The Great Historic Tavern Pub Crawl & Tours

We like touring Morris and Somerset County since this is the “cockpit of the revolution” and most of the old taverns were meeting places of the resistance. Want to grab a pint where  General Washington drank (and maybe slept)? How about a cold one where Ben Franklin gathered his thoughts? Here’s where history meets the road….literally. In addition to churches, pubs and taverns served as the meeting places of the revolution. How fun now would it be to create a trip, learn some great stories, and maybe even sit and have a bite and drink.

This project is a community effort to create tours of historic taverns, gin mills, speakeasies across the New York/New Jersey metro area. There’s only one condition. All of the postings to the map need to be at LEAST 100 years old. That’s it. And many of the locations are not just about the revolutionary war. For example, take in Hoboken while you learn about Frank Sinatra and some of his favorite early hangouts.

Map Your Tour

Over 50 pubs, taverns, museums, inns to chose from in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Next to churches, taverns and pubs historically were part of every town’s fabric. Build a tour of your own or take one of ours.  Learn some history, and create a tour of historic Taverns/Inns Still Serving (Fork/Spoon), Still Standing (House), or Gone Forever (GREEN).

Suggested Tours

Tavern History

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.

1. Morris/Somerset County Tour (About 3 hours)

Start at the historic Arnolds Tavern site in Morristown where there have been not just one winter encampment during the revolutionary war, but two! Go up the street to see the winter home of General George Washington while your there. Then move south to grab a bite at the historic Grain House Restaurant in Basking Ridge. After, drive down to view the historic Coffee House in Madisonville section of Bernards Township. After the quick stop, travel thru downtown Basking Ridge and find the site of the historic Widow Whites Tavern. Then back up the road past John Parker’s Tavern in Bernardsville. Then make a choice to close out the event. Delicious Heights (Bedminster), Stirling Hotel (Long Hill), Pluckemin Inn (Pluckemin) or the Gladstone Tavern (Gladstone).

2. Super Car Tour (Make a Day of It)

Here’s one to make a day of it. This tour is a combination of sites, standing taverns, and active eateries.  If there are 5 on the list you have to hit we’d suggest: McSorley’s in NYC (Active), Fraunces Tavern (Active), Arnolds Tavern (Morristown/Site), Widow Whites Tavern (Basking Ridge/Site),  Logan Inn (Active/New Hope,PA) and end at City Tavern in Philadelphia. You complete this tour and you’ve probably seen the top historic venues in the tri-state area.

3. Suggested Motorcycle Tour (Make an Afternoon of It)

A slice of city, country, and a tour worth riding. One of the best rides is to start at the historic Arnold Tavern Site in Morristown, New Jersey. Then decide which direction to take.

Tour Taverns and Inns along the Delaware River

Travel South – From there many make the decision to travel south towards New Hope, PA. There are plenty of active open taverns, as well as a number of taverns/Inns that are now restored homes or historic sites.  Great fun traveling down the banks of the Delaware River south to Lambertville, NJ and New Hope, PA. Check out the Logan Inn and check out a few ghost stories.

Travel North –  Another favorite is to start in Princeton, NJ and work your way north through Hunterton County, Morris County, and north to Sussex County.

4. Suggested Uber or Lyft Tour (Make a Night of It)

Here’s where you get the change to get your drink on while getting a fill of history. Start with a walk, then grab a rideshare and keep it going.

NYC and Hoboken by far are the best historic walking and Uber pub crawl tours on the map. There are more bars per square mile in Hoboken than anywhere in America!  With Hoboken just across the Hudson River you could take just a few hours and visit historic taverns that are both open and visible. Fraunces Tavern in NYC is a MUST! Either start or end there!

Share Your Tour (Or Suggest a Tavern Spot)

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. Take photos and send them to us!

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!

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

Map Listings

* 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

10 thoughts on “The Great Historic Tavern Pub Crawl & Tours

  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 http://www.njcu.edu/programs/jchistory/Pages/T_Pages/Tise_Tavern.htm

    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).

    JWB

  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.

  7. Somehow the comments section was closed. We fixed that and we’re back in business. Thanks everyone for getting us over 50 locations. We’re now driving for 75!

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