Memorably rowdy |

Memorably rowdy

Dear Editor:

John Colson beat me to the punch with his outstanding commentary about Bentley’s in the recent Aspen Times Weekly (“Please, no more ‘fern bars’ at the Wheeler,” Feb. 3). I was eagerly waiting for someone to mention The Pub …

I recall the rowdy bar that once was from my grade-school years. I went and sold The Aspen Times down there once ” that was enough.

There were window wells that opened up to the street, where the sweet smell of cigarettes and stale beer would waft up to the street level from the bowels of the Wheeler building. Upstairs the theater, with its wooden bench seating covered with Naugahyde in the balcony, was playing a 3-D double feature ” “It came From Outer Space,” and “The Creature from the Black Lagoon.”

The bar below was filled to capacity with over-served rugby players and a gaggle of other surly local riffraff. I rode by on the sidewalk on my BMX bike, threw a heaving water balloon through the downstairs window and sped off ” hearing immediate boisterous reactions and dismay. When I clinically returned to the scene of the crime, some “gentlemen” were haranguing an innocent hippie who was smiling on a cloudy day.

That was a rowdy, raucous bar. And to that poor hippie ” I’m really sorry about that, brother.

Lo Semple


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