Smiley’s Schooner Saloon est 1851 is one of the oldest bar in the West. If you need a place to rest your head in Bolinas, our inn has 6 private rooms, each with a full bath, organic linens, comfy eco-friendly mattresses and a couple free drinks.
Smiley’s Schooner Saloon was established in 1851 and has been in continual operation in the same stalwart and storied building since - and we've yet to find an older bar west of the Mississippi.
The saloon is believed to have been built for the energetic young Captain Isaac Morgan who arrived in Bolinas (or Jugville as it was known then) in 1849. Those were gold rush days, days of growth; when one gambled with one’s dreams and then watched them either shatter and splinter or be crafted and honed into realities.
Smiley’s is known among musicians for gigs that come with free beds and a spirited crowd and to music fans as a place to catch artists like the Sam Chase and California Honeydrops. Check out our social media and website for our music calendar.
So now you’ll need a place to rest your head; in an outbuilding behind the bar, you’ll find Smiley’s Sleeping Quarters: 6 private rooms with brand new organic linens and mattresses. Room 5 has one queen bed.
While we still have a long way to go, we’re happy to report that our rooms are no longer “a warren of stale-smelling rooms hastily constructed behind the town’s only bar" as the New York Times called them in their quirky June 2014 article about Bolinas.
Accès des voyageurs
Our bartenders are on site until (at least) midnight to check you in, give you your keys and answer any questions. We do not have a reception desk or concierge right now; once you have your keys you are on your own to come and go as you please.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
Guests are encouraged to mingle with other guests, locals and visitors in the Saloon.
Ashley, one of the owners, lives just down the road and is available in case of an emergency - or for a friendly chat over a glass of wine.
*Please note that live music often results in some excess noise (and fun) later into the evening.* At this time, Smiley's rooms aren't suitable for children or for folks in need of total peace and quiet.
Open mind, open heart and some tolerance while we're making some much-needed upgrades and repairs. Thank you!
No smoking any substance in or around guest rooms.
Pets are $20 per night per pet. Please shoot us a note so we can learn more about Fido before your stay.
No one under the age of 21 is permitted in the Saloon at any time.
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Smiley's Saloon is very likely the oldest saloon west of the Mississippi!
Just west of the infamous San Andreas fault, clinging to the edge of the North American continent, is the little township of Bolinas. The well-hidden community is home to an enclave of artists, writers, musicians, farmers, fishermen and other colorful characters. Nestled at the heart of this unique community is Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, in continual operation in the same stalwart and storied building since 1851.