Sure, there’s an appeal to a new swanky restaurant, bar, or club opening.
It’s fun to be a part of something new and exciting, but there’s no way to tell if this new hot spot is a flash in the pan or an icon in the making.
There’s just nothing like the cozy feeling you get from dining or drinking in a historic establishment.
Anyone can set up shop and serve a beer, cocktail or glass of wine, but these six bars on the East Coast and across the pond give off a venerated atmosphere with their long-standing ties and the generations-old stories that live within the walls.
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McSorley's Old Ale House
Starting off in New York’s East Village, McSorley’s Old Ale House has been serving libations since 1854 and proudly wears its history with sawdust strewn floors, old photos, and historical documents on display. This pub’s stories range from John Lennon ordering cold ones, Woody Guthrie inspiring the union movement, and Teddy Roosevelt dropping in for a pint. Even Honest Abraham Lincoln stepped in to wet his whistle whilst on his way to becoming one of the most influential American presidents. Turns out these great minds did so for good reason; McSorley’s has been one of the most popular beer bars in NYC for over 150 years.
The Union Oyster House
Moving northeast, you’ll find two senior Boston bars that are only getting better with age. Standing since 1826, The Union Oyster House is the oldest continually operating restaurant in the United States. The Kennedy family patronized the Oyster House for years and to this day people come from all over to pose at the monument to JFK’s favorite booth. Homage is also paid to one of the original purposes of the building with clippings from American’s first newspaper—the Massachusetts Spy, published in the 1770s—prominently displayed throughout the bar.
Bell in Hand Tavern
Nearby sits the Bell in Hand Tavern—named after Boston’s last town crier, Jimmy Walker—which
claims to be America’s oldest tavern with beginnings dating back to 1795. Walker served as the town
crier for 50 years and delivered news of everything from the Boston Tea Party to the birth of the nation
before hanging up his bell in favor of the bar. The tavern eventually became famous for something other
than its owner when word got out about its two glass beer pours—one glass for the ale and one for the
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