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The Liffey, St. Paul, MN - Saint Paul

The Liffey, St. Paul, MN

The Liffey: Up on the Roof

This is another of Kieran Folliard's four excellent local Irish pubs (the other three are in Minneapolis) and a great spot, in the summer, for cocktails in the sun or under the stars. The Liffey is downtown and almost across the street from the Xcel Energy Center so it's a hot spot during winter hockey season. The interior is all lovely carved wood and etched glass - very cozy on a winter's day - but the real bonus is the large, 2nd floor patio that looks up at Cathedral Hill. Fabulous.

The menu includes appetizers (around $10.00), salads ($10.00), sandwiches, ($9.00), a few entrees ($11.00 and up) and a few desserts. I haven't eaten anything at any of Kieran's establishments that wasn't good.

There's live music on Friday and Saturday nights (Oct - March only) and Happy Hour Mon - Fri from 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Open 7 days a week - check the website for exact hours.

Dress Code: Come as you are.

Address: 175 West 7th Street, St Paul, MN

Directions: It's connected to the Holiday Inn, downtown St. Paul. Good directions on the website.

Phone: 651- 556 - 1420

Theme: Eating and Drinking

Website: http://www.theliffey.com

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 14, 2010
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Taps and more taps - Saint Paul

Taps and more taps

The Happy Gnome: Serious Beer

The ridiculous name conjures up images of flaxen-haired waitresses schelpping pancakes to bad polka music but not so. If the Muddy Pig is beer heaven, this is Nirvana: 70 beers on tap, and 350 in bottles. All of this hoppy splendor is housed in a beautifully restored former firehouse with an upscale, ambitious (and pricey) menu besides. Fortunately for those of us who can't swing the dinner prices, there is a pub menu with sandwiches and pizza starting at about $10. No? Ok, just come for the beer. Don't know which one to have? Try one of the flights - you can pick six, 5-oz sample sizes from a predetermined list.

We come for the beer AND the patio. In the warmer months, it's a nice place to hang out. There's a large fireplace to warm it up on chilly evenings, the outdoor bar has almost as many taps as the indoor (although you can order any beer you want), and knowledgeable staff can help you choose.

Not convinced? The Gnome was listed in the May, 2008 issue of All About Beer magazine as one of "125 Places to Have a Beer Before You Die." It's also just 2 blocks east of the Muddy Pig (see previous tip) - which is only two blocks from Sweeney's (see previous tip). With a very short cab ride from downtown hotels and back, the three of them make for one dandy pub crawl! I love St. Paul...

Check the website for hours, directions, menu and lots of good pictures.

Dress Code: Anything (clean) goes on the patio or main floor pub. If eating in the dining room upstairs (Firehouse Room) I might tidy up a bit more.

Address: 498 Selby Avenue, St Paul, MN

Phone: (651) 287-2018

Theme: Eating and Drinking

Website: http://www.thehappygnome.com

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 15, 2009
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The tap list - Saint Paul

The tap list

Beer-hog Heaven: The Muddy Pig

I hear that you can eat here but with as many quality beers as The Pig carries, food is strictly optional. I count 48 on the tap list and 63 in bottles. Not to mention a mind-blowing stock of scotches, bourbons and whiskeys. Oh yes, this is a very serious pub and not for sissies - they don't even have a Happy Hour. No matter, we were here for Hop Fest last winter ($8 flights of 3, 5-oz hoppy brews from a menu of 48) and the place was mobbed. Standing room only. Check the website for any current events and a full list of the goods. Good bar staff that's knowledgeable about the brews, and the usual pub-like decor. Great place.

Sun-Thu 11:30am-1am | Fri-Sat 11:30am-2am

There's a very small outdoor patio mainly for smoking. If it's outdoors you want, Sweeney's (see previous tip) is only 2 blocks away (south) on the same street ( (N. Dale.)

Dress Code: Shirt, shoes, whatever.

Address: 162 Dale Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Directions: See map on website (click on the tiny square at the end of the address)

Phone: 651.254.1030

Theme: Eating and Drinking

Website: http://www.muddypig.com

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 14, 2009
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Patrick McGovern's Pub and Restaurant - Saint Paul

Patrick McGovern's Pub and Restaurant

Patrick McGovern's Pub: Pati-O' Perfect

Yet another terrific patio for pubbing and grubbing. There is a raging debate out there about whether McGovern's is, or is not, an Irish pub but when the beer's cold and you're under the sun (or the stars) who really cares? Located in the historic Smith Building - a nice bit of Victorian Romanesque architecture built in 1888 by a former mayor of St Paul - it has a large main floor bar/restaurant, upstairs sports bar and a large patio and outdoor bar. Visiting in the winter? The interior is pub-like and comfortable with the requisite TVs for catching the game. Decent food, good selection of beers and just a fun place to hang out for awhile. One warning: it's packed to insanity before concerts or sporting events events at the nearby Xcel Center.

Address: 225 Seventh St W, St Paul MN

Directions: Corner of W. 7th and Chestnut, downtown St. Paul. It's walking distance from the downtown hotels.

Phone: (651) 224-5821

Theme: Eating and Drinking

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 14, 2009
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Patio - Sweeney's, St. Paul - Saint Paul

Patio - Sweeney's, St. Paul

Sweeney's Saloon and Wine Bar: Pints on the Patio

This is one of my favorite outdoor spots for a pint! Sweeney's has a terrific outdoor patio that snuggles up to their vintage brick building - out of the wind and nicely enclosed so you don't look at a parking lot or busy street. There's an outdoor bar that's open during busier periods, heaters and a fireplace for taking the chill off cool spring and fall days. The patio is multi-tiered, strung with twinkle lights and shaded by trees.

Inside, there's a basic bar (with a fireplace, and TV's for sports enthusiasts) on one side, and a slightly more upscale wine bar on the other. The menu is standard pub-grub - appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, soups, etc. - and there's 16 or brews on tap with at least half of them being "craft" varieties. Daily happy hour specials 4-6 and 9-closing. Oh, and they have a nice rental space upstairs for special events. Check out the website - they have better pix that I have here.

Dress Code: Come as you are.

Address: 96 Dale St N, St. Paul, MN

Directions: Seven blocks south of the Dale Street exit off of Highway 94.

Phone: (651) 221-9157

Theme: Eating and Drinking

Website: http://www.sweeneyssaloon.com

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 10, 2007
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