Irish Pubs, MinneapolisHappy days, all! I’ve got to give you a two for one here because I’m not sure I’ll have access to the internet tomorrow as I wend my way back to the Twin Cities. Next stop, Kansas City! In the meantime, here’s what’s on tap for Wednesday and Thursday at Merlins Rest:


Wednesday Night: Specialist Pub Quiz
Time: 7:30 pm
Music: The weekly Folk Jam (following the quiz)

Hosted, as usual, by our Welsh publican and torture-master John Dingley, the specialist quiz varies from our Sunday Pub Quiz in that it focuses on a specific topic, such as the cinema. But just like the Sunday quiz, the specialist quiz offers you one participation point for each quiz you attend. Your participation points are added to your final score. The first person to reach 50 on this aggregate scoring system wins the money in the pot…and John Boy puts up to $40 per week in. Recently one of the pots crested $200. That’s not bad scratch for just telling people what you already know! Play often and bring your friends or make new ones. Teams of up to four are allowed.

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The Merlins Rest Folk Jam follows the quiz. Each week, the jam brings together local musicians and friends to enjoy a few pints together and move some music. A great range of instruments appear in this–various guitars, mandolins, percussion elements, fiddles, etc. It’s really a rather unique event. No mics, no amps. Just some musicians gathered around a table or two and trading sounds and stories. Music starts after the quiz, so target 9:00 pm for this.


Thursday Night: Cooker John
Time: 9:00 pm

Cooker John 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.