Built as a saloon by Swiss immigrant brothers William and Joseph Bucher and sold by William Bucher in 1925 to long-time employee Louis Glur after nearly 50 years of ownership. William “Buffalo Bill” Cody imbibed here while in town rehearsing for the Omaha world premiere of his Wild West Show in 1883. Still operating as a bar, it represents the longest continually operating saloon west of the Missouri River. Upon obtaining ownership, Louis Glur, maintained a European-like outdoor beer garden in addition to the tavern and hired traveling German bands to provide entertainment. When prohibition forced the end of alcohol sales, the tavern was run as a soft drink and ice cream parlor, including the sale of root beer. The tavern stands today as an active business with few alterations to the simplified Italianate main structure other than two additions primarily to the rear and alterations to the wrap-around “L” shaped porch. The original oak floors remain in place as well as the limestone foundation.
In 2022, Glur’s is still open for business! Todd and his staff have painted, hung new signage, and re-fenced the beer garden to enhance the aesthetics of the landmark. Inside you will find history at its finest.
When you visit Glur’s, history is all around you. It’s in the walls, the floors, the ceiling tiles, and in the owner’s passion for sharing their story.