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''Even if you don't drink, don't like bars or even antiquity, this book is great fun all by itself. It made me smile a lot.'' -Mark Medoff

''And I thought I'd been to a lot of bars! Bucket List Bars showed me just how many bars I still have to make it to looks like I'm going to have to scratch the Grand Canyon off the list and, instead, head to Denver to hit El Chapultepec, Tuscon for the Kon Tiki and the dozens of other hidden gems Dr. Clint Lanier and Derek Hembree have uncovered. This book will inspire readers to get out and see the bars that built the country (not to mention the tiki movement). Finally a guide book for people like me I'll never travel to an American city without it again.'' -Christine Sismondo Author of America Walks into a Bar: A Spirited History of Taverns and Saloons, Speakeasies and Grog Shops.

''As a lover of history and the art of drink, this book compels me to travel. A great cross-section of our countries oldest and most noteworthy watering holes. Places where the true nature of a 'bar' was born. The Public House. A place where we share news and politics, the 'town hall' as it were. This collection of bars is really a patchwork of how our country was forged. An assembly of great places that hold court with history and legend and still remain true to their ethos. A unique book that will inspire the reader to visit as many of the listed as possible as well as try and rediscover spots in their own town. Also a handy reference and historical guide for travelers to the cities mentioned. I was especially happy to read about each bars history versus the way they operate today and how steadfast most have stayed. Another great feature is the included list of 'Nearby Distractions' that offers up unique ways to enjoy the various neighborhoods that you're in.

I think this can become a great guide for both travelers and locals alike. A way to discover and rediscover or nations history. I've always said ''there's no better place to get an education than a bar'' well, this is a listing of some of the best learning institutes in America. Best of all, most are practically museums as well. The walls and the tenders tell a fascinating story. Best of all, you can virtually visit by watching the online videos that are linked via QR codes. These guys must've had a blast creating this incredible work. Cheers!'' -Sother Teague, AKA @CreativeDrunk, head bartender at Amor y Amargo in NYC's East Village

''The authors give the history, great descriptions and the most interesting nearby attractions(distractions) to visit, or not visit, after knocking back a few. With 40 famous bars to visit and each one of them unique in taste and style, everyone will find their new favorite haunt. People will enjoy reading this book because it maps out the most nostalgic classic joints still in existence in America. I too must add this to my bucket list and make the journey to find some of these fine establishments. I too will toast to the fearless defenders of these preserved historical gems!'' ---Louie Ryan, Proud proprietor of The Townhouse Saloon & Del Monte Speakeasy

About the Author

Clint Lanier has traveled the world to find out-of-the-way watering holes with great stories to tell. From the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta to the cantinas of Mexico, he's always on the lookout for the next saloon, tavern, or dive that brings a neighborhood or a whole city together. When not on the road, he is an assistant professor at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

As a military brat, Derek Hembree began traveling and exploring the world at a very young age. A bartender during his college years and an adventurer at heart, he's intrigued by historic bars--their stories and their contributions to the art of mixology--and is eager to share what he's discovered.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Emerald Book Company (May 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937110435
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937110437
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was sent a copy of the book Bucket List Bars: Historic Saloons, Pubs, And Dives Of America. The book was written by Dr. Clint Lanier & Derek Hembree. I had no idea what to expect from the book, but I was pleasantly surprises. When you think of bars, pubs and dives, you think of drinking. I am not a huge drinker, but I do like a beer now and then and I there are an assortment of mixed drinks I enjoy. When I began to read this book, I was immediately hooked.

Yes, the book was about Saloon, Pubs and Dives of America. These are those places you want to visit before you leave this earth. Why? All of these places are filled with interesting history. I am a history buff. I can't get enough. When I learned these bars were a huge part of American History, I had to read each and every word. The City Tavern in my hometown Philadelphia. Learning that people like Paul Revere, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington drank in this tavern. I can't wait to take a trip there and have a drink myself. The Warren Tavern in Massachusetts was also the favorite watering hole of Paul Revere and George Washington liked to drink there. These are some of my most favorite historical people. I would have liked to have met all of them.

The book is filled with stories like this. It makes you feel like taking a long vacation to visit as many of these places as you can. It's important to know that this book deals with New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Austin, San Antonio, El Paso, Denver, Tuscon, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco. I have been to most of these places, but sadly, I have never stepped into one of these bars. If you like drinking, vacationing and history, this book is for you. I will bring it with me whenever I am on vacation to one of these destinations.
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What can you say about bars that hasn't already been said? They've been around in one form or another for thousands of years. Places to gather or socialize; usually when there's an event or crisis people congregate at their neighborhood watering hole, if only to be around others or to be comforted. Indeed, Toby Keith himself said that you see greater fellowship in bars than you see in most churches, and who am I to disagree? Bars have been the subject of TV Series', movies, songs, countless books.....so why another one?
Dr. Clint Lanier and Derek Hembree have put together a compendium of bars that, as they say, you need to "experience." Bucket List Bars is, simply put, a travellers' guidebook to these institutions showing a historical bent. The differences between bars (i.e. Saloon vs. Dive) is pointed out AND they have raised the bar (pun intended) over other similar tomes. In addition to the nearby landmarks (or "Distractions"), each bar has a QR Code (you know, one of those things that looks like a subway tile) that you can scan with your Smart Phone to see a short doc on the establishment. There are also codes on selected signature drinks so you can get the skinny on those. This is brillliant, however I was unable to partake as I am still mired down with my 2006 Un-smart Phone.
This edition is divided into 12 regions for parts of the USA, featuring some bars I have actually visited...McSorleys and the Old Town in NYC, The City in Philly and the Decatur Tavern and 4-Mile bar in my new hometown of Las Vegas. However the Pacific Northwest has been totally left out. What about the 9 Lb Hammer in Seattle? Kelly's Olympian in Portland, Oregon? And my personal favorite, the Sip N Dip Lounge in my hometown of Great Falls, Montana?
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I accidentally stumbled upon their premiere collaboration,Drunken History,while absentmindedly browsing Amazon for books relating to drinking. I found that book enjoyable and thought provoking, although the lack of footnotes, bibliography and index was perplexing, despite the duos pledge to reveal all questionable sources on their home page. The team announced in the pages of Drunken History that they planned on a future book, the topic being exploring "historic saloons, pubs and dives of America", and that piqued my interest as a beer and drinks enthusiast.The new book,entitled Bucket List Bars, also caught the attention of Beer Advocate magazine,May issue. The reviewer generally praised the book,the sole caveat being "beer geeks",meaning some subscribers to their magazine,may not be enthralled by the authors choice of bars,although the entries on historical pubs,taverns and dives,many that positively shaped our American history and brought joy to countless patrons in times of adversity,will surely fascinate history buffs. I thoroughly enjoyed Bucket List Bars and applaud Clint and Derek. To paraphrase the Grateful Dead,reading Bucket List Bars was a long, strange trip through American drinking history. My cousin and I often discuss what it would be like to enter a time machine that delivers us to a saloon of yesteryear,perhaps a century ago,to mingle with the patrons and drink long extinct beer. I think Bucket List Bars is a time machine of sorts, instrumental in getting us to those ancient bars or at least to catch a ghostly glimpse of days long gone.
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