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Saturday, May 01, 2010

#1086 - Charlie's Sports Bar, Montesano WA - 4/29/2010

From the hand-painted sign out front to the Nascar promotional stuff in the windows, to the cracking paint of the VFW hall that surrounds it, nothing about Charlie's prepares you for the bar you'll find inside. I refer not to the business, but to the physical bar itself, a huge, antique, mahogany bar that runs for 20-some feet along the back wall of the surprisingly large barroom.

Tara the bartender informed me that the bar was shipped to the west coast and its current location "some time between 1910 and 1913," and the location had been a saloon for at least a few years before that. I couldn't find any real information about the bar (either the institution or the physical bar) online, but I'll need to keep researching a bit.

Online listings refer to the bar as both "Charlie's Tavern" and "Charlie's Cavern," but "Charlie's Sports Bar" is what the signs out front say and which Tara confirmed was the current name.

313 S. Main St., Montesano, WA 98563

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