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Cooper Irish Pub

1607 Park Pl. Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-698-2000

From the guy who brought you the Local and the Liffey comes an Irish Pub for the suburban set. Located just off 394 in St. Louis Park, Cooper Irish Pub is already becoming a local hot spot, due in part to the free heated underground garage parking and the popular tomato soup. Happy hour could be better described as happy long afternoon, and with food all day and late-night appetizers, it's a great place to grab a beer and a bite without heading downtown. Continue Reading

Dubliner Pub

2162 University Ave. W, St. Paul, 651-646-5551

This modest St. Paul pub is known to pour some of the best Guinness in town, and can be a lively place to have a drink, especially on St. Paddy's Day. They host a variety of Irish folk music groups pretty much every night, and even have Irish dancing on Wednesdays. Many of St. Paul's so-called "Irish mafia" hang out here, but they don't look any different from anyone else—except that sometimes they're friendlier. If you're looking for a casual, authentic Irish experience, you could do worse than the Dubliner. Continue Reading

Keegan's Irish Pub

16 University Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-252-0880

You don't have to fly to Ireland for an authentic pub experience. 
You don't have to fly to Ireland for an authentic pub experience. With a bar that was constructed in (and transported from) the Irish homeland, a wide selection of Irish brews, whiskeys, and grub, plus the presence of live Irish music, Keegan's is a great spot to find true pub culture. In fact, it's the only Irish Pub Concept (IPC) pub in the state, a guideline developed by Guinness Brewing Company. Keegan's also features twice-a-week trivia games and late-night weekend breakfasts. Continue Reading

Kieran's

Kieran's

600 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-339-4499

One thing's for sure: you'll always feel welcome at this lively downtown bar. Serving up Irish favorites such as Guinness, Jameson, Harp, and Finnegan's, plus a slew of specialty pints such as Black and Tans (Guinness and Smithwicks) and Snakebites (Harp and Cider), Kieran's may be one of the best pubs in the Cities. Need something to munch on with your Guinness? Try some corned beef and cabbage, a shepherd's pie, or Kieran's "world famous" fish and chips. The Irish menu is authentic and extensive. A hot spot during happy hour (the patio attracts a crowd in the summer) and on Vikings and Twins game days, Kieran's is also the place to be in Minneapolis when St. Patrick's Day rolls around. Continue Reading

Kip's Irish Pub

Kip's Irish Pub

9970 Wayzata Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-367-5070

Kip’s wanted authenticity—so they had their interior built in Dublin, disassembled, shipped over, and reassembled by four Irishmen and one Irishwoman. The results are several beautiful rooms of wood and stone, adorned with whiskey barrels, a hand-painted ceiling map of Ireland, and, above the bar, a large copper keeve of the sort used for brewing spirits. As Kip’s sits adjacent to the Marriott in St. Louis Park, its clientele is about half hotel guests and half anyone interested in sipping some Jameson or Smithwick’s in a hospitable setting, especially during the twice-nightly happy hours or when live music’s playing. Continue Reading

Bartender Pip Hanson at Marvel Bar

Marvel Bar

50 N. 2nd Ave., Mpls., 612-206-3929

Wander down the back stairs and find a dimly-lit temple to the cocktail gods. Continue Reading

O'Gara's Bar and Grill

164 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, 651-644-3333

When O’Gara’s opened in 1941, you could grab a pint of beer and get a haircut at the same time. The barbershop of Carl Schulz (father of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz) occupied what is now the game room at O’Gara’s. You can no longer get a buzz at O’Gara’s . . . well, OK, you can. You can’t get a trim, but if you like the idea of listening to live jazz, big band, or local music while sipping freshly brewed beer from the O’Gara’s Brew Pub, this is the place. Continue Reading

Palmer's Bar

500 Cedar Ave. S.,, Mpls., 612-333-7625

Thank goodness for Palmer’s. This misshapen, rough-around-the-edges West Bank staple hasn’t changed in decades, and we like it that way. Located in the Seven Corners neighborhood, Palmer’s welcomes all serious drinkers, from middle-aged Blues enthusiasts after a show at the Cedar next door, to the construction worker, to young, raucous U of M students blowing off steam. The bartenders don’t mince words, the drinks are strong, and the patio is a guaranteed good time, even in the winter. You can buy a pack of peanuts or a couple Slim Jims, but you’d be better off sticking to drinks and gossiping with the bartenders and eclectic cast of regulars. Continue Reading

Parlour

730 N. Washington Ave., Mpls., 612-354-3135

Lead barman Jesse Held shakes up heritage liqueurs, house made syrups, and top-notch service in Borough's downstairs cocktail den. The burger ain't bad either. Continue Reading

Patrick McGovern's

Patrick McGovern's

225 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-224-5821

Patrick McGovern’s is the kind of place where you have to fight for a drink. The upstairs gets PACKED with Wild fans and concertgoers who have made McGovern’s the Mecca of pre- and post-Xcel event rowdiness. Bartenders and servers are often overwhelmed, and the imported tap beers and bottles of whiskey have been known to run dry on the busiest nights. But if you’re looking for a crowd—the kind of place where any open space can turn into a makeshift dance floor past midnight, and inebriated guys in Wild jerseys pass out wedding proposals along with free shots—McGovern’s is the place. If you want a more peaceful pub scene, check the Xcel’s event calendar before heading out; on off nights, McGovern’s is just another neighborhood Irish pub. Continue Reading

Prohibition

Prohibition

821 Marquette Ave S, Mpls., 612-597-2413

Feeling swanky? Head up to the 27th floor at the Foshay, and you'll be in good company. Pink sconce lighting guides your way into the nooks and crannies of this dimly lit, modern-chic bar. Don't forget your suit and tie, or stilettos and micro-mini dress. Drinks can be on the expensive side individually, but Prohibition also invites its clientele to spread the love. Some drinks on the menu are meant to be shared with two or more people, and always get a reaction when they bubble and fog up with dry ice. Continue Reading

The Halftime Rec

The Halftime Rec

1013 Front Ave., St. Paul, 651-488-8245

Old-timers will tell you that the Halftime Rec, once the bar for live Irish music in the Twin Cities, lost some of its soul when it converted its back music room to a country-western theme. Others—namely those who like country music, blues, and bluegrass—will tell you the scene has never been better. The Rec still has its famous bocce ball courts downstairs, and weekend nights are standing-room only drinkfests with plenty of dancing. For nostalgia’s sake, the Rec does still book the occasional Irish band, and there’s Guinness on tap every night for anyone who wants to cry in their beer. Continue Reading

The Liffey

The Liffey

175 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-556-1420

Step into downtown St. Paul’s The Liffey, Kieran Folliard’s pub named after an Irish river, and absorb the authentic Irish spirit. The interior comes straight from “back home,” with a 100-year-old wood floor salvaged from Irish buildings, Irish-handcrafted woodwork and painted glass, and horseshoe-shaped bar. Snug booths and hightop tables make the place perfect for toasting friends, or a date, with Jameson or Guinness. On weekends, bands such as the Saint Dominic’s Trio and Wild Colonial Bhoys serenade the crowd—patrons hear U2 and Van Morrison, as well as the tin whistle. The beautiful terrace is open May through October, weather permitting, and happy hour is more accurately called happy hours—specials run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Liffey’s not just for the Irish, and not just on St. Patrick’s Day, luckily. Continue Reading

The Local

The Local

931 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-904-1000

For four years running, The Local has poured the largest volume of Jameson Irish Whiskey in the world. If that doesn't tell you what kind of fun you'll have at this downtown Irish pub, we don't know what will! Head there for happy hour and you'll find numerous young professionals (ahem, Target employees) enjoying the carved wooden scenery and a nice, refreshing pint. During the summer, the outdoor patio is a prime people-watching spot, so getting a seat can be a challenge. Those with patience will however be rewarded. Continue Reading