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The Washington Post Sunday - - TRAVEL - — F.H.

Year founded: Nancy Whiskey’s liquor li­cense is from 1902, and the bar boasts that it’s the old­est con­tin­u­ally op­er­at­ing liquor li­cense in Detroit. The build­ing is ac­tu­ally a few years older, hav­ing opened as a gen­eral store in 1898 be­fore turn­ing into a sa­loon.

In­te­rior: Stan­dard un­pre­ten­tious Ir­ish bar, with walls cov­ered with signs ad­ver­tis­ing beer and whiskey — in­clud­ing an award for sell­ing the most Tul­lam­ore Dew in Amer­ica — and old pho­tos. Look for the shot of for­mer owner Nancy McNiven-Glenn pos­ing with a Tommy gun dur­ing the film­ing of “Hoffa.” Mu­sic: An In­ter­net juke­box plays a lot of Ir­ish mu­sic and clas­sic rock, but R&B, blues and Mo­town bands take over on week­ends. Sig­na­ture drink: Tul­lam­ore Dew Ir­ish Whiskey. First-time vis­i­tors to the bar are given a free shot as a wel­come gift. Draft beers: Guin­ness. (Well, it is an Ir­ish bar.) Worst day: An elec­tri­cal fire in Oc­to­ber 2009 de­stroyed much of the first floor, and kept the bar closed for al­most a year. Restora­tion be­came a com­mu­nity ef­fort: A reg­u­lar who teaches wood-shop class at a high school built the bar counter; the daugh­ter of an­other reg­u­lar painted the pressed tin ceil­ing.

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