George Washington Was A Raging Alcoholic, This Massive 18th-Century Bar Tab Proves It


As if being a Founding Father wasn’t badass enough, it’s been revealed through a well-preserved bar tab that the first president of the United States loved to toss a few back. The tab was recently discovered and is from GW’s farewell party in Philadelphia in 1787, just a few days before the framers put the final touches on the Constitution.

It’s been well documented that our first president, along with many of the Founding Fathers, were rarely sober. You hear that Great Britain? They don’t teach you this stuff in history class. Fucking Temperance Movement. I thought this was America? Washington ran a whiskey distillery out of Mount Vernon and Ben Franklin was quite possibly one of the greatest degenerates this world has ever seen. I say we embrace our epic alcoholic history.

But back to the good stuff. George Washington’s going away party seems to have been perhaps the greatest rager ever thrown on American soil. With a guest list of a modest 55 dignitaries, the damage is incredible:

  • 54 bottles of Madeira
  • 60 bottles of claret
  • Eight of whiskey
  • 22 of porter
  • Eight of hard cider
  • 12 of beer
  • Seven bowls of alcoholic punch.

If there was ever a man who deserved a party like that, it’s the godfather himself. The man had party punch at his going away party, for crying out loud. Cheers to you, Mr. President.


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Brian McGannon

What do I love? I love happy hour, a good golf tan, and getting moderately drunk during dinner.

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