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What is the oldest bar in continual operation in New Hanover County?

Wayne Faulkner
Barbary Coast

The Barbary Coast is one of several Wilmington locations featured in the David Lynch classic film "Blue Velvet." (StarNews file photo)

The Barbary Coast, 116 S. Front St., Wilmington [Map this], claims to be the oldest continually operating bar in New Hanover County, said Beverly Tetterton of the New Hanover County Public Library. It’s been in operation since 1946.

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5 Responses to “ What is the oldest bar in continual operation in New Hanover County?”

  1. On February 23, 2012 at 8:06 pm chaz wrote:

    Maybe Orton’s if you count occasional closings and name changes..

  2. On February 24, 2012 at 10:35 am barfly wrote:

    It’s my understanding that they are in close running with The Rusty Nail. The Rusty is the oldest full service bar because they have held a liquor license longer than the Barbary.

  3. On February 28, 2012 at 4:18 pm sarah wrote:

    I think it is the Coat of Arms….

  4. On February 29, 2012 at 11:11 pm Jean Swanson Johnson wrote:

    If You count longest ownership I beleive Winnie’s Tavern maybe the oldest. Orton has opened and close more than most. Barbary would be close. But don’t think Buddy Best owned in it 1946. Winnie’s was leased out to three different tennant but ownership remained the same, Winnie Hansley Swanson check tax office. Later Winnie S. Walker. Paul Best maybe be a good contact for that info. Buddy Best and Walter Baltezegar Went to Front Street about the same time. At that time there were three bars in that block.

  5. On March 6, 2012 at 11:18 am Sandy Williams wrote:

    I beleive The Rusty Nail may have The Barbary Coast beat, with the oldest bar in continual operation.

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