If you’re the type of person who hunts for authenticity in everything you do, then you probably spend a fair amount of time looking for the first and original. Why settle for any less in your bar choices? We dug through records, spoke with local historians and fact-checked promotional material to bring you the ultimate original bar list: The oldest bar in every state.
In some states, the title was claimed by multiple locations. Part of that is due to different definitions of “oldest,” like the question of whether it should be the oldest continuously running spot, or the bar in the oldest building. Other discrepancies came down to shoddy records, or the fact that the bar was rebuilt from the ground up, or picked up and moved to a different location.
We sorted out the facts and can present you with the oldest bar in each of the 50 states.