The Old Town Tavern is a townie bar on the northwest corner of Liberty and Ashley streets. Sunday nights features live music.

Surprisingly good food at reasonable prices; specials change weekly and daily.

Home of the world's saddest vegetarian burrito.

Meet under the Rubenesque painting in the back.

Or sit at the front windows (allegedly the best seat in the Midwest) and watch Dave Askins bike to and from the post office.


  • 1998: Jerry Pawlicki sold the business to his sons Chris and Steve Pawlicki who continue to provide top notch, friendly service. The Old Town Tavern is a favorite destination for both Ann Arbor residents and visitors alike.
  • 1972:  George Merkel sold the bar to Jerry Pawlicki who renamed it The Old Town. Jerry restored the building and renovated the interior, preserving its original tin ceiling.
  • 1935: The business was sold to a Mr. Richard Kearns, and became known as The Union Bar.
  • 1917: The business was sold to William Seagert as the United States entered World War I. Mr. Seagert had the dubious fortune of owning a saloon during both Prohibition and the Great Depression. He dodged Prohibition by selling home brewing products, near beer and bitters.
  • 1898John Berger opened a saloon named The Bismark at the corner of Liberty and Ashley in beautiful Ann Arbor Michigan way back in 1898. During these years, Ann Arbor underwent great changes. Horses became a rare sight as automobiles appeared and gas lights were replaced with electric as the 19th century turned to the 20th.


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