A staff of sommeliers, beer experts, and cheesemongers helps customers to navigate Sunfish Cellars Wine Bar's impressive spread of wine, beer, and gourmet cheeses from throughout the globe. Cordoned off by region, the staggering wine selection includes classic vinos and rare varietals that instructors highlight during regular tasting classes. Cheeses plucked from an onsite shop pair with fine wines during tastings, as sommeliers draw on their extensive expertise to discuss restaurant wine lists, evaluate cost versus value, and explain why wine doesn’t come in an electric-blue variety. Beer-tasting classes are also available, as are congratulatory gift baskets and a personal wine-shopper service, which sources wine selections for fancy dinners and business meetings.
Chorizo, chihuahua cheese, lemongrass, and bamboo shoots are equally at home in Señor Wong’s kitchen, where the executive chef fills the menu with Asian Mexican fusion plates. Tacos topped with barbacoa or smoky black beans join entrees such as szechwan steak stir-fry served with jasmine rice. Señor Wong also pairs more traditional bar bites, such as what the Star Tribune thinks “might be the best sweet potato fries in town,” with 18 draft craft beers from breweries such as Surly Brewing Co. and Summit Brewing Company. Vegan and vegetarian options are also available. Weekly special events such as trivia and karaoke further foster the laid-back pub vibe, as patrons can sample sakes or sing lullabies to the Paloma En Fuego cocktail, which mixes Hornitos Reposado tequila, serrano pepper, grapefruit soda, hopped grapefruit bitters, limeade, and smoked salt rim. Friday and Saturday nights also feature live music from various local musicians.
In 1962, Lawrence William Yanz opened Hastings Bierstube, where he dished out German delicacies such as bratwursts, Reubens, and 6-ounce sirloin steaks. After his passing in 1983, his sons, Jim and Mike, started two new locations before forming a fourth with a family friend. The sons expanded Hastings Bierstube’s already extensive menu, introducing the Taste of Deutschland sampler platter, which features a selection of wienerschnitzel, sauerbraten, and house-made spaetzle.
Along with slinging authentic cuisine, the owners send lucky diners on vacations to Germany during giveaways, which fall on special occasions such as Oktoberfest and David Hasslehoff’s half birthday. For visitors remaining on American shores, the restaurants host weekly events, including bingo, open mics, karaoke, and live music.
Joke Joint Comedy Club packs its schedule with touring comics and local stars, restocking spectators' mirth supplies during several shows every week. Audiences can browse a wide selection of humorists, whose collective resumé includes appearances on Comedy Central and Showtime’s Louie Anderson Presents. Housed in the historic Diamond Jim's Supper Club, the auditorium seats up to 200 chucklers at tables, where they can comfortably rest their elbows and laugh-track cassettes during performances.
Celebrating nearly 40 years in business, Tiffany Sports Lounge offers a friendly neighborhood spot for knocking a few back while munching on a variety of hearty, non-radioactive menu items. Silence grumbling stomachs with meaty plates of meat, such as the cheeseburger made with Black Angus beef ($8.95) and the KU smoked beef brisket sandwich ($9.50). Or repel a gaggle of aggressive penguins with a fiery basket of el diablo wings ($8.95). Instead of accidentally creating a batch of colorless petroleum distillate with a home brewery kit, down potent pours of tasty beer that won’t set sweaters on fire. In addition to curing empty bellies with delectable eats, Tiffany's treats aural ailments and bipedal depletion with live music (resuming in September) and a free shuttle to Gophers, Vikings, Twins, and Wild home games, just like at the doctor’s office.
With today's deal, Minnesotans can drive the winter cold away in proper Irish fashion: by drinking, eating, and telling wild tales and dirty jokes at the pub. For $10, you'll get $25 worth of hearty pub fare and drinks at Cork's Irish Pub, located in downtown St. Paul.Many inauthentic Irish Pubs fail this intensive certification process, but Cork’s Irish Pub easily passed, thanks to its tasty Irish food, bevy of beer options (chest pour optional), and a happy hour that has just the right amount of happiness.