Pittsburgh March 02, 2018
The Oldest Bar Near Pittsburgh Has A Fascinating History
History’s just about everywhere you look in the Burgh. Stroll around downtown when you’ve got some spare time. You’ll encounter plenty of historical landmarks, restaurants, and other attractions that have their own tales to tell. Even Pittsburgh’s bars have their own storied histories. We’ve already journeyed to The
Original Oyster House (the city’s oldest restaurant) and Park Tavern (Pittsburgh’s oldest bar). Today, let’s go to Jean Bonnet Tavern, perhaps the oldest bar near Pittsburgh.
Jean Bonnet Tavern in Bedford has beckoned weary travelers and diners since 1762.
Farmers often gathered at the tavern during the early 1790's. In fact, they protested there after the government decided to tax "distilled spirits" in 1794.
General George Washington and his troops passed the historic tavern during the American Revolution. Later, President Washington would send troops, passing through Bedford, to Pittsburgh during the Whiskey Rebellion.
Local legend also tells of a man, a frequent visitor to Jean Bonnet, who was hanged at the tavern. That may or may not be what led to the paranormal activity that began at the tavern in the late 1950's.
Both the tavern
and the restaurant have had multiple strange occurrences over the years.
The man who had been hung? A bartender and her friend, after locking the empty bar and taking a drunk patron home, returned.
Now, a man sat at the bar, nursing a drink. When the bartender and her friend approached the bar, he disappeared. A search of the premises turned up empty.
Jean Bonnet Tavern attracts visitors for its history
and for its food and drink. The tavern serves an array of craft beers, ales, and wines.
The food menu features such popular dishes as wings, burgers, battered cod, and the BBQ pork sandwich.
Jean Bonnet Tavern's kitchen is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Weekend hours run Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Jean Bonnet Tavern
6048 Lincoln Highway
Bedford, PA 15522
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