Eight years after Esquire magazine tickled Twin Cities tipplers by naming Nye's Polonaise Room as the nation's best bar, the mag has tapped another Minneapolis watering hole as among the best in the U.S.
Esquire says Palmer's Bar is a dump – in the best way.
The magazine, in the June/July issue on stands now, notes, ""There are dives and there are dives and in this world. There's the type Guy Fieri calls out, old joints that might not feel like they need to get their hair done before seeing company but are nonetheless fundamentally clean and comfortable and unchallenging. Then there's Palmer's."
The magazine notes that the Cedar Riverside bar has trough urinals, cheap drinks and a clientele that "does not exclude street people and the sort of untidy old men and women who drink bottom-shelf blended whiskey and make M.B.A.'s shudder."
Esquire also adds that the bar has a pleasant garden, "at least in those three months of the year when you can stand to be outdoors in central Minnesota."
The Star Tribune calls Palmer's "a war-horse hangout best known for its hootenannys and generous pours."
A party is coming soon, the bar's Facebook page says:
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