Wisconsin’s oldest bar, The Monarch Public House, was originally built in 1893 by a men’s organization named the Odd Fellows as a base for fun and group gatherings. It wasn’t until 1995 that the space served its first patrons as a homestyle bar.

Bought by a city resident to save it from being turned into apartments, The Monarch found success with its new owner. Visitors of the bar can enjoy a meal, and a history lesson, from the bar’s owner, John Harrington, who is well-versed in the history of the building.

The Monarch Public House is located at 19 North Main St., Fountain City. They’re open on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until late, on Monday and Friday from 12 p.m. until late, and on Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. until late. They’re closed on Tuesday.

Give them a call at 608-687-4231, or visit them on Facebook to check out more photos and what they’re serving up on any given night. And, check out the website for more history and the complete menu and specials.