The Dover Restaurant and Bar at the Doubletree Park Place

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The choir that I sing with has a smaller group that performs for various events, and Saturday night we had a performance at the Doubletree Park Place in St Louis Park, right there at I-394, just west of Hwy 100.

So we did our little thing and because my section is the party section and because we’re always pretty jazzed after we perform, we were looking to enjoy a cocktail before heading home. We had initially planned to go to elsewhere, but on account of all the snow we opted for the hotel bar.

Now, the Doubletree is a nice enough hotel, but I admit I was skeptical about the hotel bar. Turns out I really liked the Dover. It helped that it was pretty empty while we were there. We plopped down in those comfy pink chairs, pulled up a few more, ordered drinks, and proceeded to have a grand old time.

Our waitress was fantastically attentive and helpful. The Mudslide-tini was tasty. One of my friends is a Scotch drinker and she was very pleased. The appetizers were yummy. I thought everything was appropriately priced ($7.50 for my Mudslide-tini, $25 for three appetizers).

The decor is pretty snazzy, but relaxed and not pretentious. Since we were all dressed up for our gig, it felt just right. We entertained our fellow patrons with a few songs because we tend to break into song whenever we hang out. Not by their request and not quite up to normal performance standards, but hey. I’m sure they weren’t expecting lounge singers with their dinner. Bonus, right?

I’m still generally apprehensive about hotel bars, especially out in the ‘burbs, but I’m glad to know the Dover is a nice option to have in that general area. I certainly prefer it to TGIFriday’s.

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