MATCHBOOK COLLECTING – Just for the Fun of It
The coronavirus pandemic has reduced travel as well as everyday things we do such as dining out. While we are aware of a few places that have decided to close permanently, 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 page 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 yahoo.com) 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):
May 2023 has started with matches at Giuseppe & Sons and 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, Jeffrey’s Grocery, Joseph Leonard, Lafayette Grand Cafe, Left Bank, Left Bank Books, Lelabar, The Mark, Monkey Bar, The Noortwyk, Olio e Piu, The Penrose, Saint Theo’s, Sant Ambroeus, Uva, Uva Next Door, and Via Carota; and in Brooklyn at Catbird, Doris, 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 do Aba and Lonesome Rose in Chicago, Illinois. In Boston, Massachusetts, Rochambeau has matches as does Tommy’s Tavern & Tap in Morris Plains, New Jersey.
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, Extra Virgin, 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, 167 Raw, 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 Jackson, New 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.
For February 2023, matches started with Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with matches at: Edith Lucielle’s Bait Shop & Wing Depot. In Charleston, South Carolina, matches have been found at Harold’s Cabin and Rancho Lewis. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, there are matches at Pearl & Mary and Vintage Wine Bar while in New York City, New York, Rubirosa has matches with its name. In Las Vegas, Nevada, Frankie’s Tiki Room and Mothership Coffee Roasters have matches.
For January 2023, matches started with Gemini in Chicago, Illinois, The Smoke Shop in Boston, Massachusetts, Bar de Courelle in Montreal, Quebec, and The Dubliner in Washington, District of Columbia. In Texas, matches have been found in Austin at Austin Motel, Bobalu Cigar Co., Cafe No Se, Carpenter Hotel, Casino El Camino, La Condesa, Diner Bar, Eberly, Frazier’s, Goldies, Guero’s, Hotel San Jose, Lambert’s, Monkey See Monkey Do!, Nickel City, Peacock, Perla’s, La Piscina, Suerte, Uchiko, Vince Young Steakhouse, Wax Myrtle’s, and Wisler’s and in San Antonio at Esquire Tavern. In St. Augustine, Florida, Fish Camp, Stogies, and Trade Winds Lounge have matches.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, began December 2022 with matches at Bud & Marilyn’s while in Newtown, Isaac Newton’s has matches and, in Pittsburgh, Love, Pittsburgh has matches. In Davison, Michigan, Whitey’s has matches with its name. In Montreal, Quebec, Le Darling has matches, too. Central Park Bar in Chicago, Illinois, Hard Rock Casino in Gary, Indiana, and Lakeway Liquor in Oak Ridge, Texas, all have matches with their names.
With November 2022, matches have been found in Delaware at Beach Liquors in Bethany Beach and in Dewey Beach at The Starboard. In Ocean City, Maryland, Bad Monkey and Greene Turtle have matches with their names. In Red Bank, New Jersey, Char has matches while in Montclair, Porta has matches. In New York City, New York, Sandro’s and South SoHo Bar in Manhattan have matches, too.
October 2022 — and matches have been found in College Station, Texas, where The Republic Steakhouse has matches with its name. In Charleston, South Carolina, The Dewberry Hotel and Millers All Day have matches. In Pennsylvania, Zoto’s Diner in Line Lexington has matches with its name as do Lancaster Cigar Bar in Lancaster and Good Dog Bar in Philadelphia. Pepp & Dolores in Cincinnati, Ohio, also has matches. In New York City, New York, Cask Bar & Kitchen, Jack’s Wife Freda, Joseph Leonard, Le Dive, and Sid Gold’s have matches as does Catbird in Brooklyn.
September 2022 started quickly with matches at MOGO in Asbury Park, New Jersey. In New York City, New York, Hancock Street, The Horny Ram, Jeffrey’s Grocery, Motel Morris, SoHo Grand Hotel, Toad Hall, Tom & Jerry’s, and Veronika have matches with their names; in Brooklyn, Cafe Colette has matches. Old Ebbitt Grill in Washington, District of Columbia, and 5th & Taylor in Nashville, Tennessee, have matches as does Harvest Moon Inn in Ringoes, New Jersey. In Ohio, The Cleveland Bagel Company in Cleveland also has matches while in Montreal, Quebec, Le Majestique has matches, too.
August 2022 started quickly with matches at Betelgeuse, Montrose Cheese & Wine, and B&B Butchers & Restaurant in Houston, Texas. In Boston, Massachusetts, The Banks Fish House has matches with its name as does Trixie’s in Hamtramck, Michigan. Miller’s Landing in Seward, Alaska, has matches with its name while in San Diego, California, Seneca Trattoria does, too. In New York, Oak Chalet in Bellmore has matches and, in New York City, matches have been found at: American Bar, Balzem, Bar Felice, Bar Pitti, Buvette, BXL Zoute, Cafe Luxembourg, Center Bar, Crosby Street Hotel, Fred’s; Heidelberg, L’Artusi, Lavo, Lotte New York Palace, Mah-ze-Dahr, Nice Matin, North Square, Pennsylvania 6, Petite Boucherie, P.J. Clarke’s, The Plaza, Sandro’s, Shoo Shoo, Socorrat Paella Bar, Strip House, TAO, Trump International Hotel, and Ulivo. Otto’s Tavern in Emlenton, and The Royal Inn in Ridgway, Pennsylvania, both have matches. In Ohio, Cousins Cigars in Avon also has matches. In Kansas City, Missouri, Majestic and The Ship have matches with their names. And, in Wisconsin, The Blue Door Pub in Kewaunee and Sister Bay Bowl Supper Club in Sister Bay have matches, too.
Our thanks to the bulletins of the Empire Matchcover Club and Liberty Bell Matchcover Club for printing articles mentioning places that have matchbooks or matchboxes with their names.