Wilson & Washburn
Wilson & Washburn, downtown Omaha's neighborhood bar, occupies a restored 19th century building on the outskirts of Omaha's notorious Sporting District. Long known for houses of ill repute & dens of iniquity, the area is now a bustling residential, commercial, and entertainment hub - just one block from Omaha's historic Orpheum Theater.
Featuring 24 craft & import beers on tap, a robust list of wines, scotch, and cordials, and a made from scratch kitchen, Wilson & Washburn lives up to its billing as a serious comfort station.
Utilize our under-bar laptop & phone charging stations, free wifi, and "work from home". Visit us before or after the show (or both). Or just stop in to say hi to the neighbors.
1407 Harney St,
Omaha, NE 68102
private, personal bartender, comfortable elegant atmosphere, catering menu for in house parties available. Host your work party, company meeting, rehearsal dinner, birthday party, whatever it may be in our very popular upstairs bar or mezzanine. Contact us for more information with the form below.
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Wilson & Washburn is a nod to early Omaha, a lawless and debaucherous pioneer town. Numerous characters shaped the city, including prominent madams Anna Wilson & Josie Washburn.
Little is known about Anna's early life. However, by the late 19th century she had amassed a small fortune from her business operations and real estate investments, and was known as the "Queen of the Underworld". Her 25-room mansion, formerly located near 9th & Douglas, was donated to the city to be used as a hospital until it was raze in the 1940s. She is buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery next to her companion Dan Allen, another key player in Omaha's formative years.
Josie Washburn worked many years in the industry, including a time for Wilson, before operating her own brothel in Lincoln. In 1909 she published a book titled "The Underworld Sewer: A Prostitute Reflects on Life in the Trade" detailing her life experiences.