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16 Interesting Facts About The World's Oldest And Coolest Bars

Because beer is better when served from an ancient cavern.

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3. Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar (1722) — New Orleans, LA

Fun fact: Between 1772 and 1791, the property is believed to have been used by the Lafitte Brothers, Jean and Pierre, as a New Orleans base for their Barataria smuggling operation.

6. Sean's Bar (900) — Athlone, Ireland

Fun fact: Despite many disputes, Sean's Bar has officially been named by the Guinness Book of World Records to be the oldest pub in Ireland. It is currently being investigated whether or not Sean's is the oldest bar in the world.

8. Herberg Vlissinghe (1515) — Bruges, Belgium

Fun fact: Herberg Vlissinghe was a famous hangout for well-known artists in the 19th century such as the painters Edmond Van Hove and Flori Van Acker, sculptors and Gustaaf Hendrik Pickery, and architects Louis Delacenserie and Rene Buyck.

13. Hofbräuhaus (1589) — Munich, Germany

Fun fact: When King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden invaded Bavaria during the Thirty Years' War in 1632, he threatened to sack and burn the entire city of Munich. He agreed to leave the city in peace if the citizens surrendered some hostages — and 600,000 barrels of Hofbräuhaus beer.

15. Mr. Thomas' Chop House (1867) — Manchester, England

Fun fact: Chop houses were originally places where businessmen dined and conducted their affairs over hearty plates of traditionally cooked meats, frequently grilled and washed down with fine wines or well-kept local beers.

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