Best Bar Trend
Playing while you drink
If the recent spate of bar openings reveals anything about our collective psyche, it’s that we’re desperate for diversion. Uptown’s new arcade bar Up-Down is packed to the brim every weekend; the whole town is gaga for the wild and whimsical Can Can Wonderland in St. Paul; national chain Punch Bowl Social has opened a location in St. Louis Park; and, lest we forget, Betty Danger’s Country Club is still a hotspot for mini-golf and its Ferris wheel bar. Even former steakhouse Libertine was recently given an adult-games makeover. And there’s yet another drink ’n’ play establishment on the way: TILT, a pinball and hot dog bar in south Minneapolis, is slated for a spring opening. When you’re tired of talking politics, pick up a cocktail and a skeeball and get some of that sweet, sweet distraction.