ST. ELMO BAR
WELCOME TO THE LEGENDARY ST. ELMO BAR: A TIME CAPSULE OF WILD WEST REVELRY
Bisbee's Heartbeat: Brewery Gulch and Its Crown Jewel
Nestled in the historic town of Bisbee, Arizona, the St. Elmo Bar stands as a living relic of the Wild West. Founded in the late 19th century, this establishment has witnessed the boisterous heyday of Brewery Gulch, a once vibrant nightlife district with a staggering 47 saloons at its peak in 1880. The St. Elmo Bar, enduring through the decades, encapsulates the spirit of an era defined by miners, cowboys, and the unbridled energy of frontier life.
A Portal to History: Bisbee Tours and St. Elmo's Story
Immersive experiences by Bisbee Tours offer a gateway into this rich past. These tours, navigating Brewery Gulch and beyond, pay homage to landmarks like the Copper Queen Mine, pivotal in Bisbee's transformation. A highlight remains the St. Elmo Bar, where tales of Bisbee's haunted history and folklore come alive, adding a layer of intrigue to the ambiance.
Prohibition and Persistence: The St. Elmo Bar's Evolution
Since its establishment in 1902, St. Elmo Bar has weathered numerous societal changes, notably Prohibition. Adapting as a soda shop during these dry years, it now proudly holds the title of Arizona's longest continuously operating bar. Its walls, resonating with history, have hosted famous figures such as John Wayne and Charlie Sheen. Its designation as a "historic dive bar" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation further cements its significance.
A Galaxy Far, Far in Bisbee: The Bar's Unique Ambiance
Owner Phil Yossem describes the bar's atmosphere as akin to "Star Wars'" Mos Eisley Cantina—a place brimming with character and diversity. Its decor is a kaleidoscope of memorabilia: vintage posters, eclectic license plates, hunting trophies, neon lights, and even authentic bullet holes. Each element contributes to the bar's unparalleled persona.
Ghosts of the Gulch: Legendary Patrons and Signature Drinks
The St. Elmo Bar is more than a drinking establishment—it's a cultural nexus where the past and present converge. Visitors often feel the ghostly presence of historical figures like Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. A must-try is their famed Bloody Mary, uniquely spiked with "chili water" for an adventurous twist.
A Playground for the Spirited: Entertainment at St. Elmo
The bar's quirky character extends to its offerings: a claw vending machine filled with toys, classic arcade games like Ms. Pacman, and multiple TVs for sports enthusiasts. A stage and dance floor beckon weekend party-goers, ensuring that the spirit of Brewery Gulch's lively past continues to thrive.
Discovering Bisbee's Charm: An Invitation to St. Elmo Bar
Whether you're a newcomer or a regular, the St. Elmo Bar promises a discovery with every visit. Its blend of history, culture, and entertainment epitomizes the essence of Bisbee. Join the journey through Bisbee Tours, and etch your own story into the annals of this legendary establishment.