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!
Crystal Palace Walls Have History!
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Try an Old West Bar in Tombstone AZ
Traveling Entertainer at the Crystal
Crystal Palace Saloon - The Golden Eagle Brewery opened in July 1880. on Allen & Fifth Streets. After the May 1882 fire it was rebuilt as the Crystal Palace Saloon. As mentioned before, you can go to this Old West Bar today! [Read More Here>]
Johnny Ringo's Saloon - There's a ton of Old West bar memorabilia in this outside of town, locals hang-out. But there's plenty of room for visitors! It was downtown (or uptown as locals say), in the past. Moved to the NE corner of Allen & Tenth some years ago. Welcoming owners, Steve & Addie, have a large bar, TVs, jukebox, lots of tables, provide you with snacks here & there. Have absolutely the best pizza in town! Super fabulous bartenders too! Also they make the best pizza in town!! Steak house attached to order in dinner if you prefer. Sunday evening karaoke attracts lots of singers! This is our neighborhood bar. We stop in about once a week. Say hi if you see us! Come on in for happy hour...
Walls Full of Memorabilia & Mementos
Ana is Happy to Get You Refreshments!
Addie made us Ringo's Pizza - Yummy!
Singing Bartender at Doc's
Doc Holliday's Saloon - A relatively new bar in town. Pretty popular, as it stays open later than any other. Something is going on just about every night! Tues. is Texas Hold-Em, Wed. through Sun. is their very popular Kareoke. The site certainly has been here since the 1800s - there's an original wall inside. It has the feel of an Old West honky-tonk! Drink prices reasonable, snacks available. They serve some food basics, like pizza & hot dogs. Look for their amusing quotes as you pass the entrance. On the South side of Allen St., between Fifth & Sixth.
Check Out Kate's Tequila Bar!
Big Nose Kate's - A popular tourist attraction. This Old West Bar is located where the Grand Hotel was, before it burnt down in the terrible 1882 Tombstone fire. If you look at the archways on the storefronts along Allen St. adjacent to Big Nose Kate's today - they were originally part of the Grand Hotel Building. The downstairs gift shop has a historic aura, since it was a basement bar in the 1800s. There's plenty to see inside, just looking around! Today as Kate's - it's a bar/restaurant, family suitable. They serve food, have daily entertainment, have a lot to look at. Take a selfie: in provided Old West duds! Or getting hung in the hangman's noose! Or inside the coffin - just like was taken of the McLaury's! On the South side of Allen Street, between Fourth & Fifth.
At the Bar in the Four Deuces
Four Deuces Saloon - Has the old West bar feel, but it was originally a house moved there from Fremont Street. Reported to be the one where "Addie" Borland lived when she witnessed the O.K. Corral Gunfight. The area (you'll see the proclamation on the bench out front) was the original "Chinatown" - called Hop Town. Have cash on hand - they don't take plastic. A lot of locals regularly frequent the 4 Deuces. The bar itself is small, about 8 bar stools and about 6 tables. There's a large patio area though, with much more seating outside. Usually there's entertainment on Saturdays. No plastic taken - so cash is essential. There's a bar-top ATM machine - sometimes touchy to operate. Normally they don't serve food - only for special events. Prices are quite reasonable. It's a very friendly establishment. You usually strike up a conversation here. Caution: don't touch the bell! Ring it & you're buying drinks for the bar! We've been treated by visitors a time or 2. Thank you!! On Third St., at the SW corner of Allen.
Enter Left - toward Old Town Tombstone for Cerveza's Cantina
Cerveza's Cantina - An outdoor, but out-of-the-weather little Old West bar on the way into Old Tombstone Wild West Theme Park. Sitting there on a bar-stool, you'll feel like you're in the Wild West! If you grab a refreshment here, you can bring it into the Park with you! Tap & bottle beers, wine & margaritas. Plus soft drinks for the kids - including Tombstone Sarspirilla. Off Toughnut St., at the South end of Fourth St.
Crazy Annie's Saloon - Right next to Crazy Annie's Bordello! Really - it's a Bed & Breakfast!! This saloon is on the NW corner of Allen & Tenth Street. It's a popular locals spot, with old West bar charm. Beer & wine liquor license.
Tombstone Brewing Company
Tombstone Brewing Company - On the South side of Toughnut St., between Second & Third. The newest place in town, the building was already there, uninhabited. They reinvented it with an Old West Bar feel. They make craft beers & ales on site. Inside seating & an outdoor patio.
Silver Strike Tasting Room
Silver Strike Winery Tasting - Just want to mention this, as Southern Arizona is becoming a top wine-growing area. Try a tasting - their wines are developed with unique methods. On the North side of Allen St., between Third & Fourth.
Other Old West Bars
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...
Other Arizona Old West Bars
Santiago's - Brewery Gulch
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.
Texas Old West Bars
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 >
Austin/San Antonia/Hill Country
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.
New Mexico Old West Bars
Northeast New Mexico
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.
Southwest New Mexico
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!
Colorado Old West Bars
South Central CO
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.
Wyoming Old West Bars
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!
California Wild West Saloons
Sierra Nevada Area
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
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