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Remembering the Back Door of Louisville, Kentucky

A great bar will usually only last as long as its founder. Sometimes, you get lucky, and the kid will take over, but the kid has to be as passionate about the place as mom...

Cheers to the Lost VFW Posts of America

Memorial Day is a solemn occasion, even in a saloon. I’ve been in many bars where there’s a full mug of beer in front of an empty bar stool, bought by a buddy of a...

Washington D.C.’s Capitol Lounge

  They say there are two things you don’t discuss in a bar – religion and politics. I can’t say I’ve ever preached a sermon while drinking a cold one (though I’ve asked for God’s...

Long Live New York City’s Lucy’s

I love dive bars. There’s nothing better than sitting alone in a dark, cavernous, smelly old saloon on an afternoon, eating stale popcorn and drinking cheap beer. It may sound like hell to some, but...

Here's to Clarke’s of Miami, FL

It goes without saying that a bar is an important part of a neighborhood (hence the moniker, neighborhood bar). The people that frequent the place, those labeled as “regulars,” come from the surrounding areas, living...

Remembering Derry Hegarty’s Irish Pub

Between 1820 and 1975, about 4.7 million people immigrated to America from Ireland. Today, over 31 million Americans report having Irish ancestry. No wonder the Irish pub is so popular in the US – over...

Here's to the Sly Mongoose of Lahaina

What’s your definition of paradise? To some people, it’s a blazing hot sun reflecting off a rippling ocean with a breeze shaking the leaves of a palm tree. But to others, like me for instance,...

The Bay’s Old Pro and KC’s Red Balloon - Two Bars Where We Wish We Could Watch The Game

There’s a lot of variety when it comes to bars. Saloons, dives, cantinas, clubs, lounges - each different, with its own feel, its own music, even its own drinks. The funny thing is, people who...

The Pershing Inn - A Once Classic Bar

And so goes another one… I have to admit, this one hit really close to home. I mean that figuratively and literally. I live in a small community about 45 miles from El Paso, Texas....