Maybe not everyone knows your name in these spots, but no one will frown upon some ragged jeans and muddy work boots. St. Paul's West Seventh neighborhood has a distinct flavor. It's kind of Hammsy with a strong square pizza finish. Even as the neighborhood grows and changes, these are the classics that thankfully, never change (too much.) Get to know these neighborhood haunts with ridiculously affordable beer specials, hearty food and a bevy of Bingo nights.Read More
Take a West 7th Dive Bar Crawl
Let's go on a magical journey of cheap drinks and questionable company.
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Let us begin with the least divey of the dive bars. The lighting is abundant, the carpet relatively new, but the taco specials remain only a couple of bucks on Saturdays: so, we figure they count. It's a working class 'hood with a strong sense of community and the ties that bind usually mean a bar filled with people who have either known each other for years or are related. Sunday nights are prime drinking time when longtime bartender Harry is at the stick. Ask him for some Twin's stories and tip well. He's one of the best in the business and these drink prices will leave you with more than a few dollars in your pocket. Cheap Beer Specials? No Taco specials? Just a couple of bucks on Saturday Bingo? Wednesday
Bennett's Chop and Railhouse
Pay no mind to the nicely set tables and settle in over at the bar with the elbow room. Order a couple of stiff rounds and partake in the best bacon cheeseburger on this burger dense stretch of road. The owners are often on site and take the importance of your visit seriously. Around these parts, it only takes a couple of visits to be welcomed as a regular. Cheap Beer Specials? Happy Hour Taco specials? No, but did we mention the burger? Bingo? No.
If West 7th has a flavor, you can get a full taste at Skarda's. The drink prices are aimed at those who work hard for every dollar and the best drink orders are of the beer or whiskey variety (heavy on the beer). Cheap Beer Specials? Happy Hour means $2 Domestic Brews Taco specials? Free taco bar during Tuesday happy hour 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Bingo? Friday Night
This modestly sized St. Paul bar is an exercise in minimalism. The space doesn't need to be fancy, the drinks needn't be over thought and we really don't need a kitchen. Just settle in, don't expect to make any new friends and appreciate how insanely cheap the drinks are. They open at 8 a.m. for those in a hurry to forget last night. Cheap Beer Specials? We don't need no specials Taco specials? Nope Bingo? No
Skinner's Pub & Eatery
The mirrors behind the bar are partially covered with flyers and laced with a gold spiderweb design favored by '70's era rec rooms. The lineup of regulars at the bar greet each other by name and the bartender has their drinks ready before their butts hit the stools. The kitchen here slings some serious chicken wings, nachos the size of an island and fresh square cut pizzas buried under a layer of gooey cheese. Cheap Beer Specials? B.O.M.B. Beer Of the Month, Baby! Schell's Oktoberfest for $3.25 Taco specials? Saturday starting at 11 a.m. until they're gone Bingo? Thursday Night
Joe and Stan's
They're in the middle of a remodel right now, but we have faith Joe & Stan's won't stray too far from their humble origins. This isn't the place to flash a big wad of cash, but you won't need it for these tidy, strong cocktails. Hitting Saturday's karaoke night and meat raffle is the best entertainment money can't buy. Plus, they've got Heggie's Pizza. Cheap Beer Specials? Ridiculously cheap during Vikings games Taco specials? $5 Mega Tacos on Wednesdays Bingo? Wednesday
Windows are overrated and this far into our bar crawl, there is no reason to see daylight if you can avoid it. Keenan's thankfully keeps the lights at a proper drinking dimness and the portals to the outside world are easy to avoid. Plus, the menu boasts a hot dago sandwich. This will crush all hangover possibilities for sure. Cheap Beer Specials? It's hard to say. We're all special to someone. Taco specials? Sometimes Bingo? No.
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