The Bucket of Blood has proudly been serving ‘em up since 1876, and never looked back, baby. Despite the sinister name, The Bucket of Blood couldn’t be more charming, either. The building you see today was built in 1876, following the Great Fire of 1875 that destroyed most of Virginia City. The business that originally stood in this location was completely leveled, and it wasn’t until a recently that archaeologists made an amazing discovery.
In 1997, it was found that the Bucket of Blood is constructed over top of the remnants of the Boston Saloon, the only black-owned western saloon of the era, which helped Virginia City secure its classification as a National Historic Landmark. Despite a fire that wiped out the entire town and 100+ years of decay, remnants of the Boston Saloon has managed to survive. That being said, anyone who visits the Bucket of Blood has the satisfaction of visiting two historic saloons important to the Virginia City story. The building has gone through several renovations since 1876, but it like many of the other historical buildings in downtown Virginia City survive as living pieces of history.
Patrons will enjoy much more than their favorite libation after transporting back in time and into the days of the Comstock inside The Bucket of Blood, where history lessons and tales of times past flow like the waters of the Truckee River just north of town. Most weekends you can enjoy live music from David John and the Comstock Cowboys, the official house band of the saloon, and a local favorite in the surrounding area. Grab a signature Bloody Mary and some fresh popcorn, admire an unmatched view of Six Mile Canyon, and kick back to the sounds of the Old West in the Old West. Does it get better?