A few weeks ago, Jay posted over at Brookston Beer Bulletin about the oldest bars in America after reading about a list someone posted with their take on the oldest ten. Jay disagreed and was able to put together his own list of 50 with no less than 14 pre-1800 bars. It got my brain thinking about a bunch of things that I posted in the comments, including the fact that the oldest weren't even American when they were built as they pre-dated the Revolution and one, Jean Lafittes Blacksmith Shop of New Orleans, was part of France or Spain when it opened for business in 1775. I saw the need for a group project on this one. So consider yourself enlisted in the cause.
As far as this part of Canada goes, four and a half years ago I posted about The Queen's Inn - a pub that is still going which would make #20 on Jay's list. It was established in 1839 and just got a refit after a recent fire. That's fifteen years older than McSorley’s Old Ale House in New York - even if it is nowhere near as original. Another long standing watering hole, now known as the Old Speckled Hen, in our fair town dates from 1809 - but I don't think it opened as a hotel, just that it switched to one at some point. If it qualified for the list, it would be #15.
We all know Kingston is old for central Canada - but there must be older places than that in Quebec or even Newfoundland. And what about where you live? I'd been in a medieval pub in England and who know what was the lineage of some of the places I found myself in, say, Holland or Poland back in the day. And is it fair to exclude the vintage bar if you are in the west coast - where ancient can mean 1905?
So, what is the nearest bar near you? What do you like about it?