|There is an immediate comfortable feeling inside Riley's, as if the place had been standing darn near forever and just about everybody in Texas had passed through its doors at one time or another.
PHOTO: ANTHONY HEAD
The building, I was told, has been around since the 1800s, which means it's been standing through a lot of history.
That includes Prohibition, and when the Volstead Act was repealed in 1993 with passage of the 21st amendment, Riley's Tavern was the first bar in Texas issued a beer permit. Certificate number one. So, I toasted Riley's longevity with a Lone Star.
Anthony Head is Texas Editor for THE TASTING PANEL. Read more on his website: www.TheArmchairOenophile.com.