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.