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“Neat but we don't like smoke”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Palace Saloon

Palace Saloon
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Dawsonville, Georgia
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287 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Neat but we don't like smoke”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012

This is a lovely place and full of old paraphernalia. The historic bar is gorgeous and the bartender was full of information and good cheer. Only problem was that it was a smoking establishment. We left when a couple sat next to us and lit up. Oh well, otherwise worth going to!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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168 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Must Visit, but Average”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2012

This is the oldest bar in FL, and for that alone is worth stopping in for a drink. And if it is Sunday, be sure to order the $5 "loaded" Bloody Mary with all, and I mean all of the fixin's (pickle, hot pepper, bacon!, pickled okra, etc.). I wouldn't bother with the house punch disguised as a draft beer -- strong, but pricey and not really memorable.

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canada
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42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A real Saloon!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2012

This is throwback to the old time drinking saloons...complete with smoking. So if you mind smoking..stay away. For my wife and I (non smokers) we quite enjoyed the experience..complete with a history lesson from the bartender. Pirates punch appears to be the drink of choice for most first time visitors..we preferred the wide choice of beers on tap. Great old wooden bar,tin ceilings,wall paintings,creapy old bathroom..the complete package and well worth a visit.

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Tampa, Florida
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292 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
“Smoking establishment”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

We wanted to go here but as soon as we walked in, the smell of cigarette smoke was overwhelming. This is a smoking establishment. We walked out.

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Bill C, General Manager at Palace Saloon, responded to this review, October 23, 2012
The Palace Saloon has been a smoking establishment since first opening its doors in 1903. As long as the laws of the State of Florida allow us to continue this tradition our guests will enjoy this freedom.
I regret the smoking prevented you from entering our doors and experiencing our friendly service, outstanding beer menu and a century of well-preserved tradition. I further regret you were not able to provide an accurate guest experience rating.
Along with the Palace Saloon and Uncle Charlie’s Sports bar we have two newer additions to the establishment that are smoke free. Sheffield’s at the Palace is open Friday and Saturday evenings from 8pm to 2am featuring a DJ and top 40 dance music. Uncle Charlie’s has a newer addition to its pool room that features 1000 square feet of non-smoking. This non-smoking section has 2 billiards tables and 5 large screen televisions playing NFL Sunday Ticket and all major sporting events. This section is open daily from 6pm to 2am.
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Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“What a Throw Back!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

Upon entering the Palace, the first thing you notice is that distinctive smell between alcohol, cigarette smoke, and disinfectant. You don't get that smell anymore or anywhere, but it's still at the Palace Saloon. It takes me back to the blood pits my father use to frequent 50 years ago. The second thing I noticed was the old cigarette machine. I haven't seen a fully loaded cigarette machine in two decades, with all the pull outs. The prices were different of course at $7.00 a pop. Our friend (who's a smoker) had to stop by for a pint and a smoke, but I didn't mind. The bar can't offer food because of it's status as a tap room but does offer food on a takeout basis with delivery by a diner down the street. All sorts of characters show up there. Go for the experience but maybe not too long unless you smoke, if so enjoy the history, it's the few places in Florida where you can drink and smoke your brains out.

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