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The Local

Irish Pub$$$$
Downtown West, Minneapolis
  • The folks at Heavy Table and City Pages like this place. Would you agree?
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  • Maggie M.
    "Have the Big Ginger... Jameson Irish Whiskey & Ginger Ale!"(16 Tips)
    "coffee but with the chocolate infused jameson"(10 Tips)
    Jeremy N.
    "Great bar and good food.. Take a picture in the kissing room"(4 Tips)
    Shannon O.
    "Their 2 Gingers whiskey is very good."(3 Tips)
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  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
    Mpls.St.Paul MagazineDecember 11, 2012
    Best Irish Bar 2012 - Sure it’s decked with dark wood and Irish accents, but it has organically become one of the best gathering spots in downtown, which is truly the soul of a good Irish pub. Read more
  • Tony R.
    Tony RileyFebruary 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I had my Groom's dinner here. Amazing! If you are looking for a perfect night for family and friends they've got an amazing party room and a wonderful staff. Whitney took care of everything! Call her!
  • Corey P.
    Corey PartinDecember 6, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Service is great both at the tables and the bar. Drinks are strong and worth the price, as is the selection. It gets busy on weekends, but the outdoor and balcony seating is worth the wait.
  • City Pages
    City PagesAugust 5, 2014
    How much wood would a wood-carver carve if a wood-carver would have free rein to fill up an enormous space with bars and sculptures and snugs and whatnot? Answer: A lot of wood. Read more
  • Bribble L.
    Bribble LegitDecember 17, 2010
    You can visit 100 Irish pubs and never see a vegetarian burger on a menu. Not only do they have one, its one of the best I've had in 17 years of veggie burgers. Don't miss the dill crisps either!
  • Lauren Z.
    Lauren ZimmermanJune 25, 2012
    If you're into hard cider, get a Crispin- ridiculously refreshing. The Local's 2 Gingers whiskey is also pretty incredible- get in as a Big Ginger, or sip it's that good.
  • Brad
    BradDecember 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Already some foursquare love for the Irish coffee but it really is special here. The whipped cream is infused with whiskey. An absolute treat on a super cold night.
  • Gabriel M.
    Gabriel MylinMarch 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Alas, St. James Gate Brewery day...Thurs. 6-close is a thing of the past. 😥 (The city's best Guinness pour at the best price.)
  • City Pages
    City PagesFebruary 24, 2011
    Voted as Best Irish Bar by City Pages in 2010. Fun/random/totally drunken fact: The Local sells more Jameson Irish Whiskey than any other bar in the world. Need we say more?
  • Ben A.
    Ben AllenJuly 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The dancers across 10th in front of the old Let It Be are the best dancers in Mpls hands down. Catch them on the weekends and give em a few bucks. So much fun.
  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
    Mpls.St.Paul MagazineMarch 17, 2011
    Try the Green Ox Charcuterie Platter. The meat talents of Mike Phillips are well displayed on this bar platter of cured and cultivated meats with flatbreads, fruit, chutney, and onions.
  • Sharifa S.
    Sharifa SimonAugust 7, 2014
    Came late night on a Saturday. Food came quick, the booths are a neat feature set into their own little "rooms". Music was so loud it took away from the cool decor and almost intimate feel.
  • Brandon B.
    Brandon BattMay 5, 2014
    This place is awesome. Rad Irish style pub with top notch food. Grab a pint and some pub pretzels and enjoy!
  • TJ K.
    TJ KJuly 3, 2015
    Lots of different options. I had a house cocktail and the meatloaf dinner. Total win. Service was excellent as well.
  • Joe D.
    Joe DolinajAugust 18, 2013
    Great Irish Pub. The fish and chips were terrific. Try the Finnegins Ale. All the money goes to feed the hungry
  • Jenna E.
    Jenna ErnstSeptember 26, 2014
    Favorite Irish Pub in the Twin Cities. The Cherries & Chocolate drink is perfect for cold winter evenings with friends!
  • Keith C.
    Keith CaveyOctober 31, 2015
    Hard to beat the brunch buffet. Nice spread of breakfast/brunch food, and it includes a Bloody Mary or Mimosa!
  • Jake F.
    Jake FergusonApril 28, 2014
    The baked cheddar and tomato soup was amazing. I couldn't get enough of it! The walleye sandwich was also wonderful.
  • Tony O.
    Tony OdufuyeAugust 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Come here for. Brunch on Sat and Sun. Have to try the creamy hash browns and the Reuben sandwich. Heaven on a plate.
    Lapakko.comMarch 16, 2012
    These gents pour a great Guinness. Order one on St. Patrick's Day and then order a Poor Man's Black Velvet. You'll love it. Slainte!
  • Tyler E.
    Tyler EnbodenSeptember 15, 2013
    Brunch on the weekend till 1pm great Buffett of breakfast foods. Buffett comes with a bloody or mimosa
  • Matty M.
    Matty MorseApril 30, 2016
    The Guinness has improved much over the past year. Good pints now. The Irish breakfast (The Local) is very good.
  • Teddy E.
    Teddy EisenbergOctober 24, 2015
    Great communal atmosphere, especially for watching football. Now with brunch! Try the breakfast shepherds pie.
  • Lin G.
    Lin GlimmJuly 26, 2013
    My first time here and our server recommended the Curry House Chicken! Pretty damn good curry for an Irish Pub!
  • Calvin C.
    Calvin ChangJanuary 12, 2013
    Late night Golden Calamari = horrible. sauces are bomb but the fried quality of these squids miss the shot by far. Just order the Big Ginger please.
  • Chelley M.
    Chelley MJuly 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Always busy, staff are friendly and observant! Cute boy night doesn't appear to be Wednesday however, Mondays are a better bet :)
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SchmidtJanuary 8
    Great brunch that includes mimosas, bloodys or screwdrivers. Biscuits and sausage gravy is to die for!
  • Arun D.
    Arun D'SouzaNovember 20, 2015
    Architecturally Beautiful Irish Pub! At one point in time, this pub sold the highest number of cases of Jameson whiskey in the world!
  • Gus W.
    Gus WhitelawNovember 29, 2010
    The big ginge....also, grab the nook half way down the right side of the room past the couches on the left side. Best possible access to the bartenders...
  • Tracy M.
    Tracy MorganFebruary 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome hangover brunch - cheesy hasbrowns, eggs, bacon, caramely sticky buns, and a hair of the dog (and more) for 11.99. Yummy salvation.
  • Andrew D.
    Andrew DobneyAugust 28, 2013
    Cool (unique) atmosphere. Chicken pub pie was good too!
  • Summer
    SummerSeptember 12, 2012
    Wonderful place for a drink with friends, or to snuggle up with your sweetie in one of the dark snugs...
  • Tanya S.
    Tanya SparksJuly 8, 2015
    Great outdoor patio area. Try the chicken shots, they are delicious. So are their salads
  • Nick A.
    Nick ArcherSeptember 12, 2011
    The Wee Lunches are a great option and very reasonable...but I'm hungry today and the Walleye sandwich isn't an option as a wee lunch.
  • 2 GINGERS® Whiskey
    2 GINGERS® WhiskeyFebruary 15, 2012
    What goes best with an Irish bar? An Irish cocktail of course! Order a Big Ginger or a Skinny Ginger here.
  • Marcos L.
    Marcos Lopez-CarlsonOctober 9, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Green Ox charcuterie plate, it's the handiwork of local artisinal meat wizard, Mike Philips. It's also only $5.99 during happy hour!
  • David O.
    David OstlundSeptember 28, 2012
    One of two must visit pub staples on Nicollet Mall. Friendliest bartenders on the planet.
  • Bite Squad
    Bite SquadFebruary 5, 2013
    Now you can get all the comforts of The Local delivered right to your door with Save $5 on your first order with coupon code "FOURSQUARE".
  • Adam N.
    Adam NoriAugust 16, 2011
    The Local Burger was one of the most amazing things I had during my time in Minneapolis! Highly Recommend it!
  • Barry K.
    Barry KennedyApril 27, 2012
    Try the 2 Gingers's a bit sweet, but damn me if it isn't better than Jameson!
  • Victoria S.
    Victoria SAugust 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    While here, spill a full beer on your girlfriend.Go the extra mile......make it a Guiness. She's worth it.
  • Katie E.
    Katie ElumbaDecember 19, 2011
    Try to Pot Roast Sandwich and the Caramel Apple Crispin drink... Totally amazing! Great combo for Minnesota Winters :)
  • Todd C.
    Todd CostelloApril 10, 2013
    The Local Wontons, a Reuben and a Big Ginger ... talk about being completely satisfied! Great food and atmosphere!
  • Stephen K.
    Stephen KoontzAugust 24, 2014
    They have several enclaves to enjoy a good Irish brew with friends or coworkers
  • Aakash J.
    Aakash JoshiAugust 27, 2016
    Good place for arsenal fans. Cosy pub atmosphere. Good for football ⚽, and bar food.
  • Azlan M.
    Azlan MacleodNovember 25, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Like whiskey? Then try the Flight- shot of Jameson, Jameson 12yr, Red Breast, Jameson 18yr. Very decently priced as well.
  • Shannon O.
    Shannon O'BrienJune 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I love the skinny ginger! Their 2 Gingers whiskey is very good.
  • Patrick F.
    Patrick FogartyMarch 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Big Ginger, with 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey, is unbeatable. No wonder it is their signature drink!
  • Nick M.
    Nick MasonApril 1, 2013
    The meat loaf is fantastic, and I'm not a meat loaf fan!
  • Jacob E.
    Jacob EdholmSeptember 10, 2015
    Plan ahead and get your group one of the amazing cozy areas all to yourself.
  • Norman E.
    Norman EllisAugust 21, 2014
    Ahi Tuna Niçoise salad was on point. Would order it again.
  • Heavy Table
    Heavy TableSeptember 21, 2010
    The lines are cleaned obsessively here, so a Guinness served in a 20-oz. “pint” glass is guaranteed to please. But the Big Ginger is their trademark drink. Literally. It’s trademarked. Read more
  • Jeremy N.
    Jeremy NessMarch 30, 2015
    Great bar and good food.. Take a picture in the kissing room
  • Aaron
    AaronMarch 25, 2013
    Big Ginger is dangerously easy to drink. And if you meet Molly, she's not afraid to banter.
  • Cosmic Donuts
    Cosmic DonutsApril 12, 2014
    Jamiroquai playing in stereo, reminds me of the Royal Mile (Des Moines) back in the day with bartender Nate Dawg.
    BBC AMERICAJanuary 29, 2011
    This proper rugby pub shows 6 Nations Rugby Championship matches. Fans will show up wearing their country's colors. Kitchen opens at 9:00 a.m.
  • Bombay
    BombayAugust 7, 2013
    1 lb of Sriracha Wingys for $1.99 all day Wednesday, um, yes please!
  • Gelk E.
    Gelk Erik MattheisJuly 19, 2011
    Ginger ale and Irish whisky. Two qualities much admired in women and mixed drinks. Read more
  • JD W.
    JD WhittingtonJuly 7, 2013
    This bar is a jokeasaurus Rex. No Budweiser. Bartenders are smug and drink selection is measly. Go literally anywhere else.
  • Nathan C.
    Nathan ChurchAugust 14, 2013
    Big ginger is as good as they say. Also, enjoyed the chicken pub pie.
  • Paul
    PaulJune 28, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best chicken sandwiches I've had. Bartenders rule, two for ones with industry clock out slips, classy.
  • Jack F.
    Jack FischerDecember 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The brunch and the two gingers are must haves at The Local. Just not at the same time.
  • Crispin Cider
    Crispin CiderMarch 14, 2011
    St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, enjoy a Crispin at The Local, a great mixology with Guinness, Smithwicks, Harp, and Fine Whiskey's
  • Yembz
    YembzJuly 1, 2013
    best veggie burger i've ever had! and friendly staff. 👍
  • jensen
    jensenJune 13, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Get an iris coffee but with the chocolate infused jameson, coffee, guiness reduction, baileys whipped cream OMG!
  • Fernando F.
    Fernando FigueroaMarch 19, 2015
    Go for the bison burger! It is really good!
  • Rez A.
    Rez AbekAugust 7, 2015
    Staff was super friendly. Looking forward to getting a huge meal next time.
  • Michael N.
    Michael NixJanuary 12, 2014
    Great place I will be going back, price was good too!!!
  • Christo C.
    Christo CollinsMarch 17, 2013
    Watch out for Punchy. He's running around above the rooms with no ceilings. Waiting. Watching.
  • Richard H.
    Richard HugginsFebruary 5, 2013
    So far the best pint of Guinness I have had in America!
  • Anthony R.
    Anthony RodermanMay 28, 2016
    Can't go wrong with the 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BaskinJuly 21, 2015
    Great Irish spot with solid burgers
  • Brian L.
    Brian LehmanJune 3, 2015
    Whiskey. It's worth a taste.
  • Steve B.
    Steve BivansJanuary 12, 2016
    The sliders! Amazing atmosphere and a Kissing Room!
  • Holly K.
    Holly KasselFebruary 10, 2012
    generic Irish-American food. I little pricey, great service
  • Owen O.
    Owen O'NeillJanuary 15, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Best Irish coffee around! Smooth Guinness and cold Smithwicks, a great pub!
  • Christopher D.
    Don't charge your phone it will get wet
    BBC AMERICAFebruary 1, 2011
    6 Nations Rugby Championship matches are shown here. The Local is the local for many soccer and rugby fans.
  • Abby S.
    Abby SchafferOctober 13, 2010
    My favorite place to go when in MPLS! The place is gorgeous and has a ton of character!
  • Bill F.
    Bill FerriterJuly 11, 2011
    Try two fingers of Two Gingers neat. You'll be pleasantly surprised.
  • Fernando F.
    Fernando FigueroaMarch 19, 2015
    Huge place, nice setting, good beer selection.
  • Brento L.
    Brento LowryMay 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Breakfast buffet comes with a mimosa for 12 bucks. Epic.
  • Steve P.
    Steve PrueJune 15, 2013
    Outside seating was good, as were the burger and fries.
  • Jessica
    JessicaFebruary 16, 2013
    Very cool atmosphere! I will go back again!
  • Jeff E.
    Jeff EvansJanuary 18, 2015
    Awesome Sunday brunch and great service.
  • Alecia E.
    Alecia EngelmeyerDecember 29, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Probably the best Irish coffee I've ever had... highly recommended!
  • Bill S.
    Bill SNovember 13, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    Wee fish and chips is a perfect lunch: salad, fries, 1pc. of fish and a soft drink gor $8, tip included.
  • Shannon E.
    Shannon E.September 8, 2012
    Beautiful architecture, so much character!!
  • Mary R.
    Mary RDecember 19, 2013
    Love. Love. Love the Pub Steak!!
  • Luis Carlos R.
    Luis Carlos RomeroJanuary 28, 2012
    If you work downtown ask for the industry wihch is a 2 4 1 if you show your clock out slip
  • Jim N.
    Jim NelsonApril 12, 2013
    Take it all in, them head to the catacombs and tell them that you own the place.
  • Doug H.
    Doug HamlinJuly 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Order a Guinness and a Red Breast. Then order another round.
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MurrayFebruary 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Yell random English town names at strangers. When they punch you, it just means you're officially bff's!
  • Marty O.
    Marty O.April 14, 2016
    The fish & chips were very good, their chicken was undercooked. Don't get the chicken.
  • Josh S.
    Josh SwainAugust 21, 2010
    Great atmosphere, love the duel sided bar! Has more Jameson than any bar I've ever seen.
  • Eric W.
    Eric WheelerApril 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The artichoke dip will change your life.
  • Brooke R.
    Brooke RaekerJuly 17, 2013
    Great specials during happy hour!
  • MJ
    MJNovember 3, 2013
    Check out the kissing room and underground tunnel!
  • Sarah M.
    Sarah MaloneSeptember 26, 2009
    Sunday morning brunch is the best here! get the buffet, it comes with either a mimosa or a bloodymary. yum!
  • Richard C.
    Richard CJanuary 10, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Beautiful glass and woodwork inside!
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