Basement Bar Owner Celebrates 100th Birthday, But Hanging Bras Removed From Pasadena Pub: Report


The owner of Irv’s Basement Bar celebrated his 100th birthday with a party on Aug. 26 at the Pasadena pub, pictured above in September 2022. (Google Maps)

PASADENA, MD - Irv Koch, owner of Irv's Basement Bar, recently celebrated his 100th birthday with a party at his Pasadena pub.

Swaths of people showed up to support the Navy veteran, who owns what may be the last legal basement bar in Maryland.

WMAR reported that Koch, known as Mr. Irv, bought a home on the Patapsco River decades ago that came with a licensed basement bar. Irv's Basement Bar, also called Club Sunset Knoll, eventually became known for the bras that customers hung from the ceiling.

Koch told WMAR that he had to take the bras down, however, because they were getting mildewy.

“Everything deteriorates; everything, if it sits, it dies, and that’s why I keep moving,” Koch told WMAR.

Pasadena celebrated the barkeep's century of life with a party on Aug. 26. Dozens of people shared pictures of the party on the bar's unofficial Facebook page. The photos showed a large crowd inside the bar and on its waterfront lawn.

To learn more about Irv's Basement Bar and how it became an icon at 2054 Knollview Ave., check out WMAR's full story.

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