Want to visit an Old West Bar? Old West saloons are a part of American history. In any new settlement the saloon was where you relaxed and saw friends. It was a release after working hard all day.
Old West bar customers were primarily men. Pioneer women didn't usually feel welcome, or even at ease if they were well brought up!
Today women can certainly go into any stylized Old West bar of their choice! And I'm quite glad! In particular, we often go into the Crystal Palace on Allen & Fifth Streets in Tombstone. That's a bar with some authentic history from the Old West!
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Throughout America you can find Historic Bars. Buildings have been renovated over the years. Some have changed a little, some have changed a lot. Famous old-time lawmen, some outlaws and lots of rowdy cowboys had a drink or two (probably more!) at these places. And you can visit them today!!
In other bars you reminisce about the Old West. They have that Wild West style. You look around and feel like you're in an Old West saloon! You feel like you may have gone back in time!!
Let's see where they're all located...
Bisbee Arizona is in Southeast Arizona, about a half hour drive Southeast of Tombstone AZ. It was a copper mining town. Its growth and history more or less paralleled Tombstone's. People often visited and moved back and forth between the two towns.
Bars were concentrated in an area called Brewery Gulch. Some old time saloons still remain there today. Brewery Gulch (aka Brewery Ave.) is the name of the street. It's at the Eastern end of "Old Town" - going North off Main St.
The Cowpony - I'm not sure what kind of hybrid animal that might be. But this "dive bar" is a fun place. Located on Tanque Verde Rd., just down from some of the other Old West Bar favorites - this one features regular entertainment for such a small venue.
Tongue in cheek, they advertise themselves as "world famous" and "internationally known" - and they claim a great dance floor! We were there, and didn't quite find it, though... ;-)
They get close to 5 stars on Trip-Advisor & Google, down to 3 on Yelp. I think if you realize what you're getting there - a dive - well, you can certainly appreciate it for what it is!
The White Elephant Saloon is in reminiscence of the historic saloon from 1884. Wyatt Earp, Luke Short & Bat Masterson had all gambled in the original back in the day! Fire took it down about a decade after its grand opening.
It's in a new Fort Worth location now - the time-honored Fort Worth stockyards area. It's an up to date remake of the first White Elephant - but with that Old West saloon aura. Get even more bar details: Read More >
Buckhorn Saloon in San Antonio, is just down the street from the original 1881 saloon. The back-bar and other mementos are still there. Worth a visit - 318 E. Houston Street.
St. James Hotel & Saloon, in Cimarron, New Mexico, was a regular stop on the Santa Fe Trail. The Earp brothers, Jesse James and Annie Oakley all slept there - not together!
It's origin is from 1872, and is on the National Register. It's located in the Cimarron Historic District. This Old West bar still shows bullet holes from gun fights back in the 1880s.
Renovations began in 2009. The lobby and rooms were restored & refreshed. The bar and restaurant were updated and expanded - but the old West saloon charm and history were maintained.
The Buckhorn Saloon - Drive North out of Silver City to little, rural Pinos Altos. Just a short drive. Turn left to get to 32 Main Street. Its 1865 origin is found in the adobe walls. The vintage bar & bar back are still there. Although there's been updating & expansions - it has all the feel of an Old West Saloon. Even an Opera House is attached!
The Silver Dollar Saloon first opened in 1879 as The Board of the Trade, in Leadville. Go to 315 Harrison Avenue. With its old West bar and lots of history in and out, it's worth a try. Doc Holliday was a regular here for a while!
A little odd is that the owner is Irish and has included that heritage along with the old West saloon environment. The way he's done it, I cannot say I love! Now I'm Irish as well - but, you'll just have to see for yourself. Probably at least worth 1 visit.
The Buckhorn Exchange is at 1000 Osage Street on the corner of 10th. Very historic, this Saloon has been on the same spot since its opening on November 17, 1893. Look at the walls for a vast history lesson! The original 1857 back-bar from the old West era is upstairs in the Victorian Lounge.
The Occidental Hotel & Saloon - 10 N. Main St. in Buffalo. A great old 1880 era Old West Saloon. Authentic bullet holes survive from old time gun battles! Calamity Jane and Buffalo Bill Cody had occasion to stop in. The place was renovated in 1908, and still retains that old West authenticity. It's a must-see bar!
Liberty Club - In the old days, sometimes called the Ely Mercantile. It used to be bigger. The back half of the building burned out sometime between 1908 and the 1920’s. That part wasn't rebuilt. If you look hard, they say, you might see pieces of scorched wood still there in the back walls.
Upstairs used to hold a brothel. Then it closed, and instead the rooms were offered to drinking guys down on their luck with no place to stay. A barber shop used to be where the booths are now located - it used to be closed off from the bar.1
Bank Club - Downtown on 28 Main. First built in the 1860s. It was the Wells Fargo Freight Office/Stage Stop, and the Pioche Bank. In 1901 it became a saloon: The Alamo Club Bar, but it had the nickname - The Bucket of Blood Saloon.
Legends say Doc Holliday and Butch Cassidy came by for a drink. But Doc died in 1887, so that's not true! Cassidy was in Nevada in 1900, and still out West during 1901 - so that legend may be barely possible, but really doubtful. He fled the U.S. early in 1901 - escaping to Argentina. He was still on the run, and ended up in Bolivia, where he died in 1908.
The bar used to also be a brothel until 1950, when Lincoln County outlawed them. Ownership changed hands in 2004, and the name changed to the Bank Club from the Alamo. The change disappointed a lot of locals, who still today refer to it as "The Alamo Club." The bank vault can still be seen inside.
The Nevada Club - 59 Main. The current building dates back to the early 1900s. But the site is the original mining Assay Office, which burnt down.
The Overland Hotel & Saloon - 62 Main Street. The area was surrounded by miner's houses in the late 1800s. In the early 1900s the Nevada Club property was first owned by a Chinese family. The Overland was first built as a boarding house with a bar. The whole town of Pioche had a terrible fire in 1947, and the Overland burned down. By the next year it was rebuilt, looking as it does today. Many restorations and remodels have taken place since then. It has a wonderful, huge dance hall.
Buckhorn Saloon is a great spot near the South entrance to Yosemite. At North Fork, Sierra Nevada Foothills, 32992 Road 222. This watering hole opened up in the late 1800s. It's been remodeled and updated, but still has old West character. Phone (559) 877-8700
1 Estrada, G. (2015, November 6). Century old Liberty Club bar holds forgotten history. The Ely Times. Retrieved from www.elynews.com/2015/11/06/century-old-liberty-club-bar-holds-forgotten-history/