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What Is the Oldest Continuously Running Bar in Dallas?

Photo: Nathaniel Chadwick
Photo: Nathaniel Chadwick

This topic came up last week, when Tim and I were fact-checking a story. A few names were thrown around: Inwood Tavern, Club Schmitz (though that’s no longer in the mix), Sons of Hermann Hall. We know that one bar—Inwood Tavern—claims the title at 50 years—but that seems too young.

Anyone got anything older?

24 comments on “What Is the Oldest Continuously Running Bar in Dallas?

  1. Greenville Bar and Grill likely held the title until that big fire a few years back.

  2. Think geographically, which means focus on the center city and it’s older buildings. What about the bar in the Adolphus?

  3. Club Schmitz opened in 46 (burned and rebuilt in the 50s) but shut down this month. RIP.
    Longhorn Ballroom opened in the 50s but is certainly different that it once was.
    I would vote Sons of Hermann, which has been around since 1911 (though admittedly not always open to the public). Still great.

  4. My first thought was Ship’s at Greenville and Ross. But the true answer is probably some bar in the southern sector that your average D Magazine editor/reader has never heard of.

  5. That was my thought, too, though the “continuously operated” part throws a lot of them.

  6. Oak Cliff and Pleasant Grove were dry till recently, so a southern sector contender would have to come from the Cedars, Fair Park, or South Dallas. Not a huge area…

  7. Adairs used to be open on Cedar Springs before it moved to Deep Ellum in the early 80’s. I remember hearing the stories about how the ‘$hitkickers’ didn’t quite mix well with the booming gay population back then. There apparently was a lot of animosity at closing night party before the move.

  8. I have to go with Ship’s (1953) unless someone has a better answer. A fraternal lodge or country club open only to members and/or a hotel with a bar inside don’t really qualify. We’re talking pub….public house…the watering hole serving no other purpose than to serve the drinking public. I’m waiting for an answer about a place near Fair Park that has been open since 1946…which would be awesome.

  9. The Dallasite on Bryan at Fitzhugh just celebrated it’s 50th anniversary last Friday. Located first on Gaston at Fitzhugh,( now a Laundromat) then Ross Ave (now a Apartment Complex) it has been at it’s current location for around 7 years or so.

  10. Wow, didnt know this. Love hearing about the history about some of these places.

  11. Mockingbird Twin Peaks opened last year…seems like an eternity.

    I bet Campisis is in the top 20.

  12. Property records show no building older then 1945 on the site for Pastime…