Silver Dollar Saloon in Leadville, Colorado
Fugitive John Henry "Doc" Holliday, who famously killed a policeman to avoid paying a $5 debt, was a regular at this bar, dealing cards, swigging drinks, and tapping out tunes at a piano in the back room.
flick.com via amayzing
Inside the Silver Dollar Saloon
While there's been a piano on the premises since the Silver Dollar opened in 1879, these days the bar's outlaw patrons have been replaced by beer aficionados and foodies, who stop by the original mahogany bar for Doc's Omelette or a refreshing Fat Tire ale.
flickr.com via larry1732
White Elephant Saloon in Fort Worth, Texas
A bar brawl for the ages, the famous gunfight between White Elephant owner Luke Short and Fort Worth Sheriff "Longhair Jim" Courtright took place at this timeless tap house. Opened in the 1890s in Hell's Half Acre, the bar eventually moved to the historic Fort Worth Stockyards.
Inside the White Elephant Saloon
While the White Elephant is now best known for its Texas Red Chili and live music, its Wild West past lives on; in fact, the long-lost lawman Courtright is rumored to haunt the saloon to this day.
flickr.com via atxjen
The Buckhorn Saloon in Pinos Altos, New Mexico
Purveyor of pints since the 1860s, this mountaintop saloon in the former mining town of Pinos Altos has long been a gathering place, where diners can enjoy live music and good food in a surprisingly elegant setting.
flickr.com via Tom Blackwell
Pinos Altos Opera House
Behind the rough-and-tumble exterior of the neighboring opera house lies an intimate performance venue, complete with a full bar, which draws revelers and musicians. It's also available for private events.
flickr.com via thetravelgal
Occidental Saloon and Hotel in Buffalo, Wyoming
Inside the Occidental Saloon and Hotel
Big Nose Kate's Saloon in Tombstone, Arizona
Built in 1880 as the Grand Hotel, this historic establishment frequented by the likes of outlaw Doc Holliday and the Clanton Gang burned down just two years later. It was then reconstructed and is now operated as Big Nose Kate's Saloon.
flickr.com via lightcraft
Inside Big Nose Kate's Saloon
Named after Mary Katherine Horony-Cummings, the common-law wife of outlaw Holliday, the saloon—which contains the original long bar from the short-lived Grand Hotel—serves Southwestern cuisine and draft beers, and hosts Wild West reenactments.
flickr.com via hazeliis
The Salty Dawg Saloon in Homer, Alaska
Inside the Salty Dawg Saloon
It wasn't until 1957 that the structure became—and has remained—a saloon. Novel touches include a lighthouse that was built to cover a water tower, and the thousands of dollar bills on its walls, tacked there by loyal patrons over the years.
flickr.com via jsmjr
Crystal Palace Saloon in Tombstone, Arizona
Local notables like U.S. Deputy Marshal Virgil Earp and gunshot wound expert Dr. George Goodfellow all swung through the doors of this cheery redbrick drinking hole in Tombstone that served its first drink in 1879 as the Golden Eagle Brewery.
flickr.com via carolinadoug
Inside the Crystal Palace Saloon
Another character who haunted this establishment was gunfighter Buckskin Frank Leslie, known for his trademark buckskin jacket and his deadly blows, who did a short stint as a night watchman.
Pioneer Saloon in Goodsprings, Nevada
Though featured as a backdrop in films like "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and "The Mexican," Pioneer Saloon enjoys a vibrant life in the real world as a popular stop for barbecue or a spirited game of horseshoes.
flickr.com via hawk59
Carole Lombard Memorial at Pioneer Saloon
After the crash of the airplane carrying his wife, Carole Lombard, and 21 others in 1942, it is said that Clark Gable drank his sorrows away in this historic saloon, where he waited for news of her fate.
flickr.com via travelnevada
The Historic Montana Bar in Miles City, Montana
A "contemporary" touch that anchors this tavern firmly in the prime of the 20th century, a Montana-shaped neon sign welcomes thirsty visitors to this time-honored 1908 watering hole that still has its original Italian tile floor and embossed tin ceiling.
Inside the Historic Montana Bar
Reminders of its earlier days include mounted steer heads, the original stand-up bar, a double-drawer National Cash Register from 1914, and a bullet hole in a glass panel at the bar's entrance, a memento from a customer whose gun fired accidentally.
flickr.com via exitlines
Bucket of Blood in Virginia City, Nevada
Despite its sinister-sounding name and the fact that it got its start in the aftermath of a tragedy—the bar opened in the wake of the Great Fire of 1875, which claimed more than 1,000 local establishments—Bucket of Blood has a reputation as a good-time hangout.
flickr.com via aresauburnphotos
Inside Bucket of Blood Saloon
Patrons know and love the saloon for its bar crawls, annual chili cook-off, and live music from the house band, David John and the Comstock Cowboys.
flickr.com via kohaver
Old Style Saloon No. 10 in Deadwood, South Dakota
Saloon No. 10 is famous for the 171 types of bourbons, scotches, and whiskeys on its menu, and infamous as the site of a dastardly deed. In 1876, the same year the saloon was built, Wild Bill Hickok met his demise here at the hands of assassin Jack McCall, who shot the Western legend in the back of the head.
Related: The Best Tiny Towns in Every State
flickr.com via baggis
Remembering Wild Bill Hickok at Saloon No. 10
Get the help you need for the home you want—sign up for the Bob Vila newslettertoday!