One student has opened a new bar in downtown Morehead. 

The Slurrin’ Turtle held its opening debut April 11 with hopes of bringing a social club scene to the heart of Morehead. The bar, located off Main Street next to Whitaker Bank, was brought to life by Jacob Petee, a senior at Morehead State.  

“We really haven't had anything like this in downtown Morehead,” said Petee, owner of the Slurrin’ Turtle. “I just want it to be a cool college hangout, a place for people to come hang out and have a good time.”

The bar is named after the Sheltowee Trace, a national recreation trail that runs through downtown.

“If you walk down Main Street, there's actually a bunch of little painted turtles all down through main street, that’s because that trail runs through directly in front of us,” said Petee.

Petee, an agronomy and agricultural business major as well as Theta Chi member, said he set out on the personal business venture with the goal of providing MSU students and professors a long-needed place to cut loose. 

“I’m almost going for two different atmospheres,” said Petee. “I wanted a place where anyone can come out, any age 21 and up, throughout the day like professors but I also wanted a place that has a cool night life where you can come once homework and class is done and just hang out and have a few drinks.”

Slurrin’ Turtle will feature musicians and DJs to play music throughout the week and are hoping to launch a menu soon. 

The general public, avid sports lovers and Greek life are predicted to enjoy the atmosphere of the location.

“I enjoyed the cool grunge vibes of the bar,” said Audrey Heckman, a sociology major. “I really liked that it was in the basement of the building. The below ground feel made it much more interesting and gave it a pull that other places lack.” 

The Slurrin Turtle will be open from 3 to 11 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday and 3 to 1 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday. 

More information can be found on their Facebook and Instagram pages at The Slurrin Turtle.