On the corner of East Lake St. and 36th Ave. sits the Celtic pub, Merlins Rest, in the charming Longfellow neighborhood. It is about a mile west of the Mississippi River and only 10 minutes from Minneapolis, St. Paul and Bloomington.
Another specialty is the mussels, classically prepared in white wine, shallots, garlic and butter and served with chips and Merlins famous crusty bread. There is a large selection of burgers on the menu, from
The Excaliburger leads this selection with two grass fed beef patties, Merlins own British bacon, seasoned aioli, cheese, caramelized onion, bacon jam, lettuce and tomato and served with chips. There is a large selection of other burgers also available.
Munce has also designed a large choice of salads and sandwiches that provide customers with an abundance of options. Merlins
However, the most striking part of this of this lively pub is the absolutely huge selection of Single Malt Scotch and Irish whiskey. Merlins
Because it is known as the “home of the dram,” which is the option of buying a half measure (dram) or buying a full measure, Merlins gathers Whiskey aficionados from far and wide. The dram gives
Merlins Rest Pub has been voted Best Neighborhood Bar by readers of the City Pages “Best Of” selection for several years running. Contributing to their uniqueness and
Every day of the week there something special happening at Merlins:
Monday — Intermediate Celtic Session (learners advanced session); musicians are invited to bring their instruments.
Tuesday — International Night, 6 p.m. with Merlin’s Minister of Culture, Bill Watkins leading the informal group. At 9:30 a collective Jam Session is held and musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments. .
Wednesday — Bill Watkins quiz, beginning at 7:30 p.m. but come early as space is limited *On the first Thursday from October to June there is a Single Malt Scotch Tasting. Reservations are required.
On the fourth Thursday music is presented by Jake and Greta and Friends at 8:30 p.m.
Friday is Drunken Knitters, (yes, that is what they call themselves). Friday is also Kilt and Corset Night.
Saturday — Belly dancers at 2 p.m. “Raks” provides the entertainment. Music begins at 8:30 p.m. with a varied collection of styles from Blues to Jazz to popular favorites
Sunday — Shanty Sing on the first Sunday.
Second Sunday at 4 p.m. the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers entertain.
Merlins Rest is located at 3601 East Lake St., Minneapolis. Reservations can be made, (but are not necessary, except for whiskey tastings), by calling 612-216-2419 or visit https://merlinsrest.com.