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Nisbet Inn

It's been a tradition with my husband's family every year to go to the Nisbet Inn and enjoy one of the world's coldest beers while eating some delicious smoked chicken around the holidays.  I always look forward to our holiday dinner at the Nisbet Inn because the Nisbet is such a cool restaurant.  The building is over 100 years old so the restaurant has a really cool atmosphere and a pretty interesting history.

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Here is what the Vanderburgh Historical Society has to say about the building that now houses the Nisbet Inn:

The present roadside tavern building was erected in 1912 by George Maurer. It contained a bar and a grocery store on the main floor. Upstairs were six big rooms that would be rented out to travelers. The building would rattle every time a train went by.

Nisbet Inn claims to have the second oldest liquor license in the State of Indiana. This would have been convenient for railroad workers to spend their money on drinks on payday. Stories exist that these men would drink, turn to fighting, and then lay down in the road to sleep off their drinking.

Did you know there is even an apartment above the Nisbet Inn?

Nisbet Inn Seeking New Owners

The Nisbet Inn took to Facebook to announce that they are currently seeking new owners, why?  Well, the current owners are ready for retirement, and they'd like someone to carry on the Nisbet Inn's legacy, while they enjoy a well-deserved slow down.

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Google Maps/Canva

The post on Facebook announcing their retirement was accompanied by a video that showcased all of the past owners of the Nisbet Inn over the past century.  The video ends with a photo of the current Nisbet Inn owners, Jim and Becky Harl that says they have owned Nisbet Inn since 2004.  Next year will be 20  years of ownership, and I'd say they've more than earned their retirement.

If you're interested in owning, and taking care of this special slice of Evansville history, you can email

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