Good Time Bobby’s

In February of 1977, Bob Folz, owner Funky’s in downtown Evansville, opened a teen night club called Mr. Funky Monkey on the eastside near Washington Avenue and Green River Road. The teen club lasted only three months but reopened Aug. 31, 1977, renamed Good Time Bobby’s. It became a popular restaurant and nightclub and a staple of the late-70s disco scene in Evansville.

The disco was decorated with stained glass windows, rail road lights, farm tools and 175 horse collars.

The entrance featured a two-ton brass door which was once the entrance to the Commerce Bank in St. Louis. The club also featured a tiled, illuminated dance floor, similar to floors featured in Saturday Night Fever.

Good Time Bobby’s hosted a particularly popular Sunday night promotion “Boogie, Booze, and Bluegrass” featuring the Stoney Mountain Rangers Band on the upper floor and a disco on the lower floor.

The club was sold in March of 1981, later becoming Damien’s Restaurant.

History Lesson is a pictorial history of Evansville compiled by Daniel Smith, local history and digitization librarian at the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library.


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