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Bars and Taverns Have Been a Huge Part of Quincy

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I overheard a conversation the other day about how there used to be a bar or tavern on every corner of Quincy at one time. Obviously that wasn’t true, but there were quite a few establishments in Quincy in years past. It got me to thinking about just how many places there are in the City of Quincy today where one can buy alcohol?

So I contacted City Hall, where licenses for these establishments are issued, to get my answer. Including bars, taverns, nightclubs, convenience and grocery stores there are 136 locations where you can purchase alcohol within the city limits of Quincy. So maybe I should update my previous statement to say that there are quite a few establishments in Quincy now, not just in the past.

The corner pubs all had their own character and actually were a part of their neighborhoods as well. In some cases they still are. The names of them were also quite interesting with stories behind them as well. Some have had multiple names over the years. The bars themselves could probably tell a million stories if they could speak.

I know the actual wooden bar at Mr. Bill’s, formerly known as Zimm’s, was built back in the 1800’s. It’s classic. Is it the oldest bar in town? I am sure there are a few others that I am not aware of. So what are some of the bar names currently and in the past that you can remember?

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