Corralling groups for a night on the town can be difficult, as partygoers must wait for everyone to finish their drinks and grab their stuff before moving on. The team at Amsterdam Pedals helps smooth out such roadblocks with their 16-person pedal bar?a group bicycle outfitted with comfortable, inward-facing seats, a table, a cooler for BYOB drinks, and a driver to steer the whole rig. The trips cruise around the easy slopes of three signature routes, which can hit a variety of hot spots downtown, pubs and restaurants on 7th Street, or parks, where passengers can uproot and steal valuable trees. Guests can adjust their seats to suit their leg span, accommodating heights of 5 feet and taller, with three bench seats available for shorter clients. Tours can meander about St. Paul until 2 a.m., when the pedal bar must be returned to Amsterdam Bar & Hall.
Although it’s known for comedies such as the two-man, 24-character A Tuna Christmas, Actors Theater of Minnesota also places a significant emphasis on education and corporate training. At The Creative Institute, the ensemble trains students how to work theatrical media such as improv and writing into their everyday problem-solving skills.
Extracting odors and stains from clothing for 62 years, Martinizing Dry Cleaners serves 19 locations around the Twin Cities. Free men's dress shirts of stains, creases, and nametag residue ($2.89), or slide legs comfortably into the spotless surfaces of men's and women's slacks ($7.19). Blouses ($7.19) can frolic in the fresh air and warm sunshine of summer after spending quality time with sanitary solvents, and men's and women's suits ($12.59) can seek out water-free cleansing after food fights with hostile raiding parties from HR. Cleaning tips give customers insight into the mysterious and mostly nonmagical world of stain abolition.
A non-profit organization, the Irish Fair of Minnesota vibrantly shares cultural heritage by providing a summery celebration of all things Irish. Today's deal grants Emerald Isle lauders access to a plethora of concessions, whiskey and beer tastings, and pub fare to sate bellies as they explore the expo. The Liffey and Cooper Pub tempts tasters with a Irish stew ($6), but those whose carnivorous hankerings are inclined toward other meats can tuck into corned beef and cabbage rolls ($5) at Claddagh Irish Pub. Kieran's Irish Pub warms up shamrockers with fish and chips ($7), while Maggie's Irish Cookies' baked oatmeal and chocolate chip confections ($1 each, $10 baker's dozen) sweeten meals quicker than a lick from a gummy bear.
If Taste Twin Cities only had one metropolitan area to visit, the variety of food options would already be outstanding; with two, it's a culinary treasure trove. And that's exactly what participants find on these jaunts?which have made quite a name for themselves in the local press. In Minneapolis proper, groups stroll along on the Minneapolis Riverwalk Tour, sampling food such as barbecue sliders, nibbles from the city's first Thai restaurant, and cheese curds as the guide regales them with architectural and cultural knowledge. The Brewery Tours, meanwhile, take groups on a guided tour of an assortment of local breweries, where they sip eclectic brews and learn about the beer-making process.
Over in St. Paul, visitors board a coach bus for the Chocolate & Wine Decadence Tour, where they pair those titular items together and sample truffles that Oprah called "the best truffles in the country, possibly the world!" Then there's the River Road Winery Tour, which takes groups to three area wineries where sip samples and learn about the winemaking process, which includes humanely putting grapes to sleep before crushing them.
The Beer Dabbler organization has gone to great lengths to share its craft-beer enthusiasm with fellow Minnesotans, creating everything from beer festivals to The Growler, a bi-monthly magazine dedicated to craft beer and the culture surrounding it. With The Beer Dabbler Store, it increases those efforts with a retail space dedicated entirely to craft-beer goodies. Hailing from more than 100 breweries and artists, including many native to Minnesota, the store's eclectic lineup of merchandise ranges from beer-inspired posters and t-shirts to mason-jar mugs and artisanal wood-handle bottle openers. Those looking to expand their beer know-how, meanwhile, can subscribe to The Growler or browse through the shop's impressive inventory of beer books such as Extreme Brewing or Smoked Beers, a guide to ales made from fermented cigars.