Best Neighborhood Bar (St. Paul)
The Muddy Pig
Do not waste breath or brain cells trying to explain the menu of the Muddy Pig, the popular hangout just over Cathedral Hill from downtown St. Paul. Burritos, pastas, jambalaya, and a “sausage and kraut bake”? It makes no sense on paper, and yet in person, feels inarguable. It’s bar food. And a great, beloved bar is all the Pig aspires to be. Look no further than its continuously updated beer list, a curated selection that makes room for almost every local beer of note, plus a bevy of rare imports for the internationalist in your group. And you will be in a group. Once someone announces a pilgrimage to the Muddy Pig, anyone within earshot will say maybe they, too, ought to get back in among the dark wood and dimmed lighting. Every neighborhood needs such a place. Few are lucky enough to have one.