Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Rest in Peace, Al's Bar

Jon Tevlin of the StarTribune reports today that a Minneapolis institution, Al's Bar off of Excelsior Boulevard in St. Louis Park, will close on Saturday after an 83 year run.

Al's was on the route to my Grandma's house in Uptown, and it was always there, right on the border before you got to Minneapolis.

It was also the site of my first ever bar drink. I was a junior in high school, and was working in the Labelle's warehouse in Minnetonka (site of the current Best Buy store). I was working with a guy that happened to be a bouncer there, and we made quick friends. Soon, I got an invite to stop over for my first ever bar drink.

A Budweiser never tasted so good.

Al's was dark but warm; a working man's bar. It was your dad's bar, or more likely, your grand dad's bar. The kind of bars that they just don't make anymore.

Goodbye, Al's. You'll be missed.

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