BEST NEIGHBORHOOD BAR (MINNEAPOLIS)
Merlins Rest Pub
It may not be in your neighborhood, but it's friendly enough to feel like it is. On any given night, visitors might find locals who walked from their homes, elderly patrons bused in on a road trip and ready for a good time, and hipsters in search of good whiskey and beer on tap. Most evenings you'll find live entertainment, from pub quizzes to Celtic jams to blues. Brews on tap include Summit, Bodington's Pub Ale, Guinness, and Smithwicks Irish Ale. The whiskey selections are great, and the bar often hosts special tasting events for single-malt Scotch enthusiasts. Diners can nosh on traditional U.K. treats, including bangers and mash, Welsh lollipops, and stew. Merlins also offers vegetarian versions of many dishes traditionally loaded with meat.