line sketch of Syd's

About Syd's and the J.L. Evans Building

The Hamilton County Courthouse was built in 1879, and 10 years later the first tavern opened in the new J.L. Evans Building. The tavern benefited from nearby railroad traffic and it offered lodging on the upper floors. The building has always been used as a tavern except during the years 1909 to 1933 when alcohol sales were prohibited by the government. Walter Carey and Sid Gill opened Syd's in 1945 and installed the locally famous shuffleboard game in the middle of the bar. They also coined the familiar Syd's catchphrase, "Howdy Bub." Syd's became known for its cold drinks and friendly service.