Most People Don’t Know This Pre-Prohibitition Wisconsin Bar Even Exists And It’s Awesome

Washington Island is a small island of about 700 people off the tip of Door County. Like the rest of Door County, it’s mostly visited by tourists in the summer. You have to take a ferry ride from the mainland just to get there. But there’s a pretty amazing little state secret hidden up there, as well. Nelsen’s Hall and Bitters Pub is Wisconsin’s longest continuously running tavern. It holds another distinction, as well. They are the world’s single largest purveyor of bitters, that dark brown, tangy liquid we most associate with a few drops shaken into the bottom of an Old Fashioned glass to help muddle the sugar.

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