Pedals and Pull-Tabs: The dive bars of U.S. Bike Route 41

Mr. D’s Bar & Grill • 5622 Grand Ave  

If “Home of the Half Pound Burger!” entices your taste buds, this is the rustic hole-in-the-wall for you. The dance floor, live bands, and whiskey will get your feet moving, too.

Gopher Bar and Grill  • 402 N Central Ave  

Pulled a tab or played a bingo card lately? Join the regulars, order a beer from the Gopher’s friendly ‘tenders, and slurp up spaghetti.

Players Sports Bar • 4024 Grand Ave  

Players claims to serve the “Coldest Beer in Duluth.” It’s also got live music, darts aplenty, and bar-food go-tos. Visit and answer that eternal question: Do players only love you when they’re playing?

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Between dive bars, check out the canvas and leather bags at Duluth Pack (365 Canal Park Dr), handcrafted here since the late 1800s.

T-Bonz Bar & Grill • 2531 W Superior St  

Pizza’s the specialty here, and we’re feeling the T-Bonz House special: sausage, pepperoni, black and green olives, onion, green pepper, celery, and mushrooms.

Mitch’s Bar & Grill • 2113 W Superior St  

“The best place to ruin your life!” claims one Google reviewer. That seems extreme, in our opinion.

Bedrock Bar • 2023 W Superior St  

Your bike tour’s not complete ‘til you’ve made it to the Bedrock. Bonus points for the shuffleboards, video games, pool, ping-pong, and sports games on the TV.

Curly's Bar on Superior Street in Duluth // Photo by Brian Kaufenberg

Curly’s Bar on Superior Street in Duluth // Photo by Brian Kaufenberg

Curly’s Bar • 2013 W Superior St  

With drinks to make your toes curl and the worst-smelling men’s room in town, this is the kind of dive bar that’ll have you rhapsodizing like Charles Bukowski. Pull out your notebook and write a crude ode to Curly’s.

R.T. Quinlan’s Saloon • 220 W Superior St  

Always a party at this Duluth jewel, and it won’t be long before everyone here knows your name. Expect live music, a little karaoke, and some of your favorite beers.

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