Most children won't eat a vegetable unless it is fried, just like they won't walk a dog who isn't wearing a bowtie. Pick your battles with today's Groupon: for $20 you get a pub dinner and comedy night for two at Dubh Linn Irish Pub in Duluth (a $40 value). This Groupon is valid for any two entrees off the menu during Saturday night Dubh Linn Comedy Live! at 6:30 p.m. or 9 p.m. Before making your reservation, peruse the online comedy schedule for up-to-date showtimes and information about scheduled performers.
Dubh Linn Irish Pub simultaneously stimulates gobbling and giggling muscles with hearty Celtic cuisine composed of fresh, locally sourced ingredients, set before Saturday-night stand-up comedy shows. A stage-facing table in the Murphy Room elevates tangy, beer-battered fish 'n' chips bathed in malt vinegar and slow-cooked corned beef and cabbage that inspires nostalgia for your childhood pet leprechaun’s home cooking. A platter of bangers and mash transports taste buds to an Irish pasture budding with succulent sausage and covered in a freshly fallen snow of creamy garlic potatoes. Clappers can also juggle a bevy of handhelds such as the Gaelic tuna melt or blue-cheese burger, leaving guests to either stomp their feet or head butt their neighbor to indicate affirmation. Although not included with this Groupon, Dubh Linn also stocks a large selection of spirits and beers on tap ($4.75 for imports; $3.75 for domestic).
Dubh Linn Irish Brew Pub
A tile on the floor inside Dubh Linh points the way to Dublin, warning that the journey is a long 4,657 miles. Despite that distance, locals needn’t travel at all to experience the energy of a real Irish pub. With house-brewed beers and tons of live entertainment, it’s not so hard imagine that just outside Dubh Linh’s doors lies its namesake city.
When creating the house’s beers, the brewmaster works in small batches, each of which makes about four to eight kegs’ worth of brew. To get your hands on a pint, you need only look to the wooden bar where each one resides. Spanning a variety of styles, the beers at any given time may include a citrusy double hop IPA, maple ale, a light peach radler, and a potato stout made from Idaho potatoes.
Alongside that labor of love, the kitchen plates a full menu of pub fare spiked with both Irish and local flavors. Fresh-smoked Lake Superior trout opens meals before diners move on to plates of tender corned beef and cabbage. Six unique wings platters require a choice between sauces such as Wexford buffalo and spicy garlic. Once stomachs are full, regular events keep the festivities going. Whether coming for trivia, free pool on game nights, or comedy shows, there’s something here for every taste.