The Oldest Bar in Each State
If you love history or if you enjoy your fair share of alcohol, it may please you to know just which bar in your state is the oldest, for research.
Illinois and Iowa are below, to see the whole list head over to Thrillist.
The Village Tavern - Long Grove, IL (Est. 1849)
In a city that may very well have more bars than people, you’ve gotta get out to the northern suburbs to find the oldest bar in Chicagoland: The Village Tavern, a family-owned and operated joint in Long Grove. While nothing of great historical significance happened here, the 35-foot mahogany bar did survive the “other” great Chicago fire at The McCormick Place in 1967 before finding its new home in Long Grove.
Breitbach’s Country Dining - Sherrill, IA (Est. 1852)
Talk about a place that brings the community together. In 2007, this hometown, country bar and restaurant (that’s so old its liquor permit was issued by Millard Fillmore) was decimated by two fires in a year and a half. Throughout 2008, people literally bussed themselves from all over the Midwest to get this place rebuilt; and in the best Iowa feel-good story since Field of Dreams, BCD reopened in August 2009 and now stands as Iowa’s oldest bar in its 6th generation of family ownership.