Travel back to the old Comstock days when you visit this historic old saloon that used to be one of the most celebrated ... More
Bucket Of Blood Saloon
Travel back to the old Comstock days when you visit this historic old saloon that used to be one of the most celebrated watering holes in Virginia City. You will find a vast collection of elaborate antique hanging lamps, generous slot machines and souvenirs. Sit back, relax and order a sarsaparilla for yourself and the kids. Listen to live Ragtime or a Tin Pan Alley quartet while enjoying your drink. Call for opening hours.
Live music was really good/authentic and the atmosphere is really fun. Get there early in the morning and start drinking before the lines grow. My only issue was the bartender who thought he was hot sh*t. It's Virginia City for heaven's sake, not LA. Drinks are more expensive when the live band is playing because it's free to watch. That makes sense. I ordered beers earlier in the morning and knew exactly how much it was going to be when I ordered them again in the afternoon. The band hadn't started playing yet when I ordered my drinks. It took for ever to get the beers, even though there wasn't much of a line. Mind you also that they were bottled beers, so I'm not sure why it took so long to get them. I got my money out and put it on the bar. As the bartender is walking over with my beers in hand, the band starts to play. No joke, it was probably 3 seconds worth of playing and the bartender slams the beers down on my money. He picks it up and says "oh the band is playing now, it's more expensive". I told him i ordered before the band started playing and his response was "well you don't have to drink them if you don't want them". What a jerk. I don't plan on spending my money here ever again. I do plan to go back and watch their free live music though.
My wife and I went to Virginia City about 6 months ago. I had not been in 35 years since my grandfather took me there when I was 5. We walked into the Bucket of Blood and I remembered it. I told the Bartender that the last time that I had been there was 35 years ago when I was five and about my grandfather (now deceased). Well she gave me and my wife a free beer and a glass to take home. I thought that she was overwhelmingly friendly and the service was great. We are going back in May 2008, and our first stop will be the Bucket of Blood. Thank you.
Yeeeehaw! There's silver in them hills!. This saloon is fantastic and true to date. The original saloon from back in the 1860's was rebuilt after a massive fire in the 1880's, it got it's name from a swab (Janitor) after cleaning up from a fight the previous night saying "It must have been a bucket of blood, I cleaned up" paraphrased, but you get the idea. Original floors, bar, hanging lamps (converted to electricity). I love to go here every time I go to Virginia City. Saturdays are great because they have live bands, also fitting the theme of the town - usually old time country. Comstock Cowboys are great! The beer is pricey but never fear, they serve only high quality beer. Oh to get the bartender's attention - eye contact must be made, otherwise you'll wait. Be prepared on busy weekends and holidays the bar is 4 deep. It's an afternoon joint, don't worry for all you people that are staying in VC - there are others that stay open later.
The Comstock Cowboys are a truly awesome country band. The fellas dress in period costume and play old and new Country favorites as well as songs writen by members of the band. Their CD's are available throughout town at various shops. Many locals also dress in period costume and perform through out town in skits.You'll see Mark Twain, Julia Broulett amoung others. A visit to Historic Virginia City is a must for national as well as internaational travelers. I live locally and enjoy driving up to VC for a days entertainment.
We had the opportunity to drop into this historic saloon and had a great time. We are from Arizona so the appreciation of the old west runs deep. Bucket of Blood provided us with a sense "old timeness" that should always be there when in a saloon in the west. If you take away the cars and electricity...riding into Virginia City on our bikes gave us the feelin' of "ridin' into the old west"
But since the owners have taken all the old machines out and put in the ones from the late 80's and early 90's (1900's not the 1800's) it has lost some of its charm. I still love this place and is the first place I visit everytime I get to Virginia City. The view is amazing!!! I highly recommend that anyone visit Virginia City and stop into the Bucket of Blood saloon.
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