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Where to Drink on President’s Day

Happy President’s Day!
Monday, February 19, 2018 is observed as Presidents Day, the holiday that commemorates George Washington’s birthday (Feb. 22), and all the presidents of the United States.

Here are some bars where you can commemorate some of the commanders in chief the US has had in our history:



Fraunces TavernGeorge Washington: Fraunces Tavern
The location played a prominent role in the American Revolution, serving as a headquarters for George Washington. One of the rooms at Fraunces is the Washington Room.

Fraunces Tavern

54 Pearl St. (Broad St.)
New York, NY
(212) 968-1776

James Madison: Eleven Madison Park
Madison Avenue runs north from Madison Square, named for the 4th president of the United States.

Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave. (25th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 889-0905

millard-fillmoresMillard Fillmore: Fillmore’s Tavern
Fillmore’s Tavern in Flushing is named after the 13th president of the United States.

Fillmore’s Tavern
166-02 65th Ave. (166th St.)
Flushing, Queens, NY
(718) 762-2727

mcsorleys_beersAbraham Lincoln: McSorley’s
Notable patrons of the historic East Village ale house include Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant & Teddy Roosevelt
15 E. 7th St. (between 2nd & 3rd Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 473-9148

Ulysses S. Grant: Serafina
U.S. Grant, our 18th president is buried in NYC.
Q: Who else is buried in Grant’s Tomb? A: Grant’s wife Julia Grant.
Grant’s Tomb, an National monument, is located in Riverside Park near Riverside Drive & W. 122nd St.
If you are visiting Grant’s Tomb, you can walk three blocks east to Amsterdam Ave. and visit Serafina.

1260 Amsterdam Ave. (W. 122nd St.)
New York, NY
(212) 658-0226

Chester A. Arthur: Whiskey Rebel
Chester A. Arthur was a New York City resident both before and after he became our 21st president.  His residence at 123 Lexington Ave. has been designated a National Historical Landmark.  He even took the oath of office in the building following the assassination of President Garfield. On the same block, between 28th & 29th St., you can find Whiskey Rebel.
Whiskey Rebel
129 Lexington Ave. (between 28th & 29th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 686-3800

Theodore Roosevelt: Gramercy Tavern or Teddy’s

Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president, was born in NYC. In fact, his birth place house is a registered National Historical site. Located at in the Flatiron District at 28 E. 20th St., it is just down the block from Gramercy Tavern, itself housed in an historic landmark building.
Gramercy Tavern
42 E. 20th St. (between Broadway & Park Ave. South)
New York, NY
(212) 477-0777

Although named after Teddy Prusik and not the 26th president, the historic tavern Teddy’s is Williamsburg’s oldest continually operating bar & grill, established in 1887, during Roosevelt’s lifetime.
Teddy’s Bar & Grill

96 Berry St. (N. 8th St.)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
(718) 384-9787

woodrowsWoodrow Wilson: Woodrow’s
Woodrow’s in Tribeca is named for the 28th president, who was president when Prohibition was enacted.

43 Murray St (between Church St. & W. Broadway)
New York, NY
(212) 676-0300

Warren G. Harding: Harding’s
Our 29th president has a namesake bar in the Flatiron District

32 E. 21st St. (between Broadway & Park Ave. S)
New York, NY
(212) 600-2105

Roosevelt Island is named for Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd president.
Riverwalk Bar & Grill, the main bar on the island, is easily accessible from the tram or F train.
Riverwalk Bar & Grill
425 Main St.
Roosevelt Island, New York, NY
(917) 522-6715

kennedys-breezy-pointJohn F. Kennedy: Kennedy’s on the Bay

Kennedy’s was founded by Maxwell Kennedy in the early 20th century, but from Kennedy’s, you can look out across Jamaica Bay and see planes taking off and landing at nearby Kennedy airport, named after our 35th president.
Kennedy’s on the Bay
406 Bayside (Beach 210th St. & Rockaway Pt. Blvd.)
Breezy Point, Queens, NY
(718) 945-0202

Andrew Johnson & Lyndon B. Johnson:
The Johnson’s

Andrew Andrew Johnson, the 17th president, and Lyndon Johnson,the 36th president, share a name with a bar in Bushwick.

The Johnson’s
369 Troutman St. (between Wyckoff & Irving Ave.)
Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY
(718) 417-7100

Richard Nixon: Murphy’s Law

Richard Nixon, our 37th president, died in 1994 at New York Hospital–Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan, after suffering a stroke in his Park Ridge, NJ home.  Murphy’s Law, a nearby watering hole, is a popular after-work destination for many hospital workers.

Murphy’s Law
417 E. 70th St. (between York & First Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 628-3724

Bill Clinton: Clinton Hall
Downtown beer hall Clinton hall is named for historic Castle Clinton in Battery Park, but it is also the namesake of our 42nd president.

Clinton Hall

90 Washington St. (between Joseph P Ward St & Rector St.)
New York, NY
(212) 363-6000

Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

George W. Bush: Dos Caminos at The W
You can toast the Texan 43rd president, nicknamed “W” at Dos Caminos at the W Hotel.
Dos Caminos
1567 Broadway (47th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 918-1330

Barack Obama: Bernheim & Schwartz
obama-guinnessOur 44th president was a New York resident when he attended Columbia University in the early 1980s. He is reported to have lived at 622 W. 114th St. and 142 W. 109th St. during his time at Columbia.  One of the popular spots among Columbia students at that time was The West End Gate, the location which now houses Bernheim & Schartz.

Bernheim & Schwartz Hall
2911 Broadway (between 113th & 114th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 335-2911


Donald Trump:
45 doesn’t drink. sad.



Related Links:

A Brief History of Presidential Drinking by Christopher Klein [History Channel]
A complete list of every president’s favorite drink by Mark Will Weber [NY Post]
Party Like a President [NPR]

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