Open Mic, New Scotch Arrivals, and Matinee Martini News

Tonight: Open Mic with Harrison Matthews
Time: 8:00 pm

Tonight, as every Monday, we start off the week with the Open Mic, hosted by Harrison Matthews. The ever-changing participants of this event deliver an eclectic mix of songs, stories, poems and so forth. It’s your mic, it’s your talent. We invite all patrons to join in the community: lend your voice and ears! Raise a pint and start the week with a little creativity.

OH! And read on for the latest Merlins Martini Matinee event news. Harrison and company will be leading a gem of an event….


Every first Thursday of the month we hold a single-malt scotch tasting. The Whisky Wench (a.k.a., Fiona) leads the way. More than 50 people took part in last month’s event! It was a blast. Our next gathering will be Thursday, May 7 at 7:30 pm.

In the meantime…Merlins, you should know, has the finest stocks of scotches and whiskys in the Cities. We’re going to be a bit more proactive in crowing about the new arrivals to help you keep pace with our beautiful bottles.

The latest arrivals (with notes from the pub) include:

Murray McDavid, 12yr – Distiller at Tobermory Distillery. Cask type: Bourbon / Latour. ACE’d in Chateau Latour Casks. Bottled in 2008 by Bruichladdich Distillery, Islay. Limited release of 2500 bottles. Tasting notes: Mint leaves, caremel, oatcakes,pear, plum,gooseberry, nectarine, prunes

ArmorikSingle malt whisky from Bretagne, France. Distillery Warenghem,  Lannion, Bretagne FR.

The Martini Matinees Are Coming

Merlins Rest is excited to invite you to a cultured afternoon of art and entertainment at the Pub! On Sunday, 31 May 2009, we’ll launch our Merlins Martini Matinee series (3:00 – 6:00 pm). This film showcase supports the local film community, its artists and tradespersons. We strive to offer a wide variety of feature films, shorts, music videos and animations.

Film makers are invited to host Q & A sessions after their showing to discuss their creative impulses. Take this opportunity to get your work shown and network with other film people in a fun, casual atmosphere… oh yeah, with martinis! We look forward to receiving your films. If you have any questions, please contact us through this website.


Merlins Martini Matinee is a film showcase that promotes and provides exposure to the works of Minnesota film makers. Submissions for Merlin’s Martini Matinee are open to Minnesota natives, residents and ex-pats. We will also accept submissions of work produced in or about Minnesota by out-of-state film makers.

A submission form can be downloaded in PDF here.

Please take a moment to review. And we hope to have your film in our series!

Films to be shown must be completed works. Merlins Rest management is responsible for the selection and programming for the Matinee and may, at its discretion, select films from outside of those submitted in order to round out the program.

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