The Great Historic Tavern Pub Crawl & Tour

Here’s where history meets the road….literally. This project is a community effort to create the ultimate tour of historic taverns, gin mills, speak-easys across America. There’s only one condition. All of the postings to the map need to be at LEAST 100 years old. That’s it. We’re focusing on New Jersey and the borders of PA and New York for this exercise.

One of the best things about history is the method you choose to learn it. This idea grew out of a great memory of a Hoboken Pub Crawl I went on a number of years ago. If you know your history, Hoboken has the highest concentration of bars/pubs in the US. Back in the late 1700’s, when travel was slower, each town had three places to support travel: a hotel, a church, and a pub or tavern. Tavern’s are where people met, swapped stories, and history was made. Now it’s your turn to create a list that will later be turned into a Historic Pub Crawl Event.

If you don’t want to post to the map, just post a comment at the end of the piece, or email it directly to and we’ll get it up there sometime. (See info below the map).

What a slam – Platial goes bankrupt and takes the map! So we’re rebuilding…..For the interactive view and to post your tavern entry – Click Here – (Used to be Here)

Here’s what we’re looking for you to do. Tell us where the place is, when it was built, if the Tavern is still serving libations (tap, package, liquor,food) and any historical story tied to the establishment.

Look to the mash-up and you’ll get the idea. Once the ball gets rolling, we’ll begin creating designated “Historical Pub Crawls” custom tailored for your local area with all the fun that goes with a pub crawl (Hints included).

Start posting and let’s see what you’ve got. How good is your history? Better yet, how good is your tavern history. Bet you have a good story in there somewhere!

Here’s what’s on the map so far:

Listed so far:
* City Tavern – c1772
* Grain House – c1768
* Stirling Hotel – c1903
* Gladstone Tavern – c1847
* Landmark Tavern – c1868
* Blue Pig Tavern – Congress Hall – c1816
* Blue Anchor Tavern – c1750
* Arnolds Tavern – c1764
* Widow White’s Tavern c1700s
* Stockton Inn – c1710
* The Village Inn – c1726
* Nassau Inn – c1756
* French Arms Tavern – c1750s
* Fraunces Tavern Museum – c1719
* White Horse Tavern – c1880
* Franklin Inn – c1734
* Pittstown Grill and Inn – c1760s
* Brownstone Inn
* 110 Main Street
* The Old ’76 House
* Willie´s Taverne – c1780
* Black Horse Tavern – c1740
* Pete’s Tavern -c1864
* McSorley’s Old Ale House – c1854
* PJ Clarke’s – c1864
* Lambertville House Historic Inn – c1812
* Pluckemin Inn – mid 1700s

9 thoughts on “The Great Historic Tavern Pub Crawl & Tour

  1. From: “John Beekman”
    Date: Sat, January 30, 2010 11:12 am

    The Tise/Tice/Eagle Tavern was on the SW corner of Bergen and Glenwood, just about centerpoint of today’s Jersey City. There’s a good web page at

    The Three Pigeons is a bit harder to specify exactly, since the streets have changed so much over time as North Bergen developed in the 20th century, but it was along the Hackensack Plank Road, now (also/offically) known as Bergen Turnpike and/or County Rt. 691, between the Weehhawken Cemetery and (what is now) Liberty Ave. Roghly where Garnd Ave. hits Bergen Tpk. (north side of the latter).


  2. I have added (I think) the Rocky Hill Inn c. 1745 to the pub crawl map. Today, RHI is one of the finest restaurants in the Princeton area.

  3. Hi,

    I just came across the Perryville Inn on Perryville Rd in Perryville, NJ.
    near Exit 12 on Rt 78 just west of Clinton.
    In 1812 it was named after Commodore Perry, the hero of Lake Erie.

    Arthur Mierisch

  4. The Warford House alias The Frenchtown Inn in Sunbeam Town alias Frenchtown on the Delaware built in 1807

    It’s great dining.

  5. I am looking for the Bellona Hall [inn and tavern] that operated in New Brunswick, NJ, in the early 1800’s as a steamboat landing rest stop From 1818 to 1830.It was managed by Sophia Vanderbilt, wife of Cornelius Vanderbilt.

    ref. The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt By T.
    J. Stiles

    Any leads are welcomed.

    Leona Egan
    Staten Island, NY

  6. Frelinghuysen Tavern Site
    213 East Main Street
    South Bound Brook, NJ

    “This Tablet marks the site of the Frelinghuysen Tavern
    Hendrick Harpending , a shoemaker from Holland, built his home circa 1729, which later became a tavern, owned by his son , Peter.
    Soon after the adoption of the Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776, the townspeople assembled on the street in front of this tavern to hear it read by their neighbor, Hendrick Fisher of South Bound Brook President of the Provincial Congress of New Jersey , Member of the Committee of Safety and an “Enemy of the Crown” excluded from the general amnesty offered the rebellious colonists earlier that year.
    ‘ Upon completion of the reading the crowd went wild with joy, carrying Fisher on their shoulders through the village, while the Presbyterian Church bell range loud and long, cannons fired, and rousing toasts were drunk by the lusty patriots gatherer there.’
    Erected by the Somerset County Historical Society 1960”

    Facility no longer exists, but there is a plaque on the current business.

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