Urban Legends of Ogden: Funk 'n Dive

Tyler Hoffman

During the Prohibition Era, Funk ‘n Dive was a speakeasy and a main access point to the underground tunnels of Ogden. Today it is a basement bar located on Washington Boulevard and is reportedly haunted.

Ten different bars participate in Pub Scouts of Ogden and the Funk‘n Dive was the final stop for the merit badge during the month of September. Each month it rotates to a new bar, with a new beer of the month. To earn your badge, you need to visit each bar, take a selfie with the beer of the month and stop at the last location to earn your badge.

Funk ‘n Dive has some unique menu items called Happy and Pabby Meals, ranging from $4-$5 depending on what drinks you get. They also carry several local beers and a new beer called Dead Guy. “I haven’t seen it anywhere else,” said Lisa Barney, lead bartender.

Sunday and Tuesday nights are poker nights, Adult Trivia is on Thursday and there are live bands playing on both Friday and Saturday nights. Funk ‘n Dive also has fairly reasonable prices on drinks.

“Tonight we have Phoenix Rising and last night Skunk Dub, a reggae band,” Barney stated, emphasizing the diverse crowd who frequents the bar.

The Funk ‘n Dive is reportedly haunted by a maintenance ghost named Chris, whom employees believe used to be a janitor in the building. While there are supernatural events that take place throughout the bar itself, a lot of activity takes place in the maintenance room, according to employees.

The employees stated that behind the stained glass wall of the bar there is another room, which was originally connected to the main entrance of the Ogden underground tunnels.

Weber State students can enjoy Funk ‘n

Funk'n Dive Bar marquee.
Funk’n Dive Bar marquee.

Dive.  “It’s just relaxed, it’s really chill. The crowd is a little older. Everyone gets along, I have worked here since the end of February and only had to ask three people to leave, and we never have fights here. If you want to get away from the big crowd hustle and bustle, this is the place to be,” Delquadro said.

The band for the night was Phoenix Rising, a band local to Utah, playing covers of 70s to current rock music. The band was started by Dave Jenson, rhythm guitar and vocals. After his personal and work life “burned to the ground,” he decided to pursue his passion of music.

Shortly after, he was sitting outside and in the sky the clouds formed what looked like a Phoenix. To him it was a perfect representation of his life, and thus was the inspiration of the band name.

Jenson described that through the years the band formed into what it is today, but essentially summed it up with, “When you decide to follow your dream, what’s inside you what you love, it will work, things will fall into place, stuff happens that shouldn’t happen, I mean it’s crazy but it does.”