In 1907, the Mint Bar opened for business in the heart of downtown Sheridan. At that time, ice was delivered in horse-drawn wagons to the bar's ice box and bartenders wore long white aprons, serving drinks across a mahogany bar. During Prohibition, a "speakeasy" was quietly operated in the bar's back room for those who disagreed with that amendment. Upon repeal in 1933, the Mint Bar reopened and an addition was built on the back of the building to make room for slot machines, roulette wheels and gaming tables. The Mint was completely redecorated in the late 1940's in the rustic style seen today. "See ya at the Mint" has been and still is the by-word of cowboys, ranchers and dudes for all these year
Many regular customers use the Mint Bar as a place of business. Sheridan has been the outfitting center of the region since before this amazing-looking place served its first drink in 1907, and its residents include leather workers, gunsmiths, cowboy haberdashers, and wilderness guides. (King Saddlery, the best tack shop on earth, is just across the street.) These pros use the Mint as their office, and it is not at all unusual to see a local artisan sharing beers in a booth with a client as they go over hides or silver conchos for a saddle-in-progress.