Pubs, bars and taverns were the original meetings places for the community. In Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer writes about the historical importance of pubs and bars. Early colonists established the local tavern as a meeting place and it served as a “stand in for absent infrastructure.” The second public building constructed in the U.S. was a public house or “pub.”
Before government buildings existed, pubs served as unofficial gathering places for meetings, legal proceedings and more. Even George Washington, in 1783, offered his send off to the Continental Army at Fraunces Tavern on Pearl Street in New York City. As Taffer writes, that tavern served as a planning spot for our Revolutionary War fighters in 1762. American independence was first discussed in a bar, as was the Bill of Rights.