BEST IRISH BAR Minneapolis 1998 -
We're not talking Irish pub: no dark-oak furniture, tasteful Celtic art, and private-label beer. We're talking bar: fake wood paneling, duct tape on the furniture, St. Pat's decorations up all year, and the most rollicking good time to be had this side of County Antrim. There's almost always live music (and a $5 cover); the two-man Irish Brigade practically lives here, providing the entertainment for most of every other month with a mix of rebel songs, bar-rock anthems, and Celtified country classics. If you're really lucky you'll be around when the audience goads them into playing their banshee-meets-babushka version of "Natasha."