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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

#1795 - Three Fingered Jack's Saloon, Winthrop, WA - 5/26/2012

Three-Fingered Jack's Saloon, Winthrop, WA - est. 1972
On its web site and on a large sign hanging inside, Three Fingered Jack's bills itself as "The oldest legal saloon in Washington state." This has led various visitors and articles to assume that it is one of the oldest bars in the state. But in fact this designation refers back only to Aug 16, 1979, when the Washington State Liquor Control Board made it legal to use the word "saloon" in a bar's signs and ads for the first time since statewide prohibition. (The bar received a citation for using the word in their sign when they opened in 1972.) A life dating back to the early 1970s is a considerable accomplishment for a bar, but of course it does not put it among the oldest bars in the state.

(BTW, the current Winthrop Town Hall stands in a building constructed in 1891 to host Guy Waring's long running Duck Brand Saloon.)

 Like the rest of the the town of Winthrop, Jack's is designed in an old west theme. In 1972 the town decided to remake itself in a thematic way, to attract tourists off the new Highway 20. It's now a touristy but charming place, in the northeast corner of the scenic Cascade Loop, where Mule Deer wander onto the roads. Jack's is a fairly large place with a sort of lodge feel and a lively crowd in the bar. They have a decent selection of beers, basic cocktails and fairly good bar food (burgers, steaks, pizzas, etc.).

176 Riverside Ave, Winthrop, WA 98862 - 509-996-2411
Est. 1972
Previous bars in this location: Winthrop Pool Hall
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Reviews: yelp - tripadvisor - urbanspoon - travbuddy

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