To most people, the two most appealing aspects of traveling are learning the history and tasting the local beverages. Fine French wine is quite different from hot Japanese sake.
Today’s topic lets you explore the best of both as we look at some of the world’s oldest operating bars and pubs. Some buildings have only been around for a few hundred years, while others date back to ancient philosophers. No matter how long these buildings have been standing, you can be sure that the booze they produce is fresh!
Al Brindisi (1435)
The Italian wine bar Al Brindisi is first on the list. Guinness named it the world’s oldest Italian osteria (Italian restaurant). Copernicus, the famed astronomer who found the location of the sun’s position, actually lived one story above the Bar and was a regular visitor. The Bar is now a restaurant that serves authentic pasta and other Italian delights.
The relaxed atmosphere and wide range of spirits are a big draw for visitors. You can choose wine Fermo (still), wine frizzante, or the famous bubbly Lambrusco. This is a rose recommended for pairing with Italian hams and other foods.
Kyteler’s Inn (11324)
Some accused the original owner of being a witch. But you can be sure that this restaurant and Bar are authentic Irish. Many describe it as the ultimate Irish experience with great entertainment and delicious food.
Their beer garden is renowned for its cozy, spacious and beautiful atmosphere. Kyteler’s Inn still offers traditional Irish music and dances every evening, further fuelling warm spirits. Many guests rave about the Banoffee pie, and they are delicious!
The Bingley Arms (953).
The Guinness Book of World Records has named The Bingley Arm the oldest pub in England. It is rich in history, culture, and tradition. It was named the Pries Inn when it was first built. This was because most of its customers were monks returning from work who wanted bread and beer before heading home.
The Bingley Arms still serves fresh pints and freshly baked bread from the original Dutch oven. Traditional Heineken beer, Yorkshire blonde ale and a selection of their finest gin are some of the most popular drinks. This pub is a step back in time.
The Brazen Head (1198).
Next, we have another Irish pub located in the heart of Dublin. The Brazen Head is a well-known bar in Ireland that has been serving great food since its beginnings. It is a successful combination of a restaurant and a bar that is loved for its vibrant atmosphere and great music.
A selection of Irish whiskeys and gins, vodkas, and wines are some of the most popular drinks. Their food menu includes smoked cod, soda bread and baked Bailey’s cheesecake. You can also eat and drink on a budget with an average price range of $5-$15
Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem (1189).
For many centuries pubs and bars have been part of England’s culture. Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem is a great example. Rumors suggest that King Richard, the Lionheart, has visited the Bar before. Moreover, haunted areas are also said to exist in the Bar.
The Bar’s popularity is not affected by the ghost stories. This joint is nestled in a series of caves and serves its booze inside an eerie cavern-like space that looks its age. Ye Olde Trip is a popular destination for travelers from all over the globe looking for a pint and an experience out of this world.
Sean’s Bar (900).
Sean’s Bar is a pub that’s more than 1100 years old. It looks impressively well-maintained. The analysis revealed that the walls are made of wattle, wicker, and other ancient Irish building materials.
The building’s exterior features faux Greek columns and beautiful red paint, which reflect the fiery spirit of the inside. Sean’s offers a wide range of food and drink options. They also offer different Irish music performances each month. The Irish mule cocktail is a favorite, as well as the burger. Sean’s offers $5 draft beer and $6 beer specials so that anyone can get a pint.
Ye Olde Man & Scythe (1251)
Ye Olde Man & Scythe, another well-known ancient bar in England, is also noteworthy. Legend has it that the 7th Earl de Derby had a memorable last meal at the pub before he was executed for his part in the Bolton Massacre.
This Bar is ideal for a casual evening with friends. It consists of several small, cozy rooms. The warm friendliness and warmth of the staff enhance the homey atmosphere. Guests have nothing but praises for the quality of the products and service at the pub.
We’ll be going on a short excursion to Munich in Germany instead of England or Ireland for our next winner. The Hofbrauhaus was established in the 16 century and has been a popular spot for many famous people throughout history. According to records, Mozart, Lenin and Hitler enjoyed their time at this Bar.
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History has it that King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden entered the region and agreed to withdraw if he received thousands of barrels of beer from this Bar. You can now taste Hofbrauhaus beer and take in the stunning, regal artworks inside the Bar!
Zum Franziskaner (1421)
Zum Franziskaner, a Sweden bar, was established by German monks who brought many of the famous spirits from Germany. This well-aged pub offers a delicious mix of German beverages and traditions, which is where people from all over the globe come to enjoy a taste.
The pub’s Weissbier, or German wheat beer, is a favorite. The Wienerschnitzel, a classic sausage with sauerkraut, is a favorite food. The Bar is also known for its great value, fast service, and incredible cultural mix. This pub should be on your list of places to visit in Sweden.
Ye Olde Mitre Tavern (1546)
Today’s list will be completed with another bar from England. Interestingly, Ye Olde Mitre Tavern was once a watering hole to serve servants. However, it was repurposed in the 16th century. This Bar also houses a famous cherry tree under which Queen Elizabeth danced, according to history.
Criminals were also hanged outside the Bar’s front doors in less graceful ways. While sipping a scotch, you can learn more about the Tavern’s past and present. In addition, many guests also complimented the Tavern’s traditional sausages, pork pies, and menu.