Gem Village, CO – The venerable Billy Goat Saloon, located in Gem Village, has been named Dive Bar of the Month by www.divebarshirtclub.com. The website features a new dive bar, located anywhere throughout the country, every month. The bars are picked by the Dive Bar Crew and are either discovered through the travels of the Crew or are chosen from the many submissions they receive. The designation of Dive Bar of the Month is just one more honor that the Billy Goat has received during its 30 years of operation. In 2002 the bar was named one of America's top 50 bars by Men's Journal Magazine. An honor that is not lost on the fact that there was a fish fry taking place in the parking lot when the editors happened to stop in on their way to Durango.
Ashleigh Tarkington, owner of the Billy Goat, is a Fort Lewis College graduate, a personal trainer by trade, and a beer slinger by choice. At 34 years old, she takes her job seriously and considers herself fortunate to have taken the helm of a long-standing Southwest Colorado tradition. Ashleigh started working at the bar in college and then left graduate school in California to come back and help the dying owner. The regulars who file in day in and day out, no matter the weather, is what keeps her going. Making sure they continue to have a place to swap stories, talk politics, laugh, drink, and dance gives Ashleigh the perseverance she needs to keep the old building going.
Built in 1952, the structure that now houses the Billy Goat Saloon saw many changes before Bob and Ellen Asher bought the building and turned it into a roadside bar. The age of the saloon shows from the leaky roof to the creaky floor but having dedicated regulars who pitch in whenever asked to make repairs is a definite plus. Only closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Billy Goat has played host to weddings, birthday parties, fundraisers, even the occasional funeral.
Almost a throwback to another time, the Billy Goat has stood its ground as the dive bar of choice for Southwest Colorado for 30 years. Customers come from Pagosa, Vallecito, Bayfield, Ignacio, Durango, Farmington, Cortez, all places in between and from throughout the country and the world. Whether stopping in for the first time or settling in to their regular stool at the bar, everyone is welcome. For further information or press inquiries, contact Carol Taylor at 520.305.6467 or firstname.lastname@example.org.