April 2: Specialist Pub Quiz & Folk Jam

Tonight: Specialist Pub Quiz
Time: 7:30 pm

Heavens to Betsy! The Teflon Taoiseach has stepped down. Jim Brooks of the Irish Gazette sent me that tidbit this morning so I’ve been reading up a bit on this unexpected move. Bertie Ahern is leaving his post as Ireland’s Prime Minister after 11 years in office. Read more: The Irish Times, RTE, and BBC.

So. Wednesdays are for rollicking, and we’re certainly having a good time up here tonight. Two weekly events happen on Wednesday. First up is our Specialist Pub Quiz at 7:30 pm; and afterwards, the Merlins Rest Folk Jam.

The Wednesday pub quiz is on a single topic or theme, such as the cinema. Teams of up to four compete in what is really a rather light-hearted affair. It’s an excuse to be both smart and indulgent, you see. That’s the real majesty of the pub quiz. And it’s loads of laughs. If you attend multiple quizzes, you earn a point for each one you attend and those points are added to you final score. When someone amasses enough between a single night’s quiz and their attendance points to score 50 on the aggregate, they win however much money is in the pot.

John Dingley puts up to $40 in each week, so it can get to be substantial. And there’s no fee to participate. Just show up and have a good time. Maybe even have a bite to eat, eh?

The Folk Jam is an informal gathering of musicians. No mics. No amps. Just jamming somewhere in the pub. It gets underway shortly after the quiz.


Fiona, our Whisky Wench, is hosting the next Merlins Rest Single Malt Tasting on Thursday, April 3 at 7:30 pm. Come sample four or five good pours from our ever-growing stock. We’ve got the largest selection of single-malt scotches in the Twin Cities. Check it out on the menu page.

Cost to participate: $25 flat fee


Sunday, April 20 is our pub’s anniversary. So that week we’re planning a number of little celebrations and fun. A couple notes:

* April 16: An all-female staff night
* April 17: An all-male staff night

Pop up on both nights, see how they do, and show your support!

* April 20: Our anniversary! At 1:30 pm, we’ll hold a family afternoon. This will include a Punch and Judy Show. At 8 pm, we’ll hold our usual torture: the Sunday Pub Quiz!

More updates soon.

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