MATCHBOOK COLLECTING – Just for the Fun of It

While we are aware of a few places that have decided to close permanently during and after the pandemic, hopefully, we will continue to be able to find places that have matchbooks or matchboxes with their names and that matchbooktraveler can still be a guide for collectors.

Remember – Matchbooks not out for the taking? Be sure to ask if the place has matchbooks with its name.

On this website are states, provinces, and countries showing places we are aware of that have matchbooks or matchboxes (whether with matches, notepaper, toothpicks, or mints) with their names.

If you know of additional places that have matchbooks with their names on them, whether from your travels or from the area where you live, please send us an email (to jxw22000 at with their names and addresses. We would be glad to list them on this site.

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Here are monthly updates about restaurants with matches (and hotels, too):

For December 2023, matches started with Charlotte, North Carolina, at Church and Union.

For November 2023, matches began with Le Supreme, Ladder 4 Wine Bar, Mutiny Tiki Bar, and Siren Hotel in Detroit, Michigan, followed by Otto’s High Dive in Orlando, Florida and Buccan in Palm Beach. In Missouri, Golden Ox, Hotel Kansas City, Ombra, and Stockyards Brewing Co. in Kansas City; The Ozarker Lodge in Branson; and Cinder Block Brewery in North Kansas City have matches while in Kansas, Of Course Kitchen in Overland Park and Cafe Provence in Prairie Village have matches. In San Antonio, Texas, Carriqui has matches with its name. In Charlestown, Massachusetts, Warren Tavern has matches as does Contessa in Boston and in Wells, Maine, Bitter End has matches. In Alabama, Bottega, Chez Fonfon, and Otey’s Tavern in Birmingham, Le Weekend in Mountain Brook, and Grove Station in Tallassee have matches. For Stockholm, Sweden, Haymarket and Hotel Lilla Radmannen have matches as does Girafe in Paris, France. In New York City, New York, American Bar, Anotheroom, Bar Primi, Buvette, Due West, Extra Virgin, The Odeon, Pony Bar, Rezdora, and Rocco Steakhouse have matches with their names while in Brooklyn, duckduck and Win Son have matches. Giuseppe & Sons in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has matches, too. In Chicago, Illinois, El Che has matches; in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Alma has matches; in Monona, Wisconsin, Waypoint Public House has matches; and in Baltimore, Maryland, Marta has matches.

MontrealQuebec, began October 2023 with matches at La Taverne du Pelican. In Wichita, Kansas, Mort’s Martini and Cigar Bar has matches as do The Penrose and The Tyger in New York City, New York, and Union Pool (Brooklyn). In Chicago, Illinois, DeNucci’s and Sparrow have matches with their names while, in Auburn, Alabama, Ariccia, 1856, and Lucy’s have matches and so do The Den at Beetlecat and Little Sparrow in Atlanta, Georgia. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Grace & Proper, Holt’s Cigar Company, and My Loup have matches and in London, England, Moro has matches with its name. In Minnesota, Sooki & Mimi in Minneapolis and Maynards in Excelsior have matches. In Gainesville, Florida, Baby J’s Bar has matches as does Char Steakhouse in Raritan, New Jersey. Peche Seafood Grill and The Rambler in New Orleans, Louisiana, have matches, too. In Lexington, Kentucky, Darling Wine Bar, Jeff Ruby’s, Luna, and Sidebar Grill have matches while in Atlanta, Georgia, Steak Market has matches.

With September 2023, matches have been found in Jersey City, New Jersey, at Cellar 335. In Connecticut, Il Pellicano and Sophie’s Pizza Bar in Fairfield and Nomade in Westport have matches while in California, Auberge du Soleil and Bear at Stanly Ranch in Napa have matches as well as Harvest Table and Press in St. Helena. In New York City, New York, be sure to visit Avra Madison Estiatorio, Bar Orai, La Goulue, Macao Trading Company, Club Macanudo, Match 65 Brasserie, Motel Morris, Panorama Room, Pineapple Club, JG Melon, and Split 8’s. And, in Chicago, Illinois, visit Aba, Fox Bar, and Peanut Park. In Clawson, Michigan, Dee Dee’s Rare Vintage has matches with its name; in Lexington, Kentucky, The Break Room, Elkhorn Tavern, and The Manchester (plus Granddam and Lost Palm) have matches; and in Dallas, Texas, DL Mack’s and Drake’s have matches plus St. Elmo Brewery in Austin. In Helsinki, Finland, Skiffer and Yes Yes Yes have matches with their names as does Hotel Boulderado in Boulder, Colorado. In Nova Scotia, Salt + Ash in Halifax has matches while Collision in Toronto, Ontario, also has matches.

It is a new month — August 2023 — and matches have been found in Nantucket, Massachusetts, where CRU, Current Vintage, Greydon House, Lemon Press, Millie’s, and NanTaco have matches with their names and. In Bozeman, Montana, Tune Up Basement Bar has matches. In Minnesota, Apostle Supper Club and Mancini’s in St. Paul both have matches. Original Joe’s and Pier 23 in San Francisco, California, have matches as do Basan in Detroit, Graduate Rock Bar in East Lansing, and Flyleaf in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. In New York City, New York, Employees Only, Holywater, Jeffrey’s Grocery, and The Noortwyk have matches with their names. In New Jersey, Agricola, The Meeting House, and Tommy’s Tavern & Tap in Princeton and Sergeantsville Inn in Sergeantsville have matches. Harp & Crown and Parc in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, have matches, too, as does Stem Bar in Montreal, Quebec. In Chicago, Illinois, Bar Mar, Bellevue, Cafe Sophie, Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, Gemini, Joe’s Seafood, Maple & Ash, and Tortoise Supper Club have matches with their names while in Nashville, Tennessee, House of Cards has matches, in Tampa, Florida, Willa’s has matches and in Charleston, South Carolina, 167 Raw has matches.

July 2023 started quickly with matches at No Goodbyes in Washington, District of Columbia, Marisi in San Diego (La Jolla), California, Maynard’s in Rogers, Minnesota and Best Intentions in Chicago, Illinois. In New York City, New York, All & Sundry, Beyond the Pale, Boucherie Union Square, Ivory Peacock, Le Dive, and Pastis (all in Manhattan)have matches with their names as does Sixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn). Meanwhile, in Michigan, Market North End in Birmingham, Shute’s Saloon in Calumet, Kelly’s Bar in Hamtramck, Island Resort & Casino in Harris, and Ronin in Royal Oak have matches as do Grazie, Joso’s, and Union in Toronto, Ontario, and Zuma in Boston, Massachusetts. Pal’s Lounge in New Orleans, Louisiana, has matches with its name as well as Time in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania , and Bardog Tavern in Memphis, Tennessee.

June 2023 started quickly with matches at Pines Liquor Shop in Fire Island Pines, New York, plus Mel’s Pizza and South Soho Bar in New York City Manhattan and Bar Beau, Doris, and King Tai in Brooklyn. Both Ventura’s Greenhouse in Margate and My Fair Trade Lady in Haddon Heights, New Jersey, have matches with their names.

And, in Austin, Texas, both Guero’s and The Meteor have matches as does bartaco in Nashville, Tennessee, and Shore Leave in Boston, Massachusetts. And, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Murphy’s has matches.

May 2023 has started with matches at Prunella in Philadelphia plus Poco’s in Doylestown, and Best Cigar Pub in Drums, Pennsylvania. Matches have been found in New York City, New York, at Albert’s Bar, Boucherie, The Carlyle, Discolo, DS & Durga, Due West, The Dutch, Emmett’s, Joseph Leonard, Lafayette Grand Cafe, Left Bank, Left Bank Books, Lelabar, The Mark, Monkey Bar, Olio e Piu, Saint Theo’s, Sant Ambroeus, Uva, Uva Next Door, and Via Carota; and in Brooklyn at Catbird, Pizza Loves Emily, Sisters, and LaLou plus Solevo Kitchen in Saratoga Springs. Brewski’s Draft Emporium and Busters in Fayetteville, Arkansas, have matches with their names as does Lonesome Rose in Chicago, Illinois. In Boston, Massachusetts, Rochambeau has matches as does Tommy’s Tavern & Tap in Morris Plains, New Jersey. In Juneau, Alaska, Red Dog Saloon has matches and in Seattle, Washington, Willmott’s Ghost has matches, too.

In April 2023, it was a good start to the month given that matches were found in California at Missing Aubrey (San Francisco) and Bombera (Oakland); in New York City, New York, at Botanica Bar, Fairfax Tavern, The Grand Daddy, Jolene, Liberty Bistro, The Nines, Pebble Bar, Rubirosa, Strip House (12th) and Toad Hall; plus Clem’s, Le Crocodile, Harlequin Vintage, Skinny Dennis, and Turk’s Inn in Brooklyn and Rolo’s in Queens; and in Asheville, North Carolina, at Bargello. In Charleston, South Carolina, a number of places have been found with matches: Brasserie La Banque, Candlefish, Darling Oyster Bar, Dewberry Hotel, Doar Bros., Felix, Halls Chop House, Henry’s, Island Provisions, Millers All Day, Rancho Lewis, The Rarebit, Southbound, and Tommy Condons, while in Sullivan’s Island, Sullivan’s Fish Camp has matches, too, as does the Johns Island location of Island Provisions and The Salty Dog Cafe in Hilton Head Island. Gilligan’s in Siesta Key and Dwell Home Market in Tampa, Florida, have matches as do Joe Leo Fine Tex Mex and Sister in Dallas, Texas. In Montreal, Quebec, Bar George and Pullman have matches with their names.

March 2023 started with matches in JacksonNew Jersey, at Sola Bella. In Vancouver, British Columbia, Laowai has matches with its name. In New York City, New York, Hotel Chelsea, Edie Parker, Jalao, KGB Bar, and The Niche Shop have matches while in Brooklyn, Friends has matches. In Columbus, Ohio, matches have been found at Stump Plants and, in Lexington, Kentucky, at County Club Restaurant. Mulligan’s and The Bailey Cafe and Bar in Dublin, Ireland, have matches, too. March ended in Mississippi with matches at Scarlet Pearl Casino in D’Iberville and Island View Casino in Gulfport.

Our thanks to the bulletin of the Empire Matchcover Club for printing articles mentioning places that have matchbooks or matchboxes with their names.