America's Oldest Bars: California Slideshow


Smiley’s Schooner Saloon‎

Bar: Smiley’s Schooner Saloon‎
Location: 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas, CA
Founded: 1851

The Golden Gate Saloon

Bar: The Golden Gate Saloon
Location: 212 W. Main Street, Grass Valley, CA
Founded: 1852


Bar: Elixir Saloon
Location: 3200 16th Street, San Francisco, CA‎
Founded: 1858

The Saloon

Bar: The Saloon
Location: 1232 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA
Founded: 1861

Tivoli Bar & Grill

Yelp/Nate F.

Bar: Tivoli Bar & Grill
Location: 505 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA
Founded: 1885

Hussong’s Cantina

No, Hussong’s isn’t in California, but it’s close enough, old enough, and important enough to note. Said to be the “verified originator of the margarita.”

Bar: Hussong’s Cantina
Location: Ruiz 113, Centro, 22800 Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico‎
Founded: 1892

The Little Shamrock

Bar The Little Shamrock
Location: 807 Lincoln Way, San Francisco, CA
Founded: 1893

The Iron Door Saloon

Bar: The Iron Door Saloon
Location: 18761 Main Street, Groveland, CA
Founded: 1896

Cole’s Buffet

Bar: Cole’s Buffet
Location: 118 E. 6th St, Los Angeles, CA
Founded: 1908

House of Shields

Bar: House of Shields
Location: 39 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA
Founded: 1908

Elliott’s Bar

Yelp/David O.

Bar: Elliott’s Bar
Location: 369 Hartz Ave., Danville, CA
Founded: 1907