Menger Bar
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Bar which has changed little since the days when Teddy Roosevelt recruited his Rough Riders here.
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  • Terry K
    Burlington, Vermont144 contributions
    Quaint, beautiful historic.
    Beautiful old bar, wonderful nice staff. Much smaller than I thought. Very rich with history. Unfortunately, they no longer sell or allow cigar smoking inside the bar. It would have been great to have a cigar in the same place is Teddy Roosevelt smoked a cigars. Alas, you can buy weed on any street corner, but a gentleman cannot have a fine cigar.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 December 2022
  • Joe
    307 contributions
    Great little historic bar
    Great bar to drop off for a drink or some snacks. The bar is really nice and a replica of the bar in the a House of Lords in London, UK. Well worth stopping by and if not staying in the hotel I’d recommend having a walk through the Menger lobby as the place is filled with history and is quite unique.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 January 2023
  • amyw2012
    Birmingham, Alabama1,834 contributions
    We took our kids to a bar.
    When I learned about how Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders frequented this bar and there was bully hole put here by Teddy Roosevelt, I wanted to check it out. Lonesome Dove also had scenes filmed here. We took our 3 teens in to check it out. The staff were very friendly and pointed out the bullet hole. It is an historic bar.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 July 2023
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stOOOge
Independence, KS592 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
How historic is the Menger? And the famous Teddy Roosevelt bar. He actually drank in here you know. Hard to believe. Well poured drinks in amazing and historic surroundings. We drank ours outside on the patio on a beautiful autumn evening. Interesting place. Go!
Written 31 October 2023
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amyw2012
Birmingham, AL1,834 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
When I learned about how Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders frequented this bar and there was bully hole put here by Teddy Roosevelt, I wanted to check it out. Lonesome Dove also had scenes filmed here. We took our 3 teens in to check it out. The staff were very friendly and pointed out the bullet hole. It is an historic bar.
Written 11 July 2023
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Gregg P
Somerville, NJ54 contributions
Mar 2023 • Friends
This place is the package deal! Great fresh light food cold beer and fun staff!
The specialty drinks are hand made and served like you’re hanging out with your best friends house.
Written 31 March 2023
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Joe
uk307 contributions
Dec 2022 • Friends
Great bar to drop off for a drink or some snacks. The bar is really nice and a replica of the bar in the a House of Lords in London, UK. Well worth stopping by and if not staying in the hotel I’d recommend having a walk through the Menger lobby as the place is filled with history and is quite unique.
Written 2 January 2023
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Terry K
Burlington, VT144 contributions
Dec 2022 • Solo
Beautiful old bar, wonderful nice staff. Much smaller than I thought. Very rich with history. Unfortunately, they no longer sell or allow cigar smoking inside the bar. It would have been great to have a cigar in the same place is Teddy Roosevelt smoked a cigars. Alas, you can buy weed on any street corner, but a gentleman cannot have a fine cigar.
Written 12 December 2022
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AaronFWA
Angola, IN992 contributions
Nov 2022
Bar room is very historic and the tacos we had for lunch were delicious...worth seeing the beautiful hotel as well
Written 15 November 2022
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O2046HElindaw
Tempe, AZ193 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
A must while in San Antonio. History was made here by Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders...also good drinks, nice ambience
Written 28 October 2022
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Josephine H
New York City, NY44 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Really cool historic places with great drinks. Not super lively but more of an intimate cozy spot. Bartenders all super nice too.
Written 25 September 2022
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Stella
2 contributions
Sep 2022 • Friends
While the Menger bar is a stunning historic bar, I am surprised it has been rated as one of the top 10 historic bars in the U.S. which is dissing numerous similar bars that are more deserving. The claim that it is a replica of the House of Lords pub in London, is a fact but this is not a pub. There are no beers on draught and if you have ever visited the UK or are British, bottled beer only, without any British offerings is an abomination. Seeing no quality bottled beers (beers on tap was a bar raised too high) I ordered a Moscow mule. A proper mule is shaken in a cocktail shaker, what I was served was a watered down half shot with a splash of ginger beer. Patrons deserve better. At least start with Texas beers on tap with a UK offering or two, and get your cocktails on with some proper experience.
Written 24 September 2022
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Kevin B
Mount Juliet, TN2,086 contributions
Mar 2022
The Menger Bar is a definite stop when you're visiting the hotel and it's such a comfy place to stay and have a drink. The bar is relatively small, but it has 2 floors, which gives it a bit more room than expected. We enjoyed our drinks and you have to love all of the Teddy Roosevelt/Rough Riders memorabilia given that he recruited people to joint the Rough Riders in this bar (how can you not love that). Definitely check this out when you're in the area!
Written 25 August 2022
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