Historic Bars

[Historic Bars] Baltimore’s The Horse You Came In On Saloon

Posted on: September 3rd, 2015 by Katherine Flynn 2 Comments

 

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The Horse You Came In On is Maryland’s only bar to operate before, during, and after Prohibition.

The Horse You Came In On Saloon, located in Baltimore’s Fell's Point Historic District, is the only bar in America that can boast the dual attractions of live music every night of the week and the ghost of Edgar Allan Poe.... 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.

[Historic Bars] Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge in Milwaukee

Posted on: August 27th, 2015 by Lauren Walser 1 Comment

 

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Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge is located in Milwaukee’s Historic Mitchell Street Neighborhood.

Bryant Sharp had an idea. And it was a very good one.

Two years after he opened his beer hall in 1936, he decided to turn it into a cocktail lounge. Out went the jukebox and in came the record player. The wooden floors were carpeted, and wallpaper was hung. The windows were blocked, and the lights were dimmed.

Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge was dark. It was swanky. It was the first cocktail lounge in Milwaukee.... 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] McCrady’s Restaurant in Charleston

Posted on: August 20th, 2015 by David Weible No Comments

 

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McCrady's bar room -- formerly home to horses and stage coaches -- is covered by a skylight along its full length.

There’s something so undeniably charming about Charleston it almost makes your heart hurt. The key lime pie and the soft, salty kiss off the sea air are definitely part of it, but it’s the architecture and the attitude that make any trip to Charleston a travel through not just space, but time.

McCrady’s is the kind of place that makes this happen.... Read More →

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David Weible

David Weible

David 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.

[Historic Bars] The 1747 Pub in Annapolis, Maryland

Posted on: August 6th, 2015 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

 

By Kirsten Hower

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Originally a hat shop and an ordinary, Reynolds Tavern is now a quaint tea room and working tavern.

When someone offers to buy you a drink in a nearby basement, you typically worry. Especially if the basement belongs to a hatter, mad or otherwise.

The 1747 Pub is the exception to the rule.... Read More →

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded non-profit organization, works to save America's historic places.

 

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Our Historic Bars series is in a fresh round of old and historic watering holes around the country, but we here at PreservationNation found ourselves getting a bit nostalgic for the favorite bars of yesteryear. Indulge us for a moment, and come along for a stroll (or stagger) down Memory Lane as we revisit the five most popular bar features from the past year.... Read More →

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Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi

Julia Rocchi is the director of digital content at the National Trust. By day she wrangles content; by night (and weekends), she shops local, travels to story-rich places, and walks around looking up at buildings.

 

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During Prohibition, a grocery store on the upper level was a front for a basement-level speakeasy, called Menotti’s Buffet. Today, you can order cocktails upstairs at Townhouse or in the basement at Del Monte Speakeasy.

As you might imagine, it wasn’t easy to get into Menotti’s Buffet during Prohibition -- and I mean that in many senses of the word. First, you had to know that the speakeasy even existed there in the basement of a Venice, California, grocery store. Plus, you also had to know the bartender. And then there was the part about actually getting down to where the alcohol was served. That required going through a trapdoor and into a tiny two-person, rope-operated dumbwaiter.

But in its 100 years, this bar -- the oldest bar in Venice, and one of the oldest in the greater Los Angeles area -- has always kept the party going.... 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.