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A Minneapolis Dive Bar Resurrects the Grunge Glory Days For One Night

Doug Flicker, an out-of-town bar, and whiskey on Sunday are on among the best upcoming drinking events

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Doug Flicker holds a Heggies Pizza
Doug Flicker is reliving some 90s glory days at his dive bar, and everyone is invited
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Williams & Graham Take Over Constantine

It’s becoming a trend that Denver bars stop by Constantine for a takeover, but we are not complaining about the influx of fresh talent into that dark and dazzling bar. Sean Kenyon and Kenny Remster are swinging through town and will be creating a special cocktail menu for two nights only.

When: October 17 and 18, 6 pm

Where: Constantine

Cost: Free to enter, drinks are probably drink priced

Why it’s worth your dollars: It’s like a staycation, but for drinks. Sip cocktails made by talents from one of the world’s best bars without leaving town.

A hand holds a small snifter with whiskey in it
Learn all about the excellence of Japanese whiskeys

Cocktail Codex at Solo Vino

When the state finally got with the program and allowed liquor stores to be open on Sunday, Cathedral Hill’s wine (and booze, and beer) shop made the decision to stay closed Sundays. Well, that is until recently, when they started squeaking open the door just a bit for a couple of special weekend events once a month. October 20, Solo Vino is hosting a cocktail class examining the art of the Japanese whiskey highball, with James Beard Award winning author Nick Fauchald, and ice expert Erik “Easy” Eastman.

When: Sunday October 20, 2 - 4 pm

Where: Solo Vino, 517 Selby Avenue

Cost: $50

Why it’s worth your dollars: The price of admission includes not only all the samples that will be poured, but also two Riedel O whiskey glasses to keep, and a copy of Fauchald’s award-winning book. The takeaways alone cost as much as the ticket.

The back bar featuring bull’s horns, bags of chips, and on the bar is a dark beer with a bowl of popcorn
Stew in the angst with likeminded drinkers
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Rage Against the Cuisine

Grab a flannel and your Docs, Doug Flicker is bringing back all that was cool and angsty for one night at his fantastic neighborhood dive bar, Bull’s Horn. Wail about going hungry, while bobbing your head to tunes spun by DJ’s Har Mar Superstar and Solid Gold. Then, end the hunger strike with a special menu created by chef Flicker. There will be more surprises, classic movies, and scratchy grandpa sweaters over hole-y band t-shirts.

When: November 17, 9:15 to midnight

Where: Bull’s Horn

Cost: $10

Why it’s worth your dollars: That’s so cheap, even Clerks could afford it. (“I’m not even supposed to be here today!”) Even better, that cash will be donated to NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Keith Mrotek smiles at the camera, seated at the dark back bar at PS Steak
This guy wants to help up your home bar game
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PS Steak Dives Deep on the Old Fashioned

The swank steakhouse inside the historic 510 Groveland building is kicking off its first cocktail class series with a classic. Keith Mrotek will teach all about the history and nuance of the original cocktail, from when it was lousy whisky with some sugar up to today’s ubiquitous drink on every cocktail menu.

When: November 2, 2 - 5 pm

Where: P.S. Steak

Cost: $110

Why it’s worth your dollars: That’s a chunk of cash to throw down on one cocktail, but it’s a crowd pleaser, and Mrotek boasts a stunning breadth and depth of knowledge not just about spirits and history, but also technique. You’ll mix and sample several varieties before building what’s sure to become your signature style to share whenever entertaining this holiday season. Plus you get a tiny bottle of Angel’s Envy to bring home.


1115 2nd Avenue South, , MN 55403 (612) 353-6207 Visit Website

P.S. Steak

510 Groveland Avenue, , MN 55403 (612) 886-1620 Visit Website

Bull's Horn Food and Drink

4563 South 34th Avenue, , MN 55406 (612) 208-1378 Visit Website

Bull's Horn

4563 S 34th Ave, Minneapolis, MN Visit Website