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.
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