In my search for a new bar, I came to the realization that finding a pre-built, good looking bar with the right wood and other features was harder than I anticipated. I finally found one that I liked, but when I went to order it, I found that the company that made it, American Heritage Billiards, was not accepting orders and appeared to be out of business. Thankfully, I was able to locate one of the bars on eBay.
I purchased it from a seller in Indianapolis, and was faced with the choice of shipping it, or going to pick it up. Partially out of boredom during the pandemic, and partially to save money, I decided to go pick it up. I rented a trailer for the truck, booked a hotel room at the Omni in downtown Indianapolis, and set off. The new truck made the trip pleasant and easy, and I was able to pick up the bar and load it into the trailer from the seller’s warehouse in suburban Indianapolis.
After picking up the bar, I had a fun time exploring some of the bars in downtown Indy along with a little bit of sightseeing, and a fantastic dinner at St Elmo that included an awesome bottle of Opus One!
The next day, I decided to take a more scenic route back to Madison, that took me through a few nice Indiana towns where I was able to do some antique book shopping, and then through Illinois (including Urbana-Champagne) before turning north and heading towards Wisconsin.
Once I got back home, I unloaded and unpacked the bar, and found it to be in great condition.
Now that I knew the bar I bought was going to work, I also purchased cabinets from New Age Cabinetry in California, that would be a more bar-specific look than the bookcases I’d had before.