City was known in its heyday for its elegant saloons.The Bucket
of Blood, housed in a building that has been a saloon since
1876, boasts original Tiffany chandeliers and a picture window
with a hundred-mile view. (Click
here to see another remarkable sign at the Bucket of Blood.)
Delta Saloon & Cafe was the first building to open
after the fire of 1875. Its walls are covered with historic
photographs and it's also home to "The Suicide Table,"
a pharo table reputed to have been the cause of at least three
other saloons with names evocative of the Comstock's glory days
currently operate in Virginia City: the Bonanza, the
Ponderosa, the Red Dog, the Silver Queen,
and Fly's Silver Dollar Pub.
Pictured at left is Lee Busby, bartender at the Bucket of Blood.
Below, left, is the Silver Dollar's famous Fly, and next to
him is John Hunt, a noted Virginia City artist. For more about
Virginia City's award-winning beards, click