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March 14, 2016

The Big Tap: Historic Bars Tournament 2016 Tip Off

With its Cinderella stories and unpredictable outcomes, the NCAA Tournament ensures March is always a month where history is made. But if basketball’s Big Dance isn’t quite your thing, we’re spiking the proverbial punchbowl with our second-annual Big Tap: Historic Bars Tournament.

For those not in the know, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has spent the last two years cataloging this great nation’s well-weathered watering holes—from decrepit dives to luxurious lounges and everywhere in between. But fun as it is, the coast-to-coast crawl is merely a preface to the true post-season party.

Each March, we group the most compelling participants from the previous 12 months into a NCAA Tournament-style, single-elimination competition. Every few days, our readers sip and stumble their way through a new round of matchups, casting their coveted votes for their favorite suds shacks along the way.

Can’t remember which joints you really liked? We understand. Our bracket reintroduces each bar at the party, so you can be confident you’re making good choices. And with a recap of each round, you’ll never feel like you’re missing out, even if you head home early.

When the competition is completely tapped, only one establishment will be left standing.

Who will it be this year? Browse the bracket and start casting your votes now.

The Big Tap: Historic Bars Tournament 2016: Round One is Under Way!

We've picked 32 historic bars from around the country to compete in a NCAA Tournament-style competition to determine America's favorite old-school watering hole. It's time to review the competitors and select your favorites!

David Weible is the content specialist at the National Trust, previously with Preservation and Outside magazines. His interest in historic preservation was inspired by the ‘20s-era architecture, streetcar neighborhoods, and bars of his hometown of Cleveland.

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