Bars where Pete has had a Drink (3,198 bars; 1,474 bars in Seattle):
Bars where Pete has had a drink
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
#1257 - McCoy's Tavern, Olympia, WA - 10/14/2010
McCoy's Tavern is a grand old dive on a block full of bars. I chatted about the place with current owner, Ian, a real-life Lebowski-style Dude. Ian was a substitute teacher for a while, but "it was not my bag." The bar is fairly large, with a pleasantly aging clutter of bric-a-brac on the walls and regular customers on the stools.
Ian thought the bar dates back to '47, or maybe '52, but city guides list it as "Frank's Place" at least until 1954 -- it was Frank's Place since at least 1936. A Korean War vet bought it from McCoy in the 60s, and owned with only a brief exception until he sold it to Ian about 10 years ago. The bar abides.