If you enjoy a glass of wine or beer now and again, you\u2019re in good company. Humans have been drinking alcoholic concoctions for thousands of years. As for people gathering together at a local watering hole, well, that practice isn\u2019t new either.\r\n\r\nIn 2016, an ancient Roman tavern was discovered in France, near Montpellier. Inside the 2,100-year-old structure, archeologists found serving platters and empty glasses used to drink wine.\r\n\r\nToday, most neighborhoods have a well-known drinking spot, some of which have operated for hundreds of years. Here's a look at some of the oldest bars in countries around the world.\r\nSean\u2019s Bar\r\nAthlone, Ireland\r\nEstablished: 900 A.D.\r\n\r\n\r\nAccording to Have Ye No Homes to go to?: the History of the Irish Pub by Kevin Martin, there\u2019s evidence that Irish pubs have been around for nearly 1,500 years. But these early establishments looked a bit different. They were owned by the wealthy, and the food and drinks were free.\r\n\r\nSean\u2019s Bar, located on the banks of River Shannon in Athlone, Ireland, has served up drinks for nearly as long as people have gathered together to enjoy them. Along with claiming to be the oldest pub in Ireland, Sean\u2019s Bar could be the oldest operating pub on the planet.\r\n\r\nAs legend has it, a man named Luain Mac Luighdeach started the pub. He acted as a local guide to help travelers cross the Shannon. Over time, a small settlement built up around the popular crossing point, and he eventually constructed the pub.\r\n\r\nThere\u2019s also the Brazen Head in Dublin, which also claimed the title of \u201cIreland\u2019s oldest bar,\u201d and according to the company\u2019s website, it dates to 1198 A.D. However, according to the Irish Times, the owners of both pubs took to national radio to debate and ultimately decide who actually had the oldest bar.\r\n\r\nThe owner of Sean\u2019s Bar says that they found coins that dated to 900 A.D., as well as wattle and daub walls, an ancient building technique that employed wood, mud and clay. The owner of Brazen Head admitted defeat. And while it might not be the oldest bar in Ireland, the Brazen Head is home to the earliest-known graffiti in the country, which reads \u201cJohn Langan halted here 7th August 1726.\u201d\r\nWhite Horse Tavern \r\nNewport, Rhode Island \r\nEstablished: 1673\r\n\r\n\r\nEnglish immigrant Francis Brinley built his two-story house in 1652 and, in 1673, it became the White Horse Tavern.\r\n\r\nThroughout the years, the Tavern was used as a meeting place. The General Assembly, the Colony's first legislative assembly, and the city council would hold meetings at the tavern, for example. The White Horse even hosted the first meetings of America's Freemasons.\r\n\r\nThanks to the Preservation Society of Newport County, the tavern has maintained many original features like its fireplaces and floorboards. It has also had the same exterior for 300 years\r\n\r\n\u201cThe dining experience is like stepping back in time,\u201d says Jeffrey Farrar, owner of the Tavern. \u201cIt is authentic and original. People love to have a drink in the original bar, with a huge fireplace taking up most of one wall.\u201d\r\n\r\nIn 1972, White Horse was declared a National Historic Landmark. Today, you can stop in for a bowl of Rhode Island clam chowder, housemade charcuterie and local seafood. You can also enjoy a glass of wine or half-bottle from the restaurant\u2019s extensive wine list\u2014just watch out for the resident ghost, said to lurk around the fireplace.\r\nCaf\u00e9 Vlissinghe \r\nBrugge, Belgium\r\nEstablished: 1515\r\nThe first records of beer production in Belgium date back to around the first Crusade. Today, nearly 1,500 types of beer are made around the country. And in 2016, the beverage made the list of UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, which honors \u201ctradition or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants.\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nPeople needed a place to gather and drink Belgium\u2019s many brews, and, for more than 500 years, they\u2019ve done so at Caf\u00e9 Vlissinghe.\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s unclear who was the bar\u2019s first owner, but a written record from 1515 lists a man named Jan Breij as its operator. Records also show that the building was built prior to that date, but it doesn\u2019t say whether it was a pub.\r\n\r\nLocated in the town of Brugge, Caf\u00e9 Vlissinghe stayed open during World War I and was a popular drinking spot upon the war\u2019s end. However, Caf\u00e9 Vlissinghe closed for a time during World War II because provisions were either rationed or out of stock. After the war, Caf\u00e9 Vlissinghe opened its doors once again.\r\n\r\nThe bar also survived perhaps the original version of a \u201cdine and dash.\u201d According to legend, Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens (1577\u20131640) painted a gold coin on the table and left before anyone noticed.\r\n\r\nCaf\u00e9 Vlissinghe is tucked away in the Saint Anna quarter, off the main tourist thoroughfare. Try a pint of the caf\u00e9\u2019s namesake beer created in partnership with local brewery Fort Lapin to celebrate its 500th year in business.\r\nThe Historic Pig and Whistle Inn\r\nBathurst, South Africa\r\nEstablished: 1832\r\nEstablished as a National Monument in South Africa in 1989, The Historic Pig and Whistle Inn has been slinging drinks since the 1830s. It claims to be the country\u2019s oldest continuously licensed bar and is owned by Gavin and Lucille Came.\r\n\r\nAccording Gavin Came, a blacksmith named Thomas Hartley emigrated from England to South Africa during the 1820s. He constructed the building that houses The Historic Pig and Whistle to make horseshoes and shoe horses. He might have even ran a side business extracting teeth. But after a decade or so, Hartley converted the shop into the inn.\r\n\r\nOriginally it was called Bathurst Inn, while the restaurant was called Widow Hartley\u2019s Restaurant. During World War II, English pilots were sent to 43 Air School, just a few miles down the road from the pub. The inn reminded them of a drinking spot back home, so they started to call it the Pig and Whistle. The name stuck.\r\n\r\nBut despite the name changes, the owoners have worked hard to preserve the Inn\u2019s history.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe pub itself is possibly the most authentic of all the reception rooms, followed by the lounge, which are both housed in the 1832 vintage part of the building,\u201d says Gavin Came. They also take special care to maintain the \u201chistoric look and feel,\u201d of the inn\u2019s rooms.\r\n\r\nAlong with a pint or meal, you can also take part in the inn\u2019s numerous events like its Sunday Lunches. According to Came, they\u2019re normally fully booked and offer local favorites like bobotie, a dish made with spiced minced meat.\r\nHussong\u2019s Cantina\r\nBaja, Mexico\r\nEstablished: 1892\r\n\r\n\r\nThere are about as many people who claim to be the inventor of the margarita as there are variations of this classic drink. Hussong\u2019s Cantina, in Baja, Mexico, is one of the contenders.\r\n\r\nAccording to Baja Insider, Don Carlos Orozco, a Hussong\u2019s bartender, experimented with different mixtures in 1941 to serve Margarita Henkel, daughter of a German ambassador. Allegedly, Henkel sampled the drink and enjoyed it so much that Orozco named the cocktail after her.\r\n\r\nNow, we can\u2019t confirm whether this actually happened, but we can say Hussong\u2019s Cantina is one of the oldest continuously operating bar in Baja, and possibly all of Mexico.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nJohann Hussong emigrated from Germany to the United States with his two brothers. He settled in Ensenada, Mexico, where he worked as a trader and hunted geese, quail and other birds. As legend has it, Hussong inherited the only bar in town, Miegg's, when its owner left to try to find his wife in California. Hussong agreed, but the man never returned. Hussong ran the pub until 1892, when he bought the nearby stagecoach station and turned it into Hussong\u2019s Cantina.