The location, far eastern Alberta, the town of Sibbald. A faded sign taped to the door reads: “Warning, nude entertainers appearing within premises. Some patrons may find this offensive. No minors. Picture ID only. $10.00 cover charge. Sibbald Bar & Hotel.” Did I just read that? This ancient little flop house and watering hole found in a near ghost town had a peeler bar? Am I a player in some Twilight Zone episode? This is about as strange as it gets.
The mind races…
Who was their target customer? The handful of people that live in town? Farmers in the area, all dozen of them? Okay, I really suspect they were hoping to catch passing motorists on the highway, which bypasses town by a bit. “Boy, I’m sure weary from the open road….hey boobies! Stay in the car kids, I’ll be back in an hour!” …and local well paid rig pigs and boys coming in from nearby Saskatchewan where strippers don’t go. Hmmm, maybe there was enough of a market? But…where would the girls come from? The place is literally in the middle of nowhere and I bet off the normal stripper circuit. What did the locals think? Raised eyebrows. Heads shaking. Fingers wagging. So many questions!
The best we can determine, the hotel opened some time before the late 1920s. The bar became a “gentleman’s club” around 2010 and closed recently. The establishment was the last business in town.
To get some back story we attempted to call the number seen on the sign. No one ever answered. Too bad, we’d love to get inside the heads of the former owners. If they’re even still around. This I bet is one bloody interesting story.
Another “questionable” establishment…
The notorious American Hotel.
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Date of adventure: July, 2016.
Location: Sibbald, AB.