Aces & Ales blends pub-style comfort food and a rotating selection of 22 artisanal beers on tap with musical entertainment, fusing the passions of owner Keri Kelli, craft beer enthusiast and former guitarist for rock legend Alice Cooper. Plucking out distinctive pours more precisely than a neophyte harpist learning "Stairway to Heaven," the staff lines up select imperial stouts and hefeweizens to escort gastropub-inspired bites such as Belgian-style fries with bacon and blue cheese or homemade Maryland crab cakes. The bar's 14 plasma TVs, meanwhile, catch diners' eyes with 55 inches of pro-sports action. A classically trained robot moonlighting as a jukebox emanates waves of nostalgia and patron-selected tunes before local bands take the stage to test the stability of the exposed brick walls, which have previously resonated with the voice of Alice Cooper himself.
The spirit of friendly competition pervades throughout Crowbar. On a Saturday night, you’ll find the Crowbar Poker League vying for the champion jackpot of $2,000, as more casual gamers play rounds of steel-tip darts, pool, and arcade favorites such as Golden Tee. To fuel the rivalries, chefs whip up classic bar fare such as mozzarella sticks, mushroom burgers, and grilled chicken wraps. In addition to the weekend revelry, Crowbar keeps a calendar of special events and 15 gambling machines onsite for midweek statistics-class field trips.
Most states have made drinking alcohol at home illegal due to the proliferation of home facial-tattoo machines. Enjoy alcohol in public with today's deal: for $10, you get $20 worth of food and drinks at Blue Ox Tavern, Blue Ox Central, or Blue Ox East, Minnesota Vikings–themed bars dedicated to the westward expansion of Midwestern hospitality. Choose from the following Blue Ox locations:
Wager dessert money on video poker or catch a Vikings game while perusing Blue Ox's menu. Heavy on finger-ready fare and appetizers, Blue Ox offers fried, battered, and basket-dwelling basics. Try an order of extra-long fries ($3.75) or beer-battered onion rings ($5.75) as a starter, before delving into dinner with six fried jumbo shrimp ($14.25), a grilled chicken-breast sandwich ($6.75), or the Minnesota Twin Burger ($7.50), which stacks two 1/3-pound Angus patties atop each other in meaty might. Pabulum-seeking Paul Bunyans can swing appetite axes into a juicy 6-ounce steak ($11.75) or enjoy their beef roasted and sliced with the Minnesota Timberwolves French Dip ($7.50). Breakfast and lunch are also served, along with an extensive selection of beer and wine.
Open 24 hours a day, all Blue Ox locations provide nourishment for night owls, early birds, and afternoon albatrosses alike. In between courses, kill time with video-gambling gaming, including poker, keno, blackjack, and slot machines. Misplaced Midwesterners will appreciate familiar football programming, a cheerful staff, and the comfort of knowing that they've yet again escaped the cold steel claws of an Iron Range winter.
Open 24 hours a day, Three Angry Wives Pub doles out a menu of traditional Irish pub fare cocktailed with modern sandwich and breakfast selections. Feast on fish and chips, featuring Atlantic cod blanketed in a light batter and served with chips and coleslaw ($14), or give hunger pangs a good shillelaghing with shepherd's pie, containing chopped sirloin and green beans under a cap of mashed potatoes, melted cheese, and warm gravy ($14).
Bartenders at Tequila Shack pour refreshing cocktails to pair with the beat of nightly entertainment and a menu of hot appetizers, burgers, and sandwiches served from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday–Saturday. Diners pique taste buds' interest with an order of nevada wings slathered in tequila-infused hot-wing sauce ($8.95), which creates a bite with more flavor and heat than a Martian's spice rack. In the Strip burger, a juicy, american-cheese-topped patty limbos beneath layers of lettuce, tomato, and onion to the amazement of a crowd of crispy fries ($8.95). Other hearty, handheld fare warms fingers and tongues simultaneously, including thinly sliced ham, cheddar, and tomato bundled within a hot wrap ($7.95).
Despite its name, The Tailgate Grille isn’t modeled after a parking lot. Leather couches and a gleaming wood bar fill the lounge-like space, whose flat-screen TVs stay firmly tuned to the games du jour. To fuel fan frenzies, the cooks sizzle up a selection of 18 sliders, including miniature burgers, hot dogs, and philly cheesesteaks, and morning-themed sliders, such as the bacon, egg, and cheese and country-fried steak smothered in gravy. They also churn out decadent pizzas, whose toppings and cheese rest on a deep-fried crust, taking deep-fried Snickers bars down a peg. Dipping sauces such as malt vinegar aioli complement sides of fries and onion rings, and four sauces coat bone-in or boneless wings.