Doesn’t every town have a local bar? Maybe not.

A friend and I were in Eagan last night to watch Revenge of the Sith, but we showed up earlier than we needed to, so we decided to find a little local pub for a drink. So how did we end up at Old Chicago by the intersection of 35E and Pilot Knob Road? Because after driving all the way up Cliff Road from Highway 77 to Pilot Knob, then turning north, that’s the first place with a bar that we could find. There was also a Chili’s and an Applebee’s, but come on. There’s gotta be at least one local bar in Eagan somewhere, right? I’m sure that we just were on the wrong roads, but we covered quite a bit of distance before finding the Old Chicago.

In Farmington, where I went to high school, there are a few bars on the downtown strip. I think that’s the problem with Eagan. Does it have a downtown? Is there some sort of strip where the locals gather? The Old Chicago is in a shopping area next to a Wal-Mart, right by a whole bunch of other chain places.

The Old Chicago itself was a pretty different experience. It’s not uncommon for me to go to the Old Chicago in Uptown, and this was a completely different crowd. The one in Uptown still has the jock aspect to it, but it’s a jockishness combined with an Uptown artistic sensibility. I’m not sure that made sense, but that’s the best way I can describe it. Not to mention that our server in Eagan was horrible. It almost seemed like were an inconvenience to her. Maybe she could smell the Minneapolis on us.

3 Comments so far

  1. sowmy (unregistered) on May 20th, 2005 @ 9:50 am

    Hey, next time around you should stop by the Valley lounge ( in Eagan…Thats a nice local bar around here

  2. Nate (unregistered) on May 21st, 2005 @ 3:07 am

    I think that the “local” bars are just not as wide spread in suburbs. More importantly, local bars are few in suburbs. You really have to look to find a none chain bar. But I know there are some out there…

  3. bietz (unregistered) on June 1st, 2005 @ 10:59 am

    you could have turned right out of that theater and gotten to Doolittles or something like Cherokee lounge-something-or-other. But really, what’s one sports-bar if its not another sports-bar.

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