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.
Manned by professional drivers, the pedal-powered Traveling Tap carts up to 16 passengers around Minneapolis and Saint Paul via one of three routes listed here. It's up to guests to supply their favorite beers, wines, or malt beverages which the personal bartender pours into cups or stores in the bar-on-wheels? built-in coolers. Throw on your ear-flap cap and goulashes for early season rides or let the misting system keep you cool on warm summer days. Traveling Tap also boasts adjustable seats to fit all sizes, seat backs, and a smooth ride even Grandma would enjoy. Listen to tunes from a six-speaker overhead stereo while you take in the sights and sounds of the Twin Cities on each 7-mile-per-hour trek.
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The bustle of patrons and the action of vintage video games fill Chatterbox Pub, echoing against walls checkered with old paintings. Customers nestled atop overstuffed couches train their eyes on flickering screens filled with Atari, Nintendo, and Sega Genesis video game characters or board game pieces from Yahtzee or Connect Four.
Based on this casual, laid-back atmosphere, it might surprise guests to open the menu, which lists neither standard greasy pub fare nor a detailed treasure map to a VHS copy of The Road to El Dorado. Instead, its pages boast a wide range of artisanal pizzas, gourmet sandwiches, and steaks, along with a lengthy list of homemade desserts. Meals pair with pints of the pub?s own microbrewed draft beers, wines, and a wide range of specialty cocktails that wet whistles during sporting events, karaoke, open mics, and bingo competitions held throughout the week.
Come to Vine Park Brewing Company, and walk out with your own beer or wine. Not just a bottle to keep?one that you've made yourself. With the company's dozens of recipes, oenophiles can create their own pinot noir, white zinfadel, merlot, or shiraz, and beer lovers can brew up an IPA, a porter, a stout, a Belgian, and many other beverages. After their freshly minted drinks are sealed, guests can label the bottle caps for free or add a custom-designed label for an additional fee. Brew and wine party nights boost the fun by letting beginner brewers or winemakers mingle as brew coaches teach them everything they need to know about their chosen libation, such as what the yeast does and what kind of lullabies to sing during fermentation.
The Dubliner Pub has been quietly amassing a loyal fan base since 1983, but it wasn't quiet enough for City Pages not to notice. The city guide awarded the beloved watering hole the title Best Irish Pub in 2013, calling it "an authentic Irish bar without the frills or gimmicks." Visitors to the veteran spot can witness what the publication is talking about––six nights a week, live Irish music fills the space as patrons sip on pints of Guinness, Magners Cider, and local brews from Surly and Summit. Daily events fill the calendar, including Sunday's Brain Blasting Pub Quiz and Wednesday's Irish Ceili dancing, while free batches of fresh popcorn pair perfectly with drafts.