256 S CENTER ST
CASPER, WY 82601
The World Famous Wonder Bar is Casper's original Bar and Grill. It is what many others have tried to copy but you can't copy the history of The Wonder Bar.
In the '40s and '50s, the New Wonder Bar was the life of the town. And it has outlasted four other taverns on South Center. The Wonder Bar has always been noted for attracting crowds and celebrities. During the annual Central Wyoming Fair parade, the sidewalk in front was always jammed with spectators quaffing beer, while the cops looked the other way.
Many bystanders remember the day when a cowboy rode his horse right into the tavern and bought a beer. The tradition of bringing horses into the bar started in the '50s and continues today. But ponies must be potty trained. No bar towels are allowed to be used on the floor.
Casper's original Wonder Bar, on South center, for 50 years stirs up a host of memories from the Saloon Row on the south side of the 200 block on South Center, going back to the end of the Prohibition era in 1934.
The only tavern on the street in 1933 was the Mint Bar at 256 S. Center, the present location of the Wonder Bar. The Mint dispensed Near Beer, around 3 percent alcohol, which many former GI's remember guzzling at the Army PX. No doubt the Mint laced a few drinks.
The speakeasies or bootleg joints were located on side streets and had sliding peephole windows to guarantee only trusted patrons, not revenue agents, could enter.