Where to Drink on President’s Day

Happy President’s Day!
Monday, February 17, 2020 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:

George Washington: Fraunces Tavern
The location of Fraunces Tavern 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

The Porterhouse Brewing Co.
at Fraunces Tavern

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

John Adams:  Rocco’s Tacos
Adams St. in Downtown Brooklyn was named for the 2nd president of the United States.  Rocco’s Tacos on Adams St. is serving a President’s Day Brunch featuring Notorious Pink Rosé for $20 and bottomless mimosas for $13.

Rocco’s Tacos
339 Adams St.
Downtown Brooklyn
(718) 246-8226

James Madison: Mulligan’s Pub
Madison Avenue runs north from Madison Square, named for the 4th president of the United States. There are not many bars on Madison Ave., but Mulligan’s Pub is conveniently located in midtown:

Mulligan’s Pub
267 Madison Ave. (between 39th & 40th St.)
New York, NY.
(212) 286-0207

James Monroe: The Wilky
Monroe St. in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn is named after the 5th president of the United States.   The Wilky is a craft beer bar on the corner of Monroe St. & Patchen Ave.

The Wilky
108 Patchen Ave. (Monroe St.)
Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, NY
(718) 484-7458

Andrew Jackson: The Exley
Jackson St. in Williamsburg, Brookyn is named after the 7th president of the United States.  The Exley is a cozy bar in the shadow of the BQE at the beginning of Jackson St.

The Exley
1 Jackson St. (Union St.)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
(347) 599-2430

Zachary Taylor: The Tailor

This one is a stretch, I know, but there is now a bar that sounds like the 12th president’s last name, although it is actually named for its Garment District location

The Tailor Public House
505 Eighth Ave. (35th St.)
New York, NY
(646) 949-4900

millard-fillmoresMillard Fillmore: Fillmore’s Tavern
Fillmore’s Tavern in Flushing is named after the 13th president of the United States, who was from upstate New York.

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

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

Ulysses S. Grant: Bar 314
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, a 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 Bar 314.

Bar 314
1260 Amsterdam Ave. (W. 122nd St.)
New York, NY
(646) 682-7645

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, housed in a turn of the century printing press building.

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.
Piccolo Trattoria on Roosevelt Island is easily accessible from the tram or F train.

Piccolo Trattoria Italian Restaurant
455 Main St.
Roosevelt Island, New York, NY
(212) 753-2300

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:  The Lion’s Head Tavern
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.   The Lion’s Head is a bar down the block near Columbia.

Lion’s Head Tavern
995 Amsterdam Ave. (109th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 866-1030

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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