This article was originally written as a presentation for the 2019 Nightclub and Bar Show in Las Vegas - and it got a pretty good response so we decided to post it here too. We made this piece for people who own bars and want to know how to make their bars more successful. We hope some of the ideas and strategies here bring you lots of success!
Eight years ago we decided that what this world needs is a travel guide to the oldest bars in this country, and so since then we’ve been on the road quite a bit trying to find those historic bars still left in the US. Sadly, there aren’t many left – all the old, neighborhood bars seem to be closing at a pretty fast clip, but we’ve been lucky enough to find some real classics that are still serving throughout the US. It hasn’t all been easy (at least that’s what we told our wives), but it’s certainly been worth it. As a result we wrote our book, Bucket List Bars: Historic Saloons, Pubs, and Dives of America.
The upshot is that we’ve been able to document over 170 of the oldest bars in America in 25 major cities. These are places that arguably built this country, and we think that they should be recognized for the treasures that they are.
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