Booze and history, together at last. If you take pride in knowing that a 1922 issue of Collier's Weekly ranked San Francisco and St. Paul as the two "wettest" cities during the prohibition era, or if you generally find history lessons a little too dry, then the Minnesota History Center's History Pub Crawl is for you. History and booze buffs can hop on a trolley and, according to the MHC website, "discover how Gilded Age robber barons, intrepid entrepreneurs, crime bosses, vaudeville impresarios, and influential politicians transformed a rough river port into the gleaming power center of St. Paul." The crawl, which will take place on three consecutive Wednesdays, includes visits to sites significant for both their history and their libations. Stops for the maiden ride this Wednesday will include Christos at the Union Depot Concourse and the St. Paul Hotel. Is there a better way to spend an evening in a town once known as "Pig's Eye," nicknamed after tavern owner Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant? I think not. Reservations are required; call 651.259.3015 to reserve a spot. 21+.
Wed., June 9, 7-9 p.m., 2010