Quincy, Illinois Steeped In Culture, History & Libation
August 24, 2018
Sitting on Illinois' westernmost curve of the Mississippi River, Quincy, Illinois, shines as an energetic travel destination. The river town, built in 1825, is steeped in history, hospitality and natural beauty, plus it is infused with a fervor for the cultural, culinary and libational arts.
The town is proud of its over 3,600 buildings on the National Historic Register, 70 locally-owned eateries, 30 parks, 18 Lincoln storyboards, 10 eclectic museums and five scenic wineries.
Quincy enjoys a long history with liquor and its charms. In 1837 the first brewery was established. The oldest operational bar is thought to be the Silver Moon Tavern on Quincy's north side. The city currently has 145 dram licenses on record, 99 of which are bars open to the public.
To experience them all, from the vintage neighborhood bars to new swanky spots, a libational handbook, "99 watering holes," has been created. The handbook lists these "watering holes" in alphabetical order, plus offers tidbits and the early history of this business.
For a sampling of these "drams," the handbook also maps out five self-guided "mini crawls" featuring four establishments each: 1. Tap Tour, 2. Whiskey & Wine Walk, 3. Cocktail Course, 4. North Side, 5. South Side.
The first three mini crawls are walking tours located in The District – Quincy's historic downtown. They are meant to be enjoyed on foot or bicycle. Bike rentals are available at the Tourist Information Center, 532 Gardner Expressway (3rd Street).
Crawls 4 and 5 are driving tours highlighting Quincy's historic North and South districts. Enjoy hometown food, "the regulars," and soulful live music along the way at these mini crawls.
Download "99 watering holes," along with 19 other guides of things to do in the Quincy area, by visiting www.seequincy.com/plan/guides or call 800-978-4748.