Historic U.S. bars in Bucket List Bars

The best bars you probably haven't been to

There is nothing new under the sun.

But where drinking is concerned, maybe that's good.

Consider Bucket List Bars ($17), a recently published book by Dr. Clint Lanier and Derek Hembree that documents the country's long-forgotten taverns, halls and bars. And we mean long-forgotten: Some of the featured bars date as far back as the 18th century, a time that shaped the States' drink culture.

The places the book highlights are monuments of living history, unlike the contents of many of the dusty cocktail tomes that share Bucket List Bars' genre. Read about the Old '76 House in Tappan, New York, a drinking hall that doubled as a meeting place for generals during the Revolutionary War. The bar serves ales made in an 18th-century style, as well as shrubs, the latest resurrected bartending trend.

The authors are updating the collection online as well, with videos and new entries. For example, Atomic Liquors, the oldest freestanding bar in Las Vegas, is set to reopen under new ownership by the end of the month. Lanier and Hembree are chronicling Atomic Liquors' relaunch on Bucket List Bars' website.

History, it seems, is the ultimate trendsetter.