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.
These bars of the Old West had customers who 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 like to go into the Crystal Palace on Allen & 5th Streets in Tombstone. That's a bar with some authentic history from the Old West!
Throughout America you can find Historic Bars. Buildings renovated over the years. Some changed a little, some 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 - visit them today!!
In other bars you reminisce about the Old West. They have Wild West style. You look around and feel like you're in an Old West Saloon! You feel like you've gone back in time!!
Let's see where they're all located...
In Arizona, about a half hour drive Southeast of Tombstone. Bisbee 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 today. Brewery Gulch (aka Brewery Ave.) is the street name. At the Eastern end of "Old Town" - North off Main St.
The Cowpony - Not sure what kind of hybrid animal that might be! But this "dive bar" is a fun place. On Tanque Verde Rd., just down from some of the other Old West Bar favorites - they feature 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... ;-)
Close to 5 stars on Google, down to 3 on Yelp. If you realize what you're getting there - a dive - well, you can appreciate it for what it is!
A great little historic mining town - built on the hill-side. Lots of history here! We visited, because we saw that Old West history - and historic bars and buildings that still exist. Everyone we met was so hospital. We had a wonderful time while in town - recommend a visit to anyone!
Alamo Club - Downtown at 28 Main. First built in the 1860s. Formerly 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 not true! Cassidy was in Nevada in 1900, still out West during 1901 - so that legend may be barely possible, but still really doubtful. He fled the U.S. early in 1901 - to Argentina. He was still on the run, ending up in Bolivia, where he died in 1908.
The bar was also a brothel until 1950, when Lincoln County outlawed them. Ownership changed in 2004, and the name became the Bank Club instead of the Alamo. The change disappointed many locals, who still referred to it as "The Alamo Club."
The bank vault can still be seen inside. Another new owner recently took over - and now it's the Alamo Club again! We visited in the summer of 2018. They were gracious, showing us the bank vault in a room used for storage.
The Nevada Club - 59 Main. The current building dates back to the early 1900s. 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 owned by a Chinese family. The Overland was first built as a boarding house with a bar. Pioche had a terrible fire in 1947, and the Overland burned down. By 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.
The McGill Club - The original building was a Union Hall, established in 1907. At one time there was a soda fountain in the front of the club. Swinging doors led to the the saloon in the back. On the main drag through town, you can't miss it. No kitchen, but occasional entertainment Saturday night.
We stopped by, hoping for an early afternoon refreshment - but it was too early. They open at 2 p.m. We didn't want to wait, as we still had a ways to our stop at Pioche.
Liberty Club - In the old days, sometimes called the Ely Mercantile. It was bigger then. The back half burned out sometime between 1908 and the 1920’s. It wasn't rebuilt. Look hard, they say, you might see pieces of scorched wood in the back walls.
Upstairs held a brothel. Then it closed. Instead the rooms went to drinking guys down on their luck with no place to stay. A barber shop was once where the booths are now - it had been closed off from the bar.1
The Silver Spur Saloon - Friendly people & bar staff, attracting lots of locals. Juke box & pool tables. Homey, comfortable feel with a wood stove for those chilly Nevada nights! Lots of atmosphere. Have cash, cuz I hear they don't take plastic. They do have an ATM inside. No food service, but you can bring in your own. At 45 W. Main St. For updates, call (775) 575-0995.
Lucky Spur Saloon - A great Western style bar in this tiny town. 30 miles SE of Austin NV. Called the "Best bar in the middle of nowhere!" At 306 Kingston Canyon Rd. Phone (775) 964-2000. What's nice also is it's smoke free. New owner is working on getting more & more options. Open every day at 2 pm, but Sundays at 9 am.
Manhattan Bar - About 7000 ft. elevation, 50 miles North of Tonopah. Not many people live in town. Many retired, you'll see them gather here. Locals from ranches stop in. In 1927 the building was hauled from Silver Peak and brought to where it's now. A tale you'll hear sitting on their bar-stool, about One-eyed Fern:
Cowboy Bar & Cafe - On Front St. Phone (775) 776-2466. 4 out of 5 star reviews for this local-flavor place. Has Western appeal edge to it. Friendly people & staff, slot machines, pool tables. People note the good food & you'd have to travel a lot farther for more options! The town is small, a population a bit over 250. Not too far off from Utah state line on NV Hwy. 233, which goes North off I-80.
The White Elephant Saloon, reminiscent of the 1884 historic saloon. Wyatt Earp, Luke Short & Bat Masterson all gambled in the original back in the day! Fire took it down about a decade after its grand opening.
Now this new Fort Worth location - the time-honored Fort Worth stockyards. An up to date remake of the first White Elephant - but with Old West saloon aura. Get even more bar details: Read More >
Buckhorn Saloon in San Antonio, just down the street from the original 1881 saloon. The back-bar and other mementos still there. Worth a visit - 318 E. Houston Street.
St. James Hotel & Saloon, Cimarron, New Mexico, a regular stop on the Santa Fe Trail. The Earp brothers, Jesse James and Annie Oakley all slept there - not together!
Origin from 1872, it's on the National Register. Located in the Cimarron Historic District. This Old West bar still shows bullet holes from gunfights back in the 1880s.
Renovations began in 2009. The lobby and rooms restored & refreshed. The bar and restaurant updated and expanded. The old West saloon charm and history still maintained!
The Buckhorn Saloon - Drive North from Silver City to rural Pinos Altos. A short drive. Turn left to 32 Main Street. Its 1865 origin is found in the adobe walls. The vintage bar & bar back are still there. There's been updating & expansions - it remains feeling like an Old West Saloon. Even an Opera House is attached!
The Silver Dollar Saloon opened in 1879 as The Board of the Trade, in Leadville. 315 Harrison Avenue. Worth a go, with its old West bar and lots of history in and out. Doc Holliday was a regular for a while!
What's odd is that the Irish owner has included that heritage along with the old West saloon environment. I cannot say I love the way he's done it! Now I'm Irish as well - but, you'll just have to see for yourself. At least worth 1 visit.
The Buckhorn Exchange at 1000 Osage Street, corner of 10th. Very historic, this Saloon's on the same spot since opening on November 17, 1893. See 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 1880 era Old West Saloon. Authentic bullet holes survive from wild gun battles! Calamity Jane and Buffalo Bill Cody had occasion to stop in. Renovated in 1908. Still retains that old West authenticity. A must-see bar!
Buckhorn Saloon - Fabulous stop near the South entrance to Yosemite. At North Fork, Sierra Nevada Foothills, 32992 Road 222. This watering hole opened in the late 1800s. Been remodeled/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/