It’s best to enter this bar from the parking lot. The door, simply marked with an address, leads right into the heart of Skinner's, with 70s-era mirror backed and staffed by folks who know a regular’s drink order before they make it to an available seat. The kitchen turns out grade-A bar snacks including a legendary pizza and crispy chicken wings. Look for the beer of the month specials.
The Spot Bar
This joint is an icon in the city, The Spot is a small dive that’s got zero ambition to be anything other than a watering hole untouched by time. Look for the Hamm’s and Pig’s Eye signs on Randolph and don’t be surprised if heads turn to take in a newcomer. Settle in, order a beer or a shot, and soak in the vibe.
The Turf is one of the best venues to catch a local show and the subterranean clown lounge is a true legend to local drinkers. There’s music every night of the week, including some bigger traveling shows. Check the schedule and head down for local band nights, strong drinks, and Saint Paul swagger.
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