The Menger BarAuthentic since 1958

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Built in 1887 as an exact replica of London’s House of Lords Pub, the Menger Bar doesn’t just feel authentic—it is. This revered establishment features a paneled ceiling of dark cherry wood, beveled mirrors from France, and the original brass spittoons provided for the convenience of its early customers, the likes of which included Theodore Roosevelt and America’s most well-known volunteer regiment, the Rough Riders.

Once the site of more cattle deals than any place else in Texas, the Menger Bar has been voted one of the Top 10 Most Historic Bars in the United States. It’s also where Roosevelt and his Rough Riders spent their time when they weren’t training to fight the Spanish-American War. Serving up innovative cocktails and cuisine, with a generous helping of Lone Star history on the side, the Menger Bar will make your visit something to remember.

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In 1898, Colonel Leonard Wood and his lieutenant-colonel (and future president of the United States), Theodore Roosevelt, set up a recruiting station directly next to the Menger Bar, on the patio of the hotel.      

Rough Riders Formation

1,250 men—both pre-enlisted and new—from in and around the bar came together to form the Rough Riders, the most popular volunteer regiment in the history of the world.

Work Hard, Play Hard

When they weren’t training, Roosevelt and the Rough Riders spent their time at the Menger Bar. It’s said that Col. Wood often reprimanded Roosevelt for fraternizing with the men and treating them to beer.

The 26th President

Roosevelt ultimately gained the vice presidency in 1901. Later that year, President McKinley was assassinated, and so Roosevelt became the nation’s twenty-sixth and youngest president.

Legacy Lives On

Since his death in 1919, neither the world nor the Menger Bar has been able to forget Teddy Roosevelt.

Recruiting Adventurers

Although the official Rough Rider recruitment station was outside the Menger Bar, Roosevelt must have thought the bar was a good place to be "looking for adventurers."

Experience the History Now

History buffs come to see the two tables on display in the bar where Rough Riders allegedly signed their enlistment papers. They can also view a picture of Roosevelt in his Rough Rider uniform on display above the liquor bottles.

  • The Menger is everything you want in one hotel. A historic location, excellent dining and Five Star service.

    - hwyflak

  • I host a conference at The Menger once a year for 150 people. The staff could not be more helpful or pleasant. It's got character and history on it's side. Two blocks from the Riverwalk and immediately adjacent to the Alamo, it's a sure bet.

    - 202missy

  • What a perfect stay. The hotel in all of its historical grandeur was immaculately kept. Comfortable beds, very clean and beautifully decorated. The staff was very friendly no matter what time of day. We stopped by the dining room for Mango ice cream at 10:00 pm and the matre de packaged it to go for us. All in all, the location was fabulous, steps from the Alamo. Excellent hotel.

    - Shannon T

  • Excellent hotel and stuff. Made our vacation perfect. Very polite people made us feel very welcome. Weather wad also good, just like Finnish midsummer. Thanksgiving buffet was very good and food in hotel restaurant was very good.

    - 115satul

  • Ask for one of the old rooms. The new wing is fine and lovely, but if you stay at this hotel you should sleep in as much history as possible. It's a grand old dame with wonderful amenities and an excellent location. You are literally across the alley from the Alamo!

    - Gogoinspectorgadget

featured drink of the month


Each month The Menger Bar will be featuring a specially crafted cocktail that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Visit The Menger Bar on your next stay and ask for the featured drink of the month!