Derek and Clint's Top 5 Bucket-List-Worthy Bars

Derek Hembree and Dr. Clint Lanier
With book titles like "Bucket List Bars: Historic Saloons, Pubs, and Dives of America" and "Drunken History," it's no doubt that drinking buddies Derek Hembree and Clint Lanier know a thing or two about how we as a nation can get our drink on in any environment. After they came out with their Bucket List Bars book, we asked them if they could give us a rundown of what they believed were the 5 most bucket-list-worthy the nation has to offer.

"In our quest across this great nation to find and share some of the most historic and culturally significant bars, we have had the opportunity to “belly up” to some of the best and worst drinking establishments out there. Perhaps the best part of our journey was to see the variety of watering holes Americans go to every day. We explored taverns, saloons, dives, speakeasies and even Tiki bars. Of the five kinds we visited, here’s a list of the best and oldest of each."
Derek and Clint's Top 5 Bucket-List-Worthy Bars

2Ear Inn, Manhattan, New York (Dive Bar)

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"Originally built in 1817 for James Brown, a Revolutionary War veteran and aid to George Washington, the house was sold and turned into a bar in 1833. Known to have been a favorite among river pirates and immigrant gangs throughout the 1800 and 1900s as well as a speakeasy and brothel during prohibition, the Ear Inn is one of America’s oldest and most historic dive bars. Today you can still see a number of relics from its checkered past--bottles, pipes, etc.--strung throughout the bar and it is rumored to be haunted, with multiple reports of apparitions and strange noises. Though the river pirates and gang members have been replaced with hipsters, professionals, celebrities and tourists the bar retains that classic charm of an old bar but with that modern dive bar feel. They serve a variety of pub grub as well as craft and local beers and a pint of Ear Inn Ale accompanied by a shot of Jameson is the perfect way to start a night off in this legendary dive."

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