Cricket Bar • 6050 MN-70
This roadhouse has on-sale and off-sale booze—meaning you can purchase on-site and sip wherever you please, so long as it’s off the premises. Meantime, try your luck at the pull-tabs, enjoy the tiki bar, or play horseshoes with some guy named Willy. Your choice, joyful rider.
Froggy’s • 209 5th St SE Rise and shine and welcome to Pine City. Once you’ve rambled in, belly up for chicken strips, convos with a local, and booze to make you ribbit. Stick around town ‘til Friday or Saturday night for Froggy’s weekly dance party—the hipshaking starts at 9pm.
Tank’s Tavern • 39109 State Hwy 48
The walls are wood paneling, the bar is wood paneling—hell, even the ceiling is wood paneling at this no frills mom-and-pop bar and grill. But watch your language, they have a “zero tolerance for profanity.” The casino nearby in Hinckley proper might keep you busy, too.
The Gas Light • 306 N Main St
Inside an old bank building (which was supposedly once a brothel), this homey bar is decked out in decorative tin tiles on the ceiling and the walls. Grab a bloody mary and hop outside for some fresh air in their backyard garden.
Rich’s Bar • 1038 Hwy 23 N
A small town bar that lives up to its name, as it’s owned and operated by Rich himself, and his wife. Come for the jukebox, stay for the beer selection, and if you’re lucky, maybe there’ll even be a meat raffle.
Squirrel Cage Bar, Grill & Motel • 8144 Hwy 61
Once you’ve piled on the miles on the Willard Munger Trail, take a breather at this quintessential dive bar. Down a Coors Light and gnaw on a gigantic chicken wing while losing money on a touchscreen card game.
Denham Run Bar & Grill • 87439 Denham Rd
Meat raffles, outhouse races, five-star cheeseburgers—oh my! If you’re hauling a kid along, Denham keeps ‘em busy with ping-pong, golf ball driving, darts, and pool. Start your little hustler off early.
Gamper’s Food Liquor & Bowling • 4654 Co Hwy 61
This family fun center features eight lanes of bowling, an arcade, a pool table, a fully-stocked bar, and classic American cuisine. Try the Cattleman’s Chopped Sirloin, a full pound of hand-pattied meat topped with sauteed mushrooms.
Barnum Municipal Liquor and Bar • 3743 Front St
Bar food’s good for your arteries, right? We hope so, because jalapeno poppers, mozzarella sticks, and onion rings are on the menu at this publicly-owned establishment. Stick around and enjoy an evening of karaoke or some live music.
Rob’s Mahtowa Tavern • 2756 Co Rd 61
This friendly tavern features 1/3-pound cheeseburgers, shrimp and chicken baskets, sriracha bites, and deep fried stuffed jalapenos. Great music has graced its indoor and outdoor stages, from Trampled by Turtles and Pert Near Sandstone, to Haley Bonar and Charlie Parr.