Video: Peter von Panda
Background Furniture historians date the first appearance of a bar stool in a saloon to about 1840. The high-backed, armless stools became popular with customers who wanted to sit at the bar and shoot dice or play cards. These stools also appealed to bartenders because they freed up space on their cramped wooden countertops for mixing drinks and serving beers from coolers. They were perfect for handling crowds of thirsty men looking for a drink.