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  1. Default L'il Help on Visiting MSP

    Cal grad here looking forward to our upcoming game. Looking forward to visiting, but nervous about the game. Brewster's a good coach and UM is much better than the team we saw in Berkeley a few years ago. Hoping for a well-played, injury-free game.

    Need some help on our visit. Staying downtown, going to the Twins game on Friday night, and looking for some recommendations. Looking for some bars/pubs either downtown or near the Metrodome for a mini-pub crawl and an early dinner on Friday. Nothing fancy, but fun "local" places.

    Not renting a car, so taking LRT/bus to the game on Saturday. Is Stub and Herb's the best bar closest to the stadium? Will we be able to check out the basketball and hockey arenas before the game?

    Looking for a nice spot for Saturday night dinner. Something unique and ideally on/near the banks of the Mississippi. Sea Change and 112 seem to be the best bets so far.

    Going to Hell's Kitchen on Sunday, but looking for places to explore during the day. Any help on any of the topics would be much appreciated. Thanks.


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    For the Twins game on Friday I would recommend Maxwell's on Washington Ave. Nice place. Otherwise I would head up Washington a little bit further and hit Town Hall Brewery, Bullwinkles, and Sgt. Prestons. All those places are within 10 min. walk of the stadium but you might need to cab it from your hotel. Tons of cabs available. And that is what I would recommend taking you to the game on Saturday as well. Don't mess with the bus and the LRT doesn't get you close to the U.

    As far as gameday goes you can't go wrong with Stub and Herbs. There is also Sally's and The Big Ten. All 3 of these are on the same street in Stadium Village by the stadium (you guessed it, they are all on Washington Ave). STubs and Big Ten are old school places whereas Sally's is a bit larger and typically a younger crowd.

    As far as Sunday goes I think one of the best places in town is Minnehaha Park. It has a waterfall called Minnehaha Falls. Not too many cities can claim to have a waterfall of this caliber in its backyard. Its right on the LRT line, probably 10 minutes from downtown. They also have a very nice little eatery in the park called Sea Salt. You can sit outside under the nice big trees and have a few rounds of beer and some oysters or walleye sandwhich.

    The 112 eatery is not on the river but its a great place to eat. Just a few blocks away from the new Twins stadium.

    Not sure if you will be able to sneak a peak at the Williams or Mariucci Arenas before the game (which to me is a great idea). Maybe email our athletic director Joel Maturi and find out....maturi@umn.edu
    I'm not kidding. He reads every email and actually responds to them.
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    Downtown? How about a World Tour?

    I would make sure to check out Brits pub.

    This is the most unique place we have downtown.

    http://www.britspub.com/


    Since you'll be in the area, I would then check out The Local which serves more Jameson than any other bar in the country.

    http://www.the-local.com/

    I would then end your night with a cab ride out to Gastofs for Octoberfest. This is my favorite bar in Minneapolis. And it just happens to be the first weekend of their Octoberfest.

    http://www.gasthofzg.com/

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    Bars by the Stadium..... honestly none of us can give you any advice because no one knows how busy anything will be....

    I think if you can get in early enough, Stubs will give you the best experience. They should have some more unique Micro Brews and a great atmosphere with an outdoor beer garden.

    If you want to avoid some of the crowds and hop a free transit to the game, try out Town Hall.
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    I'm with these guys - go down Washington past the metrodome to 7 corners.

    That's where Bullwinkles, Sgt Prestons and Town hall are. Great food/beer/local environment

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    Before the Twins game, I would also head to the 7 corners area. Take a cab there from the hotel and walk to the stadium. If you have a decent size group, grab a fishbowl on the patio at Sgt. Prestons.

    As for Saturday morning, taking the bus to the game isn't a bad idea, but a cab would quicker and only run you $10. Stop in Dinkytown first and have a drink at the Library. They have a ton of TVs so you can catch College Football GameDay. Walk over to Stadium Village and spend the rest of the morning there.

    Brit's Pub and The Local are both great choices for Saturday evening. Gasthof's is also a great time during Oktoberfest and would be worth a visit.

    On Sunday, if you want to explore without going too far from Downtown, check out the Sculpture Garden and/or the Walker art museum.

    Hope you enjoy your visit!
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    Quote Originally Posted by anticallihan View Post
    Downtown? How about a World Tour?

    I would make sure to check out Brits pub.

    This is the most unique place we have downtown.

    http://www.britspub.com/


    Since you'll be in the area, I would then check out The Local which serves more Jameson than any other bar in the country.

    http://www.the-local.com/

    I would then end your night with a cab ride out to Gastofs for Octoberfest. This is my favorite bar in Minneapolis. And it just happens to be the first weekend of their Octoberfest.

    http://www.gasthofzg.com/

    Oski, if you want to see the best "local" bars we have to offer as far as atmosphere, these are the tickets.

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    A couple of quick thoughts:

    On Friday, I think you definitely hit up Seven Corners on the West Bank of campus for beers at Town Hall. With the beer all being brewed on-site, it'll give you something unique. The food is decent too. Plus, if you want to get a bit rowdier, Sgt. Preston's and Bullwinkle's are on the same intersection. On a personal note, I love Bullwinkle's. Not because it's super nice, it's just kind of an old-school, hole-in-the-wall type place that puts out good bar vibes to me. From here, you're only 10-15 minutes on foot from the Dome, as others have mentioned.

    Those recommending Gasthof's following the game Saturday (for Saturday night) are not at all mistaken in saying that it's a fantastically fun bar. The one thing I would caution during Oktoberfest is that they have outdoor drinking prior to 11 p.m. (maybe 10, double check the web site), and these outdoor tents hold significantly more people than the bar itself does. Be forewarned that getting into the bar when they shut down these outdoor tents can be difficult. This might be a great place to hit up while the tents outside are still open, with a plan to cab back to campus a/o downtown when they start herding people inside.

    Beers to try for some local flavor: Grain Belt Premium, Summit Extra Pale Ale, Summit Oktoberfest (if you can find it around town), Surly Bender (if you got to Sterb's before the game, they'll have a Surly trailer set up serving beer).

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoGophers2005 View Post
    Not sure if you will be able to sneak a peak at the Williams or Mariucci Arenas before the game (which to me is a great idea). Maybe email our athletic director Joel Maturi and find out....maturi@umn.edu
    I'm not kidding. He reads every email and actually responds to them.
    Thanks so much for your help. The older parts of Cal's campus remind me of Big Ten schools and Midwesterners are always so much nicer than everybody else in America, so it's always pleasant when Cal plays a Big Ten school in sports. That funky dropoff from the floor in Williams Arena always intrigued me. Was in San Antonio for the Sweet Sixteen in 1997 when the Gophs made the Final Four. Have only been to Minnesota on bidness during Winter, so looking forward to getting out and exploring. Some of the horror stories about ginormous killer mosquitoes scared the crap out of me, but hopefully we'll survive. Would like to suck it up one Winter weekend and see Gopher hockey, hoops, and go ice fishing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoGophers2005 View Post
    Don't mess with the bus and the LRT doesn't get you close to the U.
    Seems to be a lot of animosity on this board toward the public transportation in this town.

    I agree that the light rail is pointless if you're coming from downtown, but there is nothing wrong with the bus. I bring an express bus into downtown from the north suburbs, and then hook up with the 50/16 into campus. I do this every single day, M-F, and it hasn't steered me wrong yet. It won't get you there much slower than a taxi would. Plus it's only $1.75 each way, which is much cheaper than a taxi, obviously.

    www.metrotransit.org

    You can use the trip planner, enter the address of your hotel, enter TCF Bank Stadium as the destination, and it will give you 2-3 different options as to which routes to take. Can't go wrong in my book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oski Wow Wow View Post
    Thanks so much for your help. The older parts of Cal's campus remind me of Big Ten schools and Midwesterners are always so much nicer than everybody else in America, so it's always pleasant when Cal plays a Big Ten school in sports. That funky dropoff from the floor in Williams Arena always intrigued me. Was in San Antonio for the Sweet Sixteen in 1997 when the Gophs made the Final Four. Have only been to Minnesota on bidness during Winter, so looking forward to getting out and exploring. Some of the horror stories about ginormous killer mosquitoes scared the crap out of me, but hopefully we'll survive. Would like to suck it up one Winter weekend and see Gopher hockey, hoops, and go ice fishing.
    Your name suggests Illinois ties. Any connection there?

    My take:
    Seven Corners (Bullwinkles, Sgt. Prestons, Corner Bar, and Town Hall) is your best bet for a mini-pub crawl within 10 minutes walking distance. All of those bars share a corner on a weirdly shaped intersection, giving the neighborhood the name. It's also one of three "campus neighborhoods" as it also serves students on the West Bank.

    You can hit up the other two neighborhoods on Saturday before the game. Head to Dinkytown, check out the line at Al's Breakfast. They open at 6am. Waiting in line is worth it for the experience and the food, but on gameday it could be too insane being as it only has 14 seats. If it is, grab a drink or some food quick at the Library Bar, then take a walk through campus. If you go diagonally Southeast, you'll stroll through the Knoll (oldest part of campus), the Mall area, and down the Scholar's walk into Stadium Village. There Stub and Herbs' beer garden is what a lot of fans are excited about--and it's all because of Surly Brewing.

    And here's where I'll differ: go to Pracna on Main in St. Anthony Main that night for dinner. It's got a great patio on the river with a great view of downtown and the old milling district and a really good beer selection, and good food. It's also the oldest continuously operated bar in Minneapolis (since 1890). From there you can walk up the block to Nyes (another really famous bar) or even another block up to Whitey's Saloon or Bulldog NE. From there it's also a short cab ride downtown to Brits and the Local, or the other direction to Gasthof's

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    Try the peanut butter toast at Hell's Kitchen on Sunday. It will change your outlook on peanut butter for the rest of your life. It's that good!

    For Sat. dinner plans, there's nothing really great directly on the river as the Mississippi in Minneapolis is pretty much all industrial. But in downtown, you have tons of great dinner options. Murray's Steakhouse is a MN institution and has been for 50+ years, Manny's also just as good.

    Great suggestions by other poster on Brit's, the Local and Gasthofs. Campus usually gets overrun by undergdrads at night so I'd head downtown for your evening festivities.

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    A lot of folks already chimed in with what would have been some of my suggestions (The Local, Manny's, Minnehaha Falls, etc). But here are some additions...

    Places to eat/drink:
    Matt’s Bar – This is the place to go for a Jucy Lucy.
    Surly Brewing Company – Beer is a food and Surly brews some delicious stuff. Take the tour here and stop by Grumpy’s to drink a lot more of it.
    Bryant Lake Bowl – Both a place to eat and something to do (bowling, with very old school ball returns). Located in the Lyn-Lake neighborhood south of downtown.
    Mickey’s Diner – Fan of The Mighty Ducks? Remember the diner where Charlie’s mom worked? That was Mickey’s. Located in St. Paul.

    Things to see/do:
    Walker Sculpture Garden – the Walker MOMA has a crazy ass sculpture garden that is worth checking out if you’re into that sort of thing.
    Weisman Art Museum – A easy to spot Frank Gehry building on the U campus that is fun to explore if you’re looking for art.
    Minnehaha Falls – One of my favorite parks.
    The Depot Rink – Want to pretend its winter in MN? Then skate indoors on a nice fall day at The Depot.
    Science Museum of Minnesota – I’ve been a sucker for this place since I was a kid. Located in downtown St. Paul near the Excel Center.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AeroGopher View Post
    Your name suggests Illinois ties. Any connection there?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Oski_Yell

    Oski is Cal's mascot. He's the tawny golden embodiment of all that is pure, right and just in the world. There was a beloved elderly woman who used to do the Oski Yell at Cal games occassionally in the '80s. "Oski wow wow " is good, but not nearly as intimidating as "Whomp 'em, sidda head", her other ancient Cal cheer. Dunno if Illinois ripped off Cal or vice versa. There's also some claim that Georgia Tech ripped off something from Cal during one of the Rose Bowls back before electricity was invented.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MNCH View Post

    For Sat. dinner plans, there's nothing really great directly on the river as the Mississippi in Minneapolis is pretty much all industrial.
    There is plenty across the river from downtown.

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