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Favorite Bars in the Coal Region

There has never been a shortage of drinking establishments in the Coal Region. The response to this poll was so large and varied, I had a hard time determining a winner. The truth is they are all winners, even if they no longer exist. Each provides us with good times and great memories of our Coal Region heritage.

Here's the Top Ten....

  1. Club 18 - Pottsville
    The winner! A popular place for many years. At Club 18, no one is allowed to order a mixed drink in which the ingredients are not included in the name of the drink (e.g. rum'n coke = yes, sea breeze = no). Standing room only for Penn State vs. Notre Dame games.
  2. Benny's - Girardville
    A gathering place for generations until it closed in the late 1970's. Lots of people submitted fond memories of Benny and Josephine. The building now houses "Malloy's Ale House", another fine tavern.
  3. RJ's - Shenandoah
    Good friends, good food, good beer. And it's in Chendo (so the locals can crawl home). What more d'yiz want, da frick??
  4. The Coal Hole - Shamokin
    The Coal Hole fries are outta dis world!
  5. Gonda's Elbow Room - Wilkes-Barre
    Home of the Gonda Guzzler and the Gonda Cherry Bomb. And squirt bottle shots.
  6. The Corner Lounge - Kulpmont
    Too many memories to pick just one!
  7. Pirate's Club - Mahanoy City
    Good place to hear live music. Now a retirement home.
  8. Black Diamond - Frackville
    "Boris's where I met my lovely wife, Black Diamond where I lost her!" Great hot wings.
  9. Took One's - Tamaqua
    Popcorn, peanuts, pickled eggs, and sausage. And people standing on bar stools, singing. Closed in the late 1980's.
  10. Sand Castle Cafe - St. Clair
    A 12 oz. draft for 50 cents during Happy Hour.
Honorable Mention
  • A & B - Shenandoah
  • Al's - Ringtown
  • The Alley - Pottsville (now closed)
  • American Hose Co. - Mt. Carmel
  • American Legion - Cressona
  • AmVets - Shenandoah
  • AmVets - Lansford
  • AmVets - Ashland
  • Andrukaitas's - Tamaqua
  • Aunt Bea's - Barnesville
  • Battered Mug - Hazleton
  • Bavarian Summer Festival - Lakewood Park
  • Bell's - ???
  • Bill's Tavern - Shamokin
  • Blind Bob's Corner - Shenandoah
  • The Blu Tavern - Llewellyn
  • Blue Arrow Bar - Lower Askam
  • The Blue Moon - Sheppton
  • The Blue Room - Lansford
  • Bluis's Bar - New Minersville
  • Bob & Gail's - Cressona
  • Boblick's Café - Locust Gap
  • Bonanza Bar - Minersville
  • Bonka's - Wilkes-Barre (corner East Elm and Madison)
  • Boris's (now RJ's) - Shenandoah
  • The Bottlers - Jermyn
  • Brady Hose House - Brady
  • Brass Tap - Pottsville
  • Brevo's - Shenandoah
  • Brownie's (on the Riviera) - Ashland (parking lot next to the sh*t crick)
  • Bubba's - Gowen City
  • The Bug House - Pottsville. A nickname for the J&S Bar.
  • Buckhorn - St. Clair
  • Bushick's Café (now the Brook Side Restaurant & Pub) - Park Place
  • Butala's - McAdoo
  • The Carousel Bar - bet. Brandonville and Sheppton
  • Catholic War Vets - Pottsville
  • Celebrity Club - Frackville
  • Centralia Hosey - Centralia
  • Changes - Tamaqua
  • Charles Dickens Pub - Kulpmont
  • Charlie's - Girardville
  • Chaz Warcola's Bar - Buck Run
  • Chi Chi's - Branchdale
  • Chick's - Gordon
  • Chubbins (formerly Gurski's) - Mahanoy City
  • Clark's - Avoca
  • Clogger's - Lavelle
  • Clover Hose Co. - Mt. Carmel
  • Club 122 - bet. Kulpmont and Ranshaw
  • Club 19 - Minersville
  • Coal Street Café - Shenandoah
  • Conn's Garden - Shamokin (no longer exists)
  • Corner Café - Hazleton
  • Corner Tavern - ???
  • Corrigan's (later Thomas's) - Locust Dale
  • Cosgrove's Club House - Scranton
  • Cuffy's - Shenandoah
  • Cusat's (aka Bellhops) - Hazleton
  • D & D - Schuylkill Haven
  • Da Bar - St. Clair
  • Davey Eye's Bar - Girardville
  • Davie's - Mahanoy City
  • Dick's - Pottsville
  • Donchak's - Shenandoah
  • Dover's - Mahanoy City
  • Downtowne Tavern - Schuylkill Haven
  • Dusselfink - Deer Lake (now closed)
  • The Dutch House - Orwigsburg
  • Dutchie's Hose Co. - Mahanoy City
  • Eagle Rock - Hazleton
  • El Paso - Trevorton
  • Eva's - Coaldale
  • F & S - Shamokin
  • The Famous - Pottsville
  • Fannie's - outside Minersville
  • Faust Café - Coal Township
  • Fifth Street Café - Minersville
  • The 500 Club - Shenandoah
  • Flaherty's Drinking Establishment - Kingston
  • Fox Hole - Hazleton
  • Franny's - Forestville
  • The Fuzzy Bunny - Gratz
  • Gabriel's - Hazleton Heights
  • Garden Lounge - Fairlane Village Mall
  • Gaydon's - Shamokin
  • Gobaita's Tavern - Cressona
  • Good Fellowship Club - Ashland
  • Greenbury Inn - bet. Gordon and Minersville
  • The Gun Club - St. Clair
  • Gutsie's - Mahanoy City
  • Hardshell Bar - Shamokin
  • Harry's Bar and Grill - Shamokin
  • Haskin's Bar - Pottsville
  • Havrilla's - West Hazleton
  • Helen's - Mahanoy City
  • Helen's - Shoentown
  • Hemerka's Bar - Bunker Hill
  • Hibernian House - Girardville
  • Hillside Tavern - Bunker Hill
  • Home Plate Bar - Shamokin
  • Homiak's - Mt. Carmel
  • Hucklebucks - Pottsville
  • Hymie's - Mahanoy City
  • Iggy's Bar - Greenbury
  • Innsbrook South (rotating bar) - bet. Brandonville and Sheppton
  • The J-Bar - Shenandoah
  • Jackie Williams's - St. Clair
  • Jack's Bar - Tremont
  • Jakes - Minersville
  • James' Café - Shamokin
  • Jan Sobieski Club - Kulpmont
  • Jennie's Bar - Mary D.
  • Jockey's - Trescow
  • Joe Mirack's (Morrack's?) (Joe's Bar) - Shamokin
  • John Curran's Café - Pittston
  • John's - Hazleton
  • Jones's Bar - Locust Dale
  • Joyce's Café - Ashland
  • Julian's Bar - Pottsville/Mt. Carbon
  • Kazzy's - Lansford
  • Kenesky's Bar - Barnesville
  • Keystone Volunteer Fire Co. - ???
  • Kid Charlies - Shenandoah
  • Kirelavich's - Frackville
  • Knights of Columbus - Girardville
  • Kulich's Oval Bar - St. Clair, on north Second Street.
  • Lagana's Sportsman Café - Lattimer Mines
  • Lamp Post - Hazleton
  • Lazarchik's (aka The Lazy L) - Minersville
  • Lena's Arch Casino - Kulpmont
  • Lil Doc's - Coal Township
  • Lil's Valley Tavern - Fountain Springs
  • Lockwood's - Trescow
  • The Log Cabin - Pottsville
  • The Log Cabin - Drums
  • Lost Creek West End Fire House - Lost Creek
  • Lou Michael's Saloon - Pittston
  • Louie's - Shenandoah
  • The Lyric - Shenandoah
  • Maher's - Shenandoah
  • Malloy's Ale House - Girardville
  • Marie's - Girardville
  • Marko Townhouse - Ashland
  • Marrone's - Girardville
  • Mary's Friendly Tavern - Ashland
  • Masciantonio's (Mashy's) - Atlas
  • Melody Bar - Shenandoah
  • Mickey Gannon's - Scranton
  • Mikita's - Ringtown
  • Miser's - Mahanoy City
  • Molly's - Locust Gap (recently burned down)
  • Moran's 2 - Pittston Township
  • Morrisson's - Carbondale
  • Mother's - Mahanoy City
  • Mt. Bethel Inn - Mt. Bethel
  • New Minersville Hosey - New Minersville
  • Nolter's - Coal Township
  • The Oasis - Pottsville
  • O'Brien's Pizza and Pub - Shamokin
  • O'Neill's Bar - Fountain Springs
  • The Other Side - Freeland
  • Palo Alto Fire Company - Palo Alto
  • Par 4 Café - Wilkes-Barre
  • Paskey's - Shenandoah
  • Paul's - Frackville
  • Pepsi Joe's - Mahanoy City
  • Pete Scherlinski's - Mt. Carmel
  • Pinky's Bar - Mt. Carmel
  • Pollock's Café - Ashley
  • The Pub - Ashland
  • Rafferty's - Tamaqua
  • Rainbow Café - Ranshaw
  • Rainbow Hose Co. - Schuylkill Haven
  • Ratskelter - Mahanoy City
  • Razzi's Bar - Girardville; bathroom (the "Used Beer Dept") consisted of a hole in the floor.
  • Revello's - Old Forge
  • River Café (The Rat) - Mahanoy City
  • Road's End - Hazleton
  • Rod and Gun Club - Mahanoy City
  • Rokoz's - Minersville
  • Roman's - Frackville
  • Rompalo's - Cumbola
  • Rostas's Café - Hazleton
  • Roy Sanders's - Shamokin
  • Russian Club - Coaldale (or Lansford)
  • Ruzzi's Bar - Minersville
  • The Saloon - Wilkes-Barre
  • Pop Semanchyk's - bet. Brandonville and Hazleton
  • Senape's Tavern - Hazleton
  • Sen's Bar - Mar Lin
  • Shakey Jellans - Shenandoah
  • Sher-Miss Café - Shamokin
  • Simm's Bar - ???
  • Sisko's - Lansford
  • Skinny's Parkway Bar - Schuylkill Haven
  • Skumins Bar - Shenandoah
  • Sluzi's - Girardville
  • Souchack's - Mahanoy City
  • Sparky's - Minersville
  • Spernoga's Hide-A-Way - Wilkes-Barre
  • Spinghetti's - Weston
  • The Sports Zoo - Lansford
  • Stan-Lee Bar - Shamokin
  • Strong Fire Company - Strong
  • Students Café - Lansford
  • Supreme's Long Bar - Shenandoah
  • Tamaqua Italian Club - Tamaqua
  • Taxi's - Mahanoy Plane
  • Tellup's Lounge - Minersville
  • Tesse's / Frances's - Barnesville
  • The Tamarak - Fox Hill (Plains)
  • Tiny's Manhole - Kingston
  • Tradewinds - Tower City
  • The Trolley Car - St. Clair
  • Troutman's Café - Llewellyn
  • The Ugly Puss - Frackville
  • VFW - Shenandoah
  • Washington Fire Co. (Hookies) - Ashland)
  • Wayne Hotel - Girardville
  • West End Café (The Wash House) - Shamokin
  • West End Hosey - ??
  • Whitey's - Trevorton
  • Wilson's - Shenandoah
  • Wilson's Place - Brockton
  • The Windsor - Jermyn
  • The Wooden Nickel - Mt. Carmel
  • Yakups Café - Mt. Carmel
  • Yanuzzi's - Hazleton
  • Zoggy's (Bunker Hill Café) - Shamokin
Poll taken in March, 1999
 
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