Ken and Sara Beamish loved traveling the Minnesota countryside, visiting new wineries and breweries along the way. As they expanded their search to far-flung reaches of the country and even Mexico, they both had the same idea: maybe we could do this ourselves. That idea soon came to life as The Bohemian Wine Bar and Pub, where the pair now serve their favorite brews and vintages they found while traveling across the country. Drinks arrive by the glass or flight, with four different pours giving others the chance to discover the joy found at the bottom of a previously unknown beer. Alongside the drinks, cooks serve up small bites of wine bar fare, from plates of prosciutto and cheese to sandwiches topped with ham, raspberry, and cheddar. They even offer dessert chocolates that come served with two glasses of port, ensuring that meals end on a sweet note without printing their receipts on Fruit Roll-Ups.
Though outfitted with eight TVs and three supersized screens that broadcast any and every sporting event, Buffalo Bar and Grill is more than a standard sports bar. Live music rains down from the eatery?s stage, escaping from talented local bands and the karaoke-crooning vocal cords of aspiring rock legends. Guests can sip on a beer and nibble on mozzarella sticks, jalape?o poppers, and mini tacos as they try their hand at Texas hold?em. Hearty burgers and succulent sandwiches and wraps rehabilitate tired appetites after rousing rounds of pool, darts, or realistic video games that depict bowling, hunting, and spotting errors in the Wall Street Journal.
The ruleta wheel at Pancho Villa Mexican Restaurant sends tablefuls of friends into a frenzy when one of the bunch is chosen to take a spin. Landing on the right space in this wheel can grant the entire table free drinks from a selection of specialty margaritas and cocktails. This is just one of the ways the staff amps up the festive atmosphere in the restaurant—there's also karaoke every night Thursday through Sunday. And thanks to the flat screen televisions, patrons can keep an eye on their favorite teams as they face off with rivals or trade secrets for keeping their shoelaces tied.
Patrons come as much for the atmosphere as they do for the menu of chicken flautas, cheese enchiladas, shrimp chimichangas, pork ribs, and other traditional Mexican cuisine. When the weather's nice they can dine outside, where umbrellas protect their entrees from the sun's sticky fingers. Regular lunch specials and the Monticello location's lunch buffet make midday dining even more enticing.
152 Club Bar & Grill sates surly appetites with a menu of burgers, sandwiches, pizza, and more than 30 beers. Start the gustatory sojourn with fried pickles, spicy battered spears served alongside ranch dressing ($6), or dive mouth-first into the Island burger, a half-pound teriyaki-smothered patty dressed in a ring of pineapple, a layer of canadian bacon, and a space suit of vegetables ($8.75 with fresh-cut seasoned fries). The Club Stacker sandwich stacks smoke-pit ham, thick-cut bacon, and turkey breast between three layers of toast draped in american cheese ($8.25 with fries). The bacon-cheeseburger pizza represents a symbiosis of sandwich and pizza, sizzling with grilled hamburger meat and bacon on top of a thin crust covered in six cheeses and hamburger pickles ($12.25). A long list of beers, such as Blue Moon and Michelob AmberBock, gives guzzlers a choice of foamy beverages to wash down their grub, and seasonal draft selections rotate like a protractor playing Twister.
On May 28, 1958, Bob Kinnan welcomed patrons to his new bar, Bob's Lookout, with 30-cent beers. Two years later, Bob's mother contributed a concise menu complete with hamburgers, fries, and a porterhouse steak dinner. These days, Bob's joint?now known as The Lookout Bar and Grill ??offers a much wider array of drinks and comfort food. To create their from-scratch meals, the grill's chefs draw on Bob's family recipes as well as their own, which range from jumbo mushrooms stuffed with sausage and cream cheese to burgers infused with Cajun spices.
Not everybody shows up to The Lookout for food, which is now as renowned for its cuisine as its entertainment. The award-winning eatery's outdoor patio stands amid palm trees and a flower garden, not to mention a children's play area, cozy hammocks, and a horseshoe pit. The Lookout's backyard even hosts its very own volleyball court, where visitors can play pickup games or devastate newly-built sand-kingdoms. More festivities await inside, including weekly rounds of bingo, karaoke, and eclectic live music every Thursday?Saturday night.
At Malone's Bar & Grill, a number of the booths, tables, and bar seats have an optimal view of at least one of many televisions decorating the eatery. That means nary a second is lost watching sports and TV shows while patrons down beers, burgers, and cheese curds, or opt for heartier steaks. Doubling as a bar and a memorable dining experience, Malone's pays homage to the neighboring movie theater with deals for guests that take in a movie on the same day as their visit to the restaurant. The owners of the bar and grill routinely give back to the community by hosting fundraisers and sponsoring events such as golf tournaments, motorcycle runs, and 50-yard dashes.