Champion's Saloon & Eatery

Champion's Saloon & Eatery is a south Minneapolis institution of sorts—the sort that would call a place that serves food an "eatery." Essentially a neighborhood sports bar with grub, Champion's serves a staunchly working-class clientele in an iffy neighborhood, and the evening crowd is often described as "rough." For those who aren't so rough, it's the sort of place that requires a careful risk-assessment before entering. At the end of the day, though, Champion's is no more and no less than a large, neighborhood dive with a big island bar in the middle. If you're content to sip your suds and watch the game, it can be a fun place to hang out, and if you''re a writer looking for characters, you will find several novels' worth here on any given night of the week.