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

5Menger Bar, San Antonio, Texas (Saloon)

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"The Menger Bar was established when the Menger Hotel was built in 1859 in San Antonio Texas. This was a true western saloon at the time, and legend has it that more cattle deals were struck here than any other place in the world. Teddy Roosevelt frequented the bar when he was stationed nearby before the Spanish-American war and he actually recruited many of his Rough Riders here. (At one point he was even reprimanded for buying his soldiers a round of drinks.) Today it is literally a stone’s throw from the Alamo and San Antonio’s Riverwalk and the ranchers and rough riders have been replaced with tourists and hotel guests but it still maintains that old saloon feeling. Serving great house margaritas and ice cold Lone Star beer it is worth stopping in to have a drink in Teddy Roosevelt's old watering hole."

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