“Welcome to The Captain Daniel Packer Inne” a local said to us as we sat down at the bar. The unofficial welcome wagon warmed up an old bar in Mystic, Connecticut on a rainy October afternoon. Captain Daniel Packer was a square-rigger captain and purchased the property in 1754 on Water Street on the Mystic River. In the 1700s, the Inne was a necessary stopover for wayfarers traveling between New York and Boston. Capt. Daniel Packer operated a ferry across the river by way of a pulley system (the foundation and hitches for which can still be seen outside of the bar to this day). Travelers would load up their stagecoaches onto the ferry and the pulley system would shuffle them across the river. It seems only fair that dear Daniel would offer his passengers drinks after convincing them to load their horses onto a raft and literally pull them across the river. Don’t worry folks, load up, there will be alcohol at the end. What could possibly go wrong? I’d need a drink after that. Capt. Packer must have been an excellent salesman. Continue reading
Howdy. Thanks for stopping by New Drinks in Old Bars. We’re glad you’re here. Pull up a bar stool. I’m going to tell you the uneventful story about how NDOB was born.
We were in a Gold Rush ghost town in Amador County in Spring 2017. Volcano, California, a self-described “rip-roaring gold town,” was home to 5,000 residents during the Gold Rush in the heart of the 49er trail. It is said that about $100 million in gold had been mined out of the area during its hay-day. Today, Volcano is home to a post office that opened in 1851 and one of the longest operating general stores in CA which opened in 1852. Your one-stop shop for vices and consequences was the Union Billiard Saloon and Boarding House opened their doors in 1880 and also served as the Volcano Justice Court. The town is now home to about 130 residents and a surviving bar: Whiskey Flats Saloon, one of the last historic saloons in the area. The saloon is attached to the St. George Hotel (1862) which was built on the previous footprints of the Eureka Hotel, which burned down in 1853 and the Empire Hotel, which also proceeded to burn down in 1859. The place is now on the National Register of Historic Places.