It was a beautiful Fall day when we were there, so we ate lunch outside; however, you may want to have a pint sitting on one of The Local's comfortable couches next to a fireplace. The menu is a newspaper called "The Local Times, Official Newspaper of the Number One Irish Whiskey Bar in North America." If you don't feel like trying one of their large selection of beers and wines, you might want to sample a flight of four Irish whiskeys (for $10). They also serve some nice food. The three of us shared the Chicken Shepherd's Pie and the Fish and Chips (each $11.99) and there was plenty for each of us.
Favorite Dish: Be sure to save room for the bread pudding with apples and hazelnuts topped with whiskey caramel and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
The Local is an authentic Irish pub. They serve Irish dishes and Irish beer, and you can see the Irish influence in the decor. It's a dark bar, set off by excellent woodwork and lots of little nooks and crannies with both tables for eating and couches for lounging. The walls are covered with Irish art and memorabilia, and there are also tv's that show sporting events. The World Cup is a big deal for the Local - they attracted a lot of expats during the games.
There is seating outside when the weather permits.
Favorite Dish: The Local recently did an overhall of their menu, irritating their loyal customers while (perhaps) attracting new ones.
The lunch specials are okay - my favorite is the Philly Cheesesteak with your choice of mashed potatoes, french fries or salad, plus a drink, for only $9.99. There are about ten lunch specials - all consisting of sandwiches with the above sides and a drink.
They also have a pretty decent beef Shepherd's pie for about $12.00. This pie comes in chicken as well. They also serve the Irish standards - Fish and Chips, Bangers and Mash and Lamb Stew.
On the weekends, The Local serves an excellent side of creamy hash browns on their brunch menu.
The beer is only served in glasses - they don't do bottles here. Happy hour tends to be crowded, and on a Friday night you'll find it packed with single, attractive yuppies getting their drink on before they hit the nightclubs.
They call themselves the "premier Irish pub in Minneapolis" -- and I have no reason to believe otherwise. In the warmer months the action spills out onto the sidewalk.
We ate here the day after Niki's graduation. The interior goes on and on with small rooms, long bars, warm wood and elegant glass dividers. The fish and chips were the best I have ever had!
Favorite Dish: Eat? Seriously. The fish and chips were fabulous. Excellent quality fish cooked perfectly inside a crip, perfect batter.