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    • Houston is thriving in its bar scene, but occasionally a heralded and historic place falls.  Houston loses a bit of its history when the State Bar closed. No, we are not discussing legal briefs or courtroom dockets.  The State Bar, had been a gathering spot for Houston power brokers past and up to the present. One of the charms of the ...

    • Yes, it seems at times that the bar industry is being assailed from all sides.  The coffee shops, like Starbucks are reinventing themselves as casual evening lounges serving beer and wine.  Burger King, Taco Bell and other fast food outlets are ramping up to serve beer and burgers at airports and other selected locations.  Whole Fo...

    • - An American Bars rant -    Want to get a really great, unusual cocktail? It used to be very clandestine; places that only a few well connected people could get you into. Almost like a 20’s gangland movie, it seems getting a great cocktail required a lifestyle that bordered on the criminal: hanging out in questionable parts of town, k...

    • Here is another item from the “IT’S COMING HERE SOON” file.  HUNDREDS of Scottish pubs have closed in the decade since a complete smoking ban was introduced. As you might imagine, the law preventing lighting up in enclosed public spaces is widely considered to be a really good thing, primarily by people who do not smoke and do not go t...

    • What’s a Polka Band to do?  Apparently, the interior had not changed since the 1960s. The legendary Nye’s Polonaise in northeast Minneapolis shut its doors for good back on April 3. Half of the brick and mortar will remain and half gets pulverized for new construction. The interior goes to a high profile auction for dispersal to collector...

    • Down on the corner… Did you know that the high and lofty National Trust for Historic Places actually hands out an award the the most popular historic bar in America each year?  Neither did we. That’s because last year was the very first year of the award. Yet, even with all the falderal, something seems wrong. One somehow expects an hist...

    • Now most of us are familiar with golf. It seems odd at first. However, once you get into it, golf is a way of life. So are bars. It is entirely logical therefore that there is always a bar sitting at the end of a golf course. Actually, the better golf courses have the 9th green end right next said 18th hole bar.  It all makes perfect sense.&nb...

    • In this age of Uber and “in-bar” breathalyzer tests, and designated drivers…it is amazing how many people still crawl behind the wheel and end up with a DUI arrest. No one can claim ignorance anymore on this matter. Everyone knows and even opinion polls conducted in bars came away with drinkers overwhelmingly aware of the dangers of drinking ...

    • That great sign you all heard last night was yet another Tax Day come to pass. Yes, Uncle Sam has exacted another pound of flesh from all of us.  So, if you are now crying in your beer over the tax forms you just labored over and the check you sent off to the government bottomless pit, let us here at American Bars give you a couple of more is...

    • There is a hint of defiance in bartenders at historic old places about to give up the ghost. It was 5am and the bar was still serving. Tobacco Road's owner Pat Gleber said: “2am —That’s only officially when we have to stop selling. But we can still serve. And then the real party's gonna get going." It was Miami’s oldest and most historic b...