Surly Wench Pub (Photo by Mark Whittaker)

Surly Wench Pub Celebrates 20 Years on Fourth Avenue


May 30, 2024
By Matt Sterner

No longer in its teens, the Surly Wench Pub on Fourth Avenue is turning 20 years old!

You can head in and celebrate the impressive milestone anytime they’re open, but on Friday, June 7, they’ll be hosting a special Anniversary Burlesque. When it comes to burlesque, the Surly Wench has won numerous awards for its “bewitching tease-o-rama” fairly consistently since it began in 2006.

Friday night burlesque shows typically begin at 10 p.m. but follow the Surly Wench on Instagram to keep up with the latest.

Check out Mark Whittaker’s 2022 article “Great Food, Spicy Cocktails & Friendly Ghosts.”

For me, this anniversary is pretty neat because I was 20 years old when they opened in 2004. I remember walking by the bar one day — too young to go inside — and telling myself that this would be one of the first spots I’d stop by when I was “allowed.”

Mostly, the dimly lit bar at 424 N. Fourth Ave. still looks the way it did back in the early 2000s (from what I can remember). Although, they used to have airplane seats attached to a wall near the back, and were then removed years later after they suffered too many spills/messes. At least that’s what I was once told.

Just a couple of years ago, it was the very last bar I was able to take my dog before he passed away just a few days later. The bar is special to me, to say the least!

Surly Wench Pub is located at 424 N. Fourth Ave. For more information, visit surlywenchpub.com and follow the Surly Wench on Facebook and Instagram

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