Ah, the drinking establishments of our youth. When I turned 18, that was the legal drinking age. But to be honest, I didn't go out to bars until I moved to the Binghamton area from my home in Western New York.

I think one of the first bars I regularly spent time at, if not the first bar, was Popeyes in the Northgate Plaza, off Upper Front Street in Binghamton. Of course, that bar is long gone.

I also spent a lot of time at the Esprit/Eclipse when it was in the back of the then-Ramada Inn, as well as The Woods which was just off the Vestal Parkway in front of WICZ-TV Fox 40. Below is what it looks like now. Just an empty space with a Cheers sign.

Former Power & Light-Woods-Scandals
Google Maps Street View

The only thing left there is a sign for Cheers that never came to be. I wonder who owns that property and sign, and why is the sign still there decades later? Just one of my burning questions.

Anyway, I asked this on social media - "Without saying your age, what is one bar you hung out at in your 20s in the Southern Tier?" Did I get any responses? Well, that's an understatement. I sure did. Over 1000 responses.

Here's a small sampling of some of those responses, many of these bars are no longer around, and for the complete list, visit our Facebook page.

Mike B. - Mosquito Lounge
Tom D. Yondas, Pine Lounge, Scotch and Sirloin, The OP, College Inn
Connie D. - Our Little Corner
Ken D.  - Flying Machine, a legend of a place!
Bill B. - Uncle Andy's

George S. - Bobby Dees (below, I think?), Raven Pub, Popeyes, and the ones on Clinton Street

Former Bobby Dees
Google Maps Street View - Former Bobby Dees

Nancy B. - Cork-n-Bottle
Jim K. - Oakland Inn
Valerie P. - Nichols Hotel
Tom B. - Irish's State Line Tavern
Dennis M. - Reds Good Luck in Conklin and State Line in Corbettsville

Jenna G. - Bar 607 (former location below)

Former 607 Bar
Google Maps Street View
Heather Q. - West Side Cheers
Tina H. - Our Little Corner
Lisa B. - College Inn
Megan H. - The Haunt
Cindy T. - A hole in the wall in Elmira, NY. I'm thinking the name of the bar was, Sammy's, not sure. Circa 1978...What kept me coming back? Good-looking farmers.

Tam L. - Party on the Patio at the Holiday Inn (below)

Party on the Patio
Google Maps Street View

Mike D. - Country Bobs
Mark J. - Fitzie’s Irish Pub - by the Arch
Nick D. - The Keg, The OP, Waples
Karen S. - Dark Horse
Sandy P. - Gondorf's 

Jenise Cicirello - JT’s (former location below)

Former JT's
Google Maps Street View
Ann S. - The Inferno and The Library 
Michael C. - The Tazz 
Linda M. - Riverside and Martys
Marina B. - Scoreboard
Dan W. - Dry Brook Inn

 David R. - Ale House. Gas 65 cents. Cig machine at the front door for 4 quarters. Pint 85 cents. Ahhh and hidden parking in the rear.

The Ale House
Google Maps Street View

Rick F. - Amp's
Mandy B. - The Other Place, The Cash Inn, Drummer’s, and The Sportsmen’s Club (great 10¢ wings)
Ty S. - Barton’s Inn
Todd B. - North Forty
Amanda Y. - Funzy’s

Cathy D. - PJ’s on the Southside of Binghamton, My Uncle’s Place in Hillcrest
My Uncle's Place
Google Maps Street View
Chip S. - Jimmy's on Clinton....but I was 18 and so was the drinking age. Thirsty's, Amps, Uncle Tony's, Tom & Marty's, The Rathskeller, The Verticle Club (?)
Regina R. - Yondas
Stephanie G. - The Flying Machine
Kenny R. - The Strike Zone
DebnJade B. - Danceland

Louise Thomas - Sharkey's

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Bob Joseph/ WNBF News
 Laura N. - Pine, Wine Cellar- what was the name of the country one near the Binghamton bus station with peanut shells all over the floor?
Rick G. - The Strike Zone
Brittany P. - The Pine Lounge
Tiffany H. - Legends
Mike P.Just saying Thirsty's, give me a pitcher who needs a glass

 Tracey Pierce - Icehouse, Empire Club, CJs, Eclipse (below)
Former Eclipse Nightclub
Google Maps Street View
 Vicky B. - The Galley
Angie S. - Xanadu
Kathleen S - Reel to Reel
Karen M. - The Gin Mill
Shanna B.The Icehouse 
Andrea L. - Delgados, and The Tiki Bar (below)
Cosmo's Corner
Google Maps Street View

Stephanie G. - The Flying Machine
Lisa P. - Thirsty's, Headquarters, Blue Moon, Rock Bottom
Kelly P. - The Rusty Nail
Maurice H. - Jacks by the Tracks

Christine Clark-Schultz - Blue Moon, Amps and the Outpost

Colin W. - Number 5

Old Number 5 Restaurant
Google Maps Street View


13 Incredible Places To Visit At Least Once In New York's Southern Tier

13 Incredible Places To Visit At Least Once In New York's Southern Tier

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