State Lottery Sponsored Beer Glasses

Oregon State Keno Ads on Beer Glass

Here’s something I haven’t seen in Minnesota yet. State sponsorship of beer glasses for bars. Oregon’s bars often have gambling in the form of keno or video poker. Apparently, drinking isn’t enough encouragement on its own, so the Oregon Lottery folks are giving beer glasses to bars.

Will we see loons on the side of beer glasses in Minnesota soon?

Battle of the Fun Bars

I rode the LRT to the final stop in the warehouse district on Monday, exited, and noticed a bar called Sneaky Pete’s for the first time.

Sneaky Pete's - Ultimate Fun Bar + Grill

For all I know it’s been there for years, but I think I’m all little to old and a little too married to fully appreciate a “fun bar.” So, Sneaky Pete’s bills itself as the “Ultimate Fun Bar” but right next store is Drink:

Drink - The Original Fun Bar

Oh crap. What’s a frat boy to do? Should you go with the “original” or the “ultimate” fun bar for your Coors Light? Which one draws the ladies, thus the guys?

I tried to figure it out with the help of TCRazzi but learned little.

If you had to go to a “fun bar” which one would you choose?

McMahon’s Irish Pub – Minneapolis, MN

I can’t say that I had a lot of experience with The Poodle Club, but it seemed like a decent place to play pool or watch bad karaoke while drinking macro brews.

Apparently, it’s turning Irish sometime soon, according to the signs posted on the now closed bar:

The Poodle Club is Closed

That seems like a strange choice with Merlin’s Rest just down the block.

Can East Lake support two Irish bars within 10 blocks of each other?

Top TV Drinkeries

TV Squad has compiled a list of the top 18 watering holes from TV shows:

The 18 greatest TV drinkeries – TV Squad

Ah, the friendly neighborhood drinking hole. In one way or another, they’re there to give you that much needed morning/evening buzz before/after work or school. In what order you visit them is up to you. We’ve seen our fair share of these booze and caffeine shoppes on TV throughout the years, and here’s my pick for the top 18 — why settle for just ten?

I’ve been to Cheers in Boston, so that’s one off the list. I’ve also had the flaming ribs from the Quarks restaurant & bar in the Las Vegas Hilton, so does that qualify as two? Two of the 18 are cartoon bars, so it will be tough to ever his those in this lifetime.

Popeye’s on East Lake to Become Merlin’s Rest?

There is a hearing next week regarding the liquor license for the Popeye’s property at E Lake St & 36th:

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Time: 6:00 p.m.

Place: Longfellow Park, 3435 South 36th Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55406

Purpose: To present and solicit information on the following license application:

Applicant’s Name: Merlins Rest LLC

Trade Name: Merlins Rest

Address and Location: 3601 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN

Phone: (651) 271-0202

Current License: On Sale Liquor, Class E with Sunday Sales

Requested License: On Sale Liquor, Class C-2 with Sunday Sales and stay open until 2:00am in conjunction with a Sidewalk Cafe

Nature of Entertainment: The Class C-2 License permits non-amplified music by three or fewer musicians; customer singing; ethnic dance in full costume; radio, television; juke box or taped music.

Off Street Parking: This application satisfies the parking requirements. Parking is provided across the street.

What do you guys think?

Is parking a problem in the area?

Is 2am too late, or is later better so families can get home before the DUI crowd?

Has noise been a problem at the location?


Herkimer Doesn’t Serve Milk

Who knew that the Herkimer, the brewpub near Lyndale & Lake, doesn’t serve milk:

Why We Don’t Usually Eat at Bars: A Conversation at the Herkimer

Judy (many times throughout the meal and again whenever we mention the Herkimer throughout the week): No milk. I just can’t believe that a restaurant doesn’t have milk.

Um, I guess Judy didn’t.

Ordering milk at a brewpub is like ordering a fish sandwich at iHop.