We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Before Fergie’s Pub there was nothing. At least not in what’s now known as Midtown Village. Back in 1994 when former McGlinchey’s barkeep Fergus “Fergie” Carey, and Bookbinders’ barman Wajih Abed opened shop near 13th and Sansom, there were no critically acclaimed restaurants from empire builders Stephen Starr, Marc Vetri, and Marcie Turney lining the streets. Just porn shops, strip joints, and adult cinemas interspersed with vacant storefronts. Now its a bustling nerve center of commerce and culture, dotted with nationally renowned restaurants, and stylish boutiques. And we have visionary trailblazers Carey and Abed to thank for it. Tonight Fergie’s Pub celebrates its 18th anniversary, beginning at 7 p.m. Stop in, grab a drink and raise a toast to the pub’s longevity and success as the anchor in the neighborhood’s amazing transformation.