This Week at Merlins & Open for the Holidays

Foremost, my apologies on the two-day delay here. My Monday was totally scuppered by airport folly–13 hours of delays between only two flights!–and Tuesday was a fog, as a result of all that. Natch. But an update returns….


The Watkins Wednesday Pub Quiz! Join us at 7:30 pm for 25 questions with yer man Bill Watkins, the well-seasoned he of the pitch-perfect inquisition. General knowledge. Sometimes a theme And always, ALWAYS, a lot of laughs. Teams of up to four, so bring your friends or make new ones!


Let me tell you ’bout the Birds and the Beers….Sharon Stiteler, who many of you know as the Bird Chick, is calling all birders! The Birds & Beers Group will meet here at Merlins Rest on December 16 at 7:00 pm. Birds & 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.

Thursday music: Cooker John!  Cooker John returns for his monthly third Thursday gig. He is one of the Twin Cities’ finest musicians. He plays finger-style and slide guitar, mixing folk, blues and originals that reflect a performing experience of over 40 years. Pop in for a tincture and at the same time enjoy this opportunity to share a musical experience of unusual depth and expertise. Music starts around 9:00 PM.


Kilt Night with Live Irish Music! Music after 8:30 pm.


Calling all Whovians! From 4:00-7:00 pm, the Whovians shall unite. We always love to see our friends in the Minneapolis Doctor Who Meetup Group. Fantastic group; great fun. All are welcomed.From 3:30-7:00 pm, Whovians unite! We always love to see our friends in the Minneapolis Doctor Who Meetup Group. Fantastic group; great fun. All are welcomed.

Saturday Night Music: Papa John and the Hot Club of East Lake9:00 pm.


Brunch: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (with $3.50 Bloody Mary specials!)

Sunday Pub Quiz: Join us at 7:30 pm for the weekend’s brainbender. Same rules and riotous behavior applies as noted above (See the Wednesday note about the Watkins Quiz).

Sunday Music: Sam Fiske plays an hour before, a bit during, and 30 minutes after the quiz.


We are open on the holidays! There will be a special Watkins Quiz on December 23 (7:30 pm). On December 24, we will open at 2:00 pm. And on December 25, we are continuing our tradition of serving up a special holiday dinner: sage turkey, house mash with gravy, herb dressing, glazed vegetables, dinner roll, dinner salad and Christmas cookies. A spectacular feast…and for only $14.75.

December 31 – On New Year’s Eve, we’re brining you 12 hours of fun, as we’re open from 2:00 pm to 2:00 am! Lovely stuff, really. Our bluesman/jazzman good friend Deano (and Deano’s friends) will be providing the music to move you into the New Year. A champagne toast will be offered and party favors all about.

January 1 – We open at 12:00 pm for brunch with what may be a well-needed Bloody Mary special for you.

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