Historic Bars

 

PreservationNation continues its historic bars series with America’s takes on the beer-brewing bodegas that originally sprouted in the Fatherland. Today's stop: New York City.

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The oldest beer garden in New York City, Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden has been open for more than a century.

Infused with traditional Czech and Slovak culture, a wide array of international beers, and live local music, Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden -- the oldest of its kind in New York City -- is a quintessential summer hangout.... Read More →

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Cassie Keener

Cassie Keener

Cassie Keener is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. She enjoys writing, spending time outdoors, and is a movie and music enthusiast.

 

PreservationNation continues its historic bars series with America’s takes on the beer-brewing bodegas that originally sprouted in the Fatherland. Today's stop: Detroit.

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The Dakota Inn Rathskeller was founded by German immigrant Karl Kurz in 1933.

When is the absolute best time to pay a visit to the Dakota Inn Rathskeller in Detroit? That’s a tough one.

It could quite possibly be on Friday and Saturday nights, when the rafters shake with the sounds of diners belting traditional German tunes, backed by a live band or piano; or maybe it’s during the restaurant’s annual spring Maifest celebration, when Weissbier flows freely amid impromptu conga lines. It could even be in the summer, when the Inn hosts a chili cook-off in the backyard biergarten.... 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] Scholz Garten in Austin, Texas

Posted on: July 9th, 2014 by David Robert Weible No Comments

 

Over the next few weeks, PreservationNation will continue its historic bars series with America’s takes on the shady, beer-brewing bodegas that originally sprouted in the Fatherland. Our first spot is not only one of the country’s oldest beer gardens, it’s also the longest continuously operating business in its hometown. Below is a rundown of the Scholz Garten.

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The Scholz Garten has been an Austin institution since the day the original bar opened its doors in 1866.

Pop quiz: What do all of the following things have in common?

Bunsen burners, crop rotation, kindergarten, tubas, sausage, Christmas trees, the Easter Bunny, Levi’s (and blue jeans in general), and beer gardens (or biergartens).... Read More →

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David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. He came to DC from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

 

To close out this round of historic bars, we're traveling to Massachusetts for seaside hospitality. Biergartens are coming up in July, so get your order ready!

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The traditional weathered cedar-shingle exterior belies the informal interior.

On an island known for its reserved and decorous New England ways, The Chicken Box is an unpretentious change of pace.

The Chicken Box was the idea of Willie House and his wife, an African-American couple originally from Kentucky, who came to Nantucket in 1948 as domestic servants for one of the many wealthy families that summered on the island. An ambitious man, Willie found a modest shack on a sparsely populated area of the island and opened the original Chicken Box. It was a place where their fellow chauffeurs, maids, and cooks could congregate and relax on their days off, catch up with friends, and enjoy some famous fried chicken -- the meal that gave the place its name.
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Beth Lennon

Beth Lennon is the creator of the website RetroRoadmap.com. As "Mod Betty," she delights as the retro travel "hostess with the mostess," scouting out cool vintage places and sharing them with the world.

 

Continuing our historic bars series, we take a look at the Slippery Noodle Inn, a well-known yet still genuine local bar in Indianapolis.

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The ceiling of the front bar is made of pressed tin and was installed around 1890. The "tiger oak" bar and the bar in the back are more than 100 years old as well.

"When a tourist comes to Indianapolis and asks where to grab a drink, they'll probably be told to go to the Slippery Noodle," says Sara Etherington, office manager of the historic Indiana watering hole.

With live music seven nights a week, a loyal constituent of thirsty locals, and the distinction of being the longest continuously operating bar in Indiana, "the Noodle" boasts a unique mix of having a well-known status and a consistent down-to-earth reputation.

"People like something local and unique," says Etherington. "It's one-of-a-kind."

Certainly the Noodle's famous breaded pork tenderloin, its half-priced Thursdays (a favorite among the locals, according to Etherington), and the every-night live music bring in the patrons, but the bar's appeal is rooted in something deeper than a savvy business model and a charming atmosphere: its history.... Read More →

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Steven Piccione

Steven Piccione

Steven Piccione is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. He enjoys carbonated water, all things British, and living in a city warmer than Chicago. Follow him on Instagram at @stebbsjp.