NYC Historic Bars Overview

Stone Street Tavern - Tavern | Historic Bar | Restaurant in NYC

The United States doesn’t boast the same insanely long history as Europe, but that doesn’t mean its major cities aren’t home to a few watering holes that have stood the test of time, and that certainly applies to New York historic bars.

The good people of the Big Apple have been boozing it up since before this place was called New Amsterdam, and while the historic bars in NYC haven’t been around quite that long, there are still several long-standing institutions worth checking out.

Some, of course, haven’t weathered the ravages of modern development, such as Bill’s Gay Nineties, which first opened in 1924 during the heart of Prohibition and finally shuttered its doors after losing its lease in 2012. But others hold fast, and it would be hard to find an historic bar in New York that has welcomed as many illustrious guests as McSorley’s Old Ale House in the East Village. Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt are just two of the famous guests to drop in here during McSorley’s 150+ years of existence, and nowadays the bar is home to a loyal blue-collar crowd joined by a good showing of down-to-earth preppies and Irish natives who gather at the weathered wooden tables to knock back some famous ale served two ways – light or dark, two mugs per order.

That’s one of the benefits of being around so long, you see – the oldest bars in New York have got nothing to prove.

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