This joint rules the Twin City music scene. As a converted bus depot, the large two-story room offers excellent acoustics and sight lines. If live music is on the agenda, get there early and grab a table on the balcony. The music runs the gamut from reggae to punk to rock to country. If a local or national act is not scheduled to play, a DJ takes over and gets the dance floor jumping. Pool tables, pinball machines or video games offer quieter amusement.
Nothing beats the combination of fresh, healthy American food and an array of American beverages and drinks specials. Icehouse, which is a deli located in Whitter, offers just that and much more for the fun loving foodies. The atmosphere is casual and friendly, just what you'd expect from a deli. However, the popularity of this eatery is due to the range of scrumptious delights which are made exquisitely from scratch by the expert chef. This includes the small plates delicacies like foie gras burgers and scallops, as well as the special brunch items like Po Boy sandwiches and pastrami and eggs. In the end, you can wash it down with the drinks specials like Mothership Rita and Butterfly Kiss, or a glass of Cedar Ridge Bourbon or George Dickel 12 year from its splendid whiskey bar. Jazz and rock bands pack a punch with their performances every night, so make sure you reserve your table at Icehouse in the evening, to enjoy a satisfying American meal.
This classy bar and grill has been a pioneer among local restaurants by offering regional, home-produced food. This casually chic establishment has evolved into the best place to hear local and national jazz acts. An intimate stage separates the bar from the dining room. The acoustics are considered some of the best in the Upper Midwest. The menu features trout from a Wisconsin farm and local game fowl, mushrooms, and wild rice. It is all put together with the utmost care and a lot of imagination. The wine (including some by local wineries), beer and liquor selection is impeccable.
The Summit Brewing Company has come a long way since it first came into business in 1986 - its beers are now some of the most popular in St. Paul. Some are seasonal (such as the Summit Maibock and the Summit Oktoberfest), while others are available all year round. You can tour the brewery from Thursday to Saturday, but reservations are required for group weekend tours.
Enjoy samples of Japanese delicacies offered at Moto-i brewery and restaurant on Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis. This Japanese eatery boasts of being 'the first sake brewery restaurant outside of Japan' and backs it up by serving their own sake varieties, much to the delight of avid drinkers. Sip on sake served along with small portions of rice preparations and dumplings while seated on the rooftop terrace of this eatery. This brewery also has a selection of beers and tasty Japanese appetizers to get you started on your meal.
The PourHouse is a new lounge that replaced the Spin Nightclub. Based on the Prohibition theme, it re-creates the aura and atmosphere of a speakeasy lounge complete with the 1920s decor. It features a main bar area, upstairs room and an outdoor patio, thereby allowing large groups and avoiding over-crowding. The lounge also hosts live music concerts, stand-up comedy shows, theme parties, DJ sessions and many other events. If you are interested in hosting a fund-raising party here, then the staff at PourHouse will be more than glad to assist you. For more details and gig guide, call ahead.
Located on Oak Street, Stub and Herb's is a popular local hangout among students and other locals. Since its inception in 1939, this bar has been offering a slew of American delicacies and a variety of tempting beers. A reasonably priced establishment, they offer happy hours twice a day, from 3p to 7p and from 10p till they are open for the night! They have daily specials and their Kill the Keg Thursdays are a big hit among the locals. Food is simply scrumptious, cooked to perfection and prepared with the finest ingredients. Their Tater Tot Nachos, Stubs Signature Burger and Buffalo Chicken Sandwich are popular delicacies at Stub and Herb's. The ambiance is quite rustic and has a charm of the olden days.
The Hook and Ladder Theater offers numerous entertaining events. Be it music, dance shows, theatrical plays, comedy shows, arts and craft workshops or culinary shows, the space offers it all under one roof. If you are a person who loves live entertainment, then The Hook and Ladder Theater, should be your go to place. Additionally, the space is open to business events, private parties and fund raising events, it also hosts community festivals here.
The Du Nord Craft Spirits is divided into two sections, the distillery and the sample room which is also known as the Cocktail Room. All of the ingredients that go into the making of the spirits are sourced from close by vendors thus ensuring that quality of the product is not compromised in transit. Vodka, Bourbon and Gin are produced here on a small scale; a detailed tour gets you acquainted with the process. The admission price to the tour also includes sampling of their products. The Cocktail Room on the other hand is where you can unwind with concoctions created using spirits that are produced on site. The bartenders are masters and generous with their pours. Patrons can bring food into the distillery.
Kick off your weekend at The Blue Door Pub, a lively neighborhood bar. The bar menu comprises of craft beers along with the usual selection of wines and cocktails. There are also numerous dishes on offer in case you get hungry. Cajun Redux and The Merriam Park are particularly delightful. However, the drawcard of the bar are their range of Blucy Burgers. Definitely try the Belly Ring Blucy when you are here. Prepared with pepper jack cheese, fried BBQ pork belly, house made pickles, and a mac 'n cheese ring drizzled in BBQ mayo, the burger is loved by locals and tourists alike. If you are still wondering about whether you should try out this place, don’t hesitate, as fantastic bites, craft beers and fun vibes are a winning combination for anyone’s Friday night.
Northbound Smokehouse and Brewpub is a casual place to eat, drink and be merry. The best items on the menu are all perfected in house, from the smoked meats to the five house-brewed beers. Food items include smoked wings, chili, onion rings and even a banh mi sandwich. There is also outdoor seating and a few TVs around so you can still catch the game.
Touted to be the only sports bar in the area, The Corner Bar is a nice spot to hangout with friends over a drink or two. Catch your favorite team in action on any of their televisions or enjoy their happy hours. Nosh on tasty bites and listen to occasional live music as well.