These historic Phoenix bars are still great places to get a drink

Bars are havens for epic tales, sharing of secrets and making memories that stand the test of time, thanks in no small part to liquid courage courtesy of Milwaukee, Jalisco, Burgundy and Kentucky. And if the walls could talk at these bars, which are among the oldest in the city still shaking, stirring and pouring, they’d spill a lot of tea.

So, pull up a seat and order something stiff at the most historic drinking establishments in the Valley.

Harold’s Cave Creek Corral

Patrons enjoy food and beverage at Harold's Cave Creek Corral.

Year opened: 1935

With an original owner named Johnny Walker, how could this bar not have staying power? Walker’s effort to serve workers building the Bartlett Dam evolved into a beloved watering hole named after Harold Gavagan, who bought it from Walker. The tales about lions and tigers caged in the back room and whispers about Gavagan signaling closing time by firing his gun into the air only added to the legendary attraction that has drawn movie stars and country singers to the humble bar over the years. And good luck finding an open seat during football season as it’s known as “Heinz Field West,” one of the biggest Pittsburgh Steelers bars outside of Pennsylvania.

Details: 6895 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek. 480-488-1906,

1889 Saloon at The Stockyards

The 1889 Saloon at The Stockyards.

Year opened: 1947

Located on the site of what was the largest cattle feedlot in the world when it opened 75 years ago, this saloon and steakhouse began as a way to feed the workers at the packing house owned by cattle baron Edward A. Tovrea. In 1953, a fire all but destroyed the building, but the bar reopened after a year-long renovation and guests can once again see the original murals along, chandeliers and hand-carved custom mahogany bar. In 2004, an extensive revamp earned the building a place on the Phoenix Historical Register.