Abraham Lincoln's birthday is tomorrow, and have you ever wondered about the drinking habits of the 16th President of the United States? I hadn't really thought much about it, but as soon as I started researching, I realized that I'd chosen the wrong President for a post on bars.
Even though his father probably worked at a distillery, even though he and his grocery store partner seem to have had the equivalent of a liquor license for their business (grocery stores back in the day sometimes served as the town bar, I guess), Lincoln seems to have been the kind of drinker Dean is when we aren't visiting (and writing about) bars and churches. The Great Emancipator seemed to have accepted a glass of champagne or whatever when the occasion called for it -- without drinking more than a sip.
Still, I wonder. If President Lincoln had found himself traveling with us, would any of these bars have felt comfortable? Which do you like best?
|The Tank Room in Kansas City, Missouri (sadly no more)|
|The Wrigley Taproom and Eatery in Corbin, Kentucky|
|Church and State in Washington, DC (closed since our visit)|
|Liberty Tavern in Clinton, Massachusetts|
|Charlie-O's World Famous in Montpelier, Vermont|
|Harry's Chocolate Shop in West Lafayette, Indiana|
|Tom's Old Bogies in Holcombe, Wisconsin (it's in a log cabin)|
|Old Style Saloon Number 10 in Deadwood, South Dakota|
|Pengilly's Saloon in Boise, Idaho|
|Duke's Spirited Cocktails in Healdsburg, California|