Quest: Bars & Pars | 50 States, 50 Bars, 50 Great Public Golf Courses

It started over whiskey and cigars after a round of golf. A discussion about sports and history and the fundamental basis of American democracy. Or something like that anyways.

We decided, right then and there, two friends bound together by blood and common interests, that we were to further our education of United States history. About our country’s most basic truths. Through the lens of golf and whiskey. And thus, the Oldest Bars Quest was born.

Our ground rules are simple: to research and visit the oldest bars in every state of this great Union. And while we are there, in those regions, to visit and play some of the best public golf courses that we can find.

Below is the master map with all the information you need to evaluate, plan and participate in this great quest. We will provide a first-hand account of everywhere we’ve visited. Those places we have yet to visit will include a short “dossier”. Just click on the pins for more information.

Godspeed. And good luck!


Our reviews of the oldest bars we’ve visited

Hays House, Council Grove, Kansas, 1857
Glur’s Tavern, Columbus, Nebraska, 1876
The Mint Steakhouse, Silverthorne, Colorado, 1862
White Horse Saloon, Spirit Lake, Idaho, 1907
The Spot Bar, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1885
The Anvil, Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, 1855
Bale of Hay, Virginia City, Montana, 1863
Peacock Alley, Bismarck, North Dakota, 1933
Huber’s Cafe, Portland, Oregon, 1879
Buffalo Bar, Deadwood, South Dakota, 1877
Shooting Star Saloon, Huntsville, Utah, 1879
The Brick, Roslyn, Washington, 1889
Miners and Stockmen’s Steakhouse & Spirits, Hartville, Wyoming, 1862
Eischen’s Bar, Okarche, Oklahoma, 1896.