Sunday, January 25, 2009

To The Desert Bar


The last 5 miles is the most fun, dirt road sometimes a very narrow dirt road. 

The Desert Bar is in the Buckskin Mountains just outside of Parker AZ.  It was once an old mining camp.  In 1983 the “bar in the desert” opened for business.  Water was hauled to the area in a 50 gallon tank loaded on the back of a truck.  In 1997 they drilled a well on the north side of the saloon that operates on solar power, with the pump set at 360 feet.


In the picture above you can see the main bar area with the solar panels on the roof.  The bar is only open on weekends from noon to sundown.  They have live music from 1pm to 5pm. 


As you can see this is a very popular place. We stayed for about an hour.  Had a drink and a hamburger. Very limited menu and no cheese for the burgers.  There was a sign posted behind the bar no cheese EVER.  Charles wanted to push the issue, but in the end he left it alone. 


Here we are enjoying our meal Steve, me, Sandy, Nancy and Charles.  DSC_0033




From the parking lot you had to cross the bridge to get to the bar.  The bridge was built in 1981.


There are patios and decks everywhere you look, all at different heights and different areas.  You walk around a corner and another patio appears.

The inside of the saloon is very unique.  It has windows that are old glass refrigerator doors, the bar stools are made of steel and they sway from side to side.  The top of the bar is brass and the ceiling is made of stamped tin.  It was well worth the hour and half drive to see it. 



I had to get some pictures of the woman's bathroom.  It reminded me of a prison bathroom.  Not that I have ever been in one, but just what I would think it was like.  The stalls are all steel, the doors are very heavy, for a minute I thought I was locked in, I wasn’t putting all my muscle into opening the door. The sinks are steel and wood, another very unique feature. 

A fun day was had by all. 

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