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How much wood would a wood-carver carve if a wood-carver would have free rein to fill up an enormous space with bars and sculptures and snugs and whatnot? Answer: A lot of wood. A lot. This much wood makes you crave an Irish whiskey and a pint of Harp, which are exactly what the Local seems to sell a billion of on a Saturday night. So it's a great place to drink, a swell place to collect the phone numbers of comely strangers. And if you know what the gossip columns have reported happened in that one snug off near the bathrooms, give yourself extra points for knowing your Twin Cities tongue-twisters down cold.
(Photo by me)It's the fourth year in a row that the downtown Minneapolis Irish pub has poured the most Jameson Irish whiskey worldwide. This Thursday they will celebrate with inebriation. We'll admi... More »
Fun/random/totally drunken fact: Downtown Minneapolis's the Local sells more Jameson Irish Whiskey than any other bar in the world. Need we say more? Probably not, but all this Murphy's Irish Stout has got us chatty. The grub here transcends typical pub fare (we suggest you start with the whiskey-glazed chicken shot--yes, chicken shot--appetizer). And while the quasi-swanky interior lacks an overtly Irish vibe, its alluring dark-wood decor and semi-secluded booths make it an... More »
In terms of Irish-pub street cred, it's hard to top selling more Jameson Irish Whiskey than any other bar in the world (including those on the Isle itself). But that's not the only impressive thing the Local does--it also employs a large and friendly staff who are knowledgeable enough not to look puzzled when you order a Johnny Jump-Up. The kitchen provides one of the tastiest collections of bar food in the Cities with a menu that changes seasonally. Among our favorites are the baked... More »
Is it possible that the Local is simply too swank of a joint to qualify as the best place in town to drink alcoholic beverages of Irish derivation? With its beautiful, dark wood bar, elegant windows, white-shirted bartenders, and $5.50 pints, it's hardly the kind of joint to attract Paddy McAlcoholism, hell-bent on liver destruction by age 40. But the Local has too many fine attributes to pass over. The food is top-notch, from delicious, creamy hash browns to perfectly fried calamari to... More »
One Sunday in December, we stopped by the Local to catch a soccer match between English titans Arsenal and Chelsea. Despite the pre-noon kickoff, the pub was packed with 150 or so footy fans, most of British descent, judging by their chatter. But what caught our attention was a quartet of thoroughly American blokes situated directly beneath the TV screen. These gentlemen, probably in their early 20s, were largely oblivious to the soccer match taking place above their heads. They were... More »
In terms of Irish-pub street cred, it's hard to top selling more Jameson Irish Whiskey than any other bar in the world (including those on the Isle itself). But that's not the only impressive thing the Local does—it also employs a large and friendly staff who are knowledgeable enough not to look puzzled when you order a Johnny Jump-Up. The kitchen provides one of the tastiest collections of bar food in the Cities with a menu that changes seasonally. Among our favorites are the baked artichoke dip ($9.99) and fries with dipping sauce ($7.99). The dark-stained hardwood interior is cavernous and inviting, and with plenty of intriguing nooks (including a genuine make-out room) to nestle in with your friends, there's hardly a reason to leave.
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