Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Revisiting 2018: We wonder about Abraham Lincoln's favorite bar

This Dean and Mindy walk into a bar post from February 11, 2018, is worth another read today. I wonder: what would Abraham Lincoln think of our quest to visit a bar and a church in every state in the country he served? Would he buy a copy of Cheers and Amen? As a shopkeeper, would he have stocked it in his Illinois general store with a liquor license?

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

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