WOW! 11 Awesome Old and Historic Upstate New York Taverns!
When it is time for a cold beer or some "tavern time" for me, I always look for the historic aspect of a tavern. Not much of a fan of the Applebees-type of bar or restaurant. Give me a place with old bones, some great history, a hearty meal, and a well-worn barstool. Throw in a chatty bartender who may be the owner, and I am good to go!
There are hundreds of places to grab a beer or glass of wine in Upstate New York. This gallery looks at 11 very special places. And, what do I mean by "special?"
All of these places have a great back story to them. Almost all are nothing special, really. In looks. Most are fun, familiar corner taverns. A few are pretty fancied up now, after many years. But all of them go way back. And I mean waaaay back! How about still open after 100 years? 150 years? More? Check out the stories,
I have a couple of favorites. There is a tavern in tiny Unadilla (Otsego County) That is 80+ years old yet the tavern dining room is a wonder of Mid-Century Modern furniture and lighting. Another, (more than 225 years old!) has a tavern in a stone-walled cellar that is supposedly visited by ghosts from the past. How about an ancient tavern, the last surviving business on the old Cherry Valley Turnpike, that had its upstairs room used as a Civil War militia point?
These, and all the rest, are wonderful stories. The food is pretty awesome at these places, and you will enjoy visiting each one of them. Again, nothing fancy in most of these place, but if you are lucky, and find that chatty owner/bartender, brother, you are in for some fascinating stories!
The Amazing Story of 11 Historic Upstate New York Bars and Taverns
Gallery Credit: Chuck D'Imperio