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July 21, 1975: Eskimo Joe’s Opens

Eskimo Joe's LogoOn this day in 1975, Eskimo Joe’s opened in Stillwater, Oklahoma. This sports bar near the Oklahoma State University (OSU) campus is famous for its merchandise and food.

Started by OSU graduates Stan Clark and Steve File, Eskimo Joe’s was started as a bar with the name meaning it had the coldest beer in town. A freshman art student designed the famous logo (pictured right) and an institution was born.

Eskimo Joe’s added food to the menu when Oklahoma raised its drinking age from 18 to 21 in 1984 and it moved into its current two-story location on West Elm in 1992. A 2005 Sports Illustrated article listed Eskimo Joe’s as the third-best college sports bar in the United States.

If you are traveling through eastern Oklahoma, it is definitely worth a visit. The cheese fries, which have been endorsed by both President Bushes, are amazing, the beer is ice cold and you can buy a memorable T-shirt. For those who can’t make it that far, you can go to Eskimo Joe’s online store at: http://shop.eskimojoes.com.

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1 comment

  1. Dot

    My Eskimo Joe’s sweatshirt is a favorite … along with my OSU Grandma shirt!

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