Located on the main drag of Duvall, WA (15807 Main Street), this cute little tavern is proud of its roots and of its food! According to their tag line, they have been “World Famous Since 1934!” I’m not sure if they’re world famous even today, but they have been in continuos operation since 1934, and they may be locally famous, depending on who you ask. Here is what they claim on the menu:
In 1934, the year after prohibition, The Duvall Tavern was founded. According to the Duvall Historical Society, The Duvall Tavern is the oldest operating business in town. The south parking lot used to be the ramp to the old Stewart Street Bridge across the Snoqualmie River to Woodinville.
In 1963, The Duvall Tavern was bought and sold three times in two days. It was won in a poker game by a well-known gambler in the valley, who then sold it to another gambler to pay off his gambling debt. That person then sold it to another person who wanted to be in the tavern business. The Duvall Tavern is now locally owned and operated by The Crimson Group Inc. Whether you are a Hippie, Hobo, Hillbilly, Democrat or Republican we hope you enjoy your Duvall Tavern experience and come back soon.
The interior itself isn’t spectacularly historical due to the complete renovation last year, but it is beautiful & clean. Before you leave, be sure to use the restroom because they have pieces of the old bar hanging on the wall, with all of the signatures from previous patrons.
It really was quite a renovation, too! Here is a “before” photo I found from the old MLS listing (listed for $250,000, BTW), from the days when Linda Newkirk owned it. She passed away in 1999, which I’m assuming was the catalyst for the sale. When researching the history of this place, I found mention of this tavern on p. 101 of “Thin White Female in No Acute Distress: A Memoir” by Nancy Anne Nicholson. I also found an interesting article here with some historical tidbits.
“My father, Alvin Myers, built two buildings on the west side of Main Street in the early ’30s before the end of prohibition. He leased the land,” said Howard Myers.
“The first building was his restaurant, Myers Cafe, built on what was then the corner where the bridge originally stood. When prohibition was repealed, beer was served in that building. My father wanted to enlarge the space, so he moved that building off the corner to the backside of the lot and used it for living quarters. He then put up a larger second building in front and reopened it as Myers Cafe and Tavern. He had two pinball machines, a slot machine, and a nickelodeon. He served beer, wine, and light lunches.
“There was a barbershop next to the tavern, then Fern Collette’s Tavern with a boarding house alongside. In the ’20s, the boarding house was a meat market owned by the Wallaces.
“In 1946, I ran the place. The farmers would come in during the hay season when it was hot, especially on Saturdays, and have a party.
“In 1947, my father sold it to the Herb and Marie Phillips. After the Phillips sold it to John and Verna Watson, they put up the stones across the front,” Myers added.
Two others owned it before Newkirk became an owner.
Ray Burhen remembers the early days when it was known as a “pleasant watering hole.”
“It was a watering hole for the young men in the valley after we finished our barn chores. We’d go there and get juiced and build our bravery up before going to the dances at the different dance halls in the late ’40s and ’50s,” said Ward Roney, who quit drinking many years ago, but remembers all the good times with many other old-timers.
“Ward was known as one of the only men who could handle the hot horseradish the tavern served. He ate it by the spoonful,” said Pink Marty.
The new menu has a lot of house made items, and the tap list highlights a lot of local breweries.