the basement of the swanky and storied Fairmont Hotel, the renowned restaurant and tiki bar is, for some of the city’s residents, woven just as deeply into the urban fabric as cable cars and the Coit Tower.

So when Mai Tai fans in the Bay Area first got wind of the possibility of their favorite historic watering hole becoming a casualty of redevelopment at the Fairmont in 2009, they did what any bar preservationists in their right mind would do -- they went to happy hour.... Read More →

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Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores and uncovering the stories behind historic places. Follow her on Twitter at @kateallthetime.