November 12: Wednesday Pub Quiz, Friday Knitters, and the Next Birds & Beers

Tonight: the Watkins Wednesday Pub Quiz!
Time: 7:30 pm

Right! Your publican John Dingley has handed the keys to the knowledge kingdom to our good friend (and pub designer) Bill Watkins, he of many pub quizzes. Bill is a pro and has brought Isles culture to us not only via his memoir trilogy but through the pub quizzes he’s conducted for years. That isn’t to say they are solely about the Isles. True enough, they’re about geography and espionage and Paris Hilton and whatever else strikes his over-active brain.

It’s great fun. So bring your friends and ringers! Enjoy your mid-week, friends.


It seems a curious sight, but it’s an absolute blast. Knitters from the Twin Cities gather here at Merlins every month to trade stories, further their skills, and, all in all, take down a few pints. We love ‘em dearly.

For those interested in learning more or perhaps joining them, they’ll be here Friday, November 14 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. In the meantime, check out It’s a wonderful resource for knitting and a well-done website. Look for the Crafty in Minnesota participants. Another site you might explore is, where you can find a good number of Minnesotans posting their handmade work for sale.


The Birdchick has announced the next Birds & Beers gathering over on her Birdchick blog. We’ll welcome Sharon Stiteler and friends back in the pub on Tuesday, November 18, at 6:00 pm.

Birds and Beers is an informal gathering of birders of all ages. If you’re a hardcore lister or a casual backyard birder or someone who just wants to know what this whole birding thing is about, then you’re invited.

Join ‘em and join us!

Monday through Thursday

Whether it’s been a hard day or a really lovely one, we invite you up for after work specials here at Merlins Rest. From 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, we’re offering $3.75 import pints–and we’ve got some of the best: Guinness, Belhaven, Fuller’s, etc. Other beer and liquor specials will be available too, as will food specials on cheese dips, lamb chops and more.

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