Oldest Pubs Bars in the World

Claims and counterclaims, which is the oldest Pub or Bar in the world??

Excluding the ruins of Pompeii, we should concentrate on establishments that are still operating today! Here is a list we have sourced. Perhaps you know of others? Please let us know.

The Royal Standard of England claims to be the oldest 'Freehouse' pub in England. An interesting quote from their history records - The last Danish Viking raids along the river Thames were in 1009 and 1010. They attacked from their longboats.   Our Saxon alehouse survived the raids in the Dark Ages because of its secluded location just out of reach of the Thames. Vikings, Saxons, yes this place is old! Oh and before I forget they have their own micro-brewery as well!
Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar est. 1722
This wooden shack is reputed to be the oldest structure used as a bar in New Orleans. Also rumoured to be the site of the Lafitte Brothers’ Barataria smuggling operation.
White Horse Tavern est. 1673 - Newport, Rhode Island
A private home from 1652 to 1673, it is called the White Horse Tavern because back in the day not everyone could read, and a white horse signified a tavern. It also lays a claim to be the birthplace of the modern business lunch. In 1708 city councillors had lunch here and charged their meals to the public treasury.
Hatchet Inn -- est. 1606 - Bristol UK
The Hatchet Inn is believed to be named for the many local woodsmen that frequented it. Locals suggest that underneath layers of paint, one of the doors is coated in human flesh.
Hofbräuhaus -- est. 1589 - Munich, Germany
Founded by the Duke of Bavaria, this brewery is now owned by the Bavarian state government. What do Mozart, Lenin, and Hitler all have in common? They loved the Hofbräuhaus. Also, during the Thirty Years’ War in 1632, King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden invaded Bavaria and threatened to burn Munich to the ground… but agreed to nix that plan if the city surrendered some hostages -- and 600,000 barrels of Hofbräuhaus beer.
Ye Olde Mitre Tavern - est. 1546 - Holborn, England
Originally a watering hole for the hired help (the servants of the Bishops of Ely), this place is most famous for housing a cherry tree that Queen Elizabeth once danced around with Sir Christopher Hatton. Martyrs and traitors and thieves and whoever were hung pretty much on its doorstep, as you would, nice pub and all. Modern equivalent to the Sports T.V. screen!
Herberg Vlissinghe - est. 1515 - Bruges, Belgium
This bar was a fave hangout for artists. Local legend has it that Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens dined and dashed here by painting a fake coin on the table
Al Brindisi - est. 1435 - Ferrara, Italy
Guinness book of records calls this wine bar the oldest Osteria in the world. Copernicus - yes the one and only astronomer who worked out that the sun was the centre of the universe - lived upstairs and was a regular here. Yes it is THAT OLD!!
Zum Franziskaner - est. 1421 - Stockholm, Sweden
This beer cellar and restaurant was imported to Sweden by German monks who had above average business sense for the time!. Today, it features an eclectic mix of German and Swedish specialties.
Brauhaus Sion - est. 1318 - Cologne, Germany
The specialty at this establishment is their Kölsch beer which, much like champagne, is a local delicacy that must be brewed exclusively in and around Cologne to be called a Kölsch. The only thing that ever got between this brewery’s wonderful beer and a thirsty German was WWII In 1942 it was totally destroyed, and couldn’t be rebuilt until 1951
Kyteler's Inn - est. 1324 - Kilkenny, Ireland
We can’t even imagine the amount of Irish ales and stouts that have been poured inside these walls. Founder Alice de Kyteler married four times, getting richer with each divorce - that pattern has not changed over time. She was eventually accused of witchcraft and sentenced to burn at the stake, but escaped to England before that could happen.
Ye Olde Man & Scythe - est. 1251 - Bolton, England
This pub’s name derives from the crest of the Pilkington family that owned it. Legend has it that an ancestor, being persecuted after Norman Conquest, disguised himself as a Scyther and escaped.
James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby, had his last meal here before stepping outside to be beheaded for his involvement in the Bolton Massacre (when royal led forces stormed the town and killed over 1,600 people). We hope the food was good.
The Brazen Head - est. 1198 - Dublin Ireland
A former coach house this establishment was favoured by many famous Irish 'Names' - notable examples include James Joyce, Brendan Behan, Jonathan Swift, Robert Emmet, and Wolfe Tone.
Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem - est. 1189 - Nottingham, England
Supposedly, crusaders on their way to the Holy Land liked to make a stop here, and it is rumoured (as always) that Richard the Lionheart quaffed had a pint here. Apparently ist haunted, if you are into such 'woo' factors. It backs onto a network of caves, which were used as a brewery as far back as the 11th century. One cave is used as one of the drinking areas.
The Bingley Arms - est. 953 - North Leeds England
This pub also lays claim to be the oldest in Britain. While official records say it opened in 953AD, evidence suggests it may go back as far as 905AD.
Sean’s Bar - est. 900 - Athlone Ireland
Here is a claim for the oldest pub in Ireland, but they go a bit further and suggest, possibly the world'. Renovations found that the walls were made from wattle and wicker. An odd bit of trivia - Boy George owned Sean’s in 1987