After a pretty strenuous Saturday the plan was to just lay low today and take in the Vikings game with a few friends. Hah, let’s simply say laying low wasn’t exactly in the cards.
796) Bob’s Bar (AKA Bob’s Birdhouse Bar)
My friend Rico owns a little bar in his basement in Eden Prairie where he will graciously provide drinks at a reasonable price. He will even pick up special guests and personally chauffeur them to his place.
Service can’t get much better then this, even though in our case it amounted to being chauffeured from the garage to the front door. He took the scenic route though so it was worth it.
This is a great little bar with a friendly bartender and a lively crowd. It has a small light blond wood bar with a brass rail. Wooden chairs match the bar and the backs of the chairs have an ornate carved pattern to them. The chairs swivel too. This is always a source of great amusement to Bar Man as he gets into his cups. The beer and liquor is stored under the bar with a few more bottles sitting on top of a light wooden cupboard behind and to the right of the bar. Glasses are also stored here. A “Bob’s Bar” sign behind the bar was made by the proprietor’s wife, Sandy and it is draped bit little Christmas lights.
It was Sandy's first attempt at doing wood-burning and I thought she did a stellar job.
The price list hangs under the sign and the drinks are only a dollar no matter what you have, except for that damn first margarita. It will get you every time.
Squint And You Will See The First One Is $10
Even if you don’t order one a small one will appear in front of you in a shot glass and if you are foolish enough to drink it you may end up paying the price.
A Lite light is behind the bar and a Mixer’s sign hangs on the wall to the left.
Bar Man Sharing A Drink With Sandy And Rico (AKA Bob)
You may remember that Mixer’s was where Maxwell’s is now and was a favorite hangout back in the day. Opposite the bar is a heavy round wooden table and four matching heavy stools. In fact, they were all custom made out of the same large piece of wood. Bob’s spares no expense in his décor.
The decorations have a decidedly outdoor flair; carved wooden fish, an old fishing pole, and a couple of creels. The walls are papered to make the place look like a log cabin and the effect is pretty solid. Mardi Gras style beads hang from a mirror where thare are deer antlers (although they must have come from a very small deer, probably one that Bob shot).
There is an old red gumball machine next to it. A scrawny Christmas tree sits in a corner next to the narrow windows high on one wall.
Friends showed up, Gus and his wife Linda, and a great time was had by all except for the fact that we had to watch the Vikings go down in flames for the second week in a row.
Everyone Having A Great Time
You may remember my telling you how terrible the game was that we watched at the Elk’s club. Well this one was far worse.
At some point I think the owner was contemplating converting his place from a sports bar to a topless bar.
Oh a brighter note, the Jets won, but then I think they always beat Miami.
I had a wide variety of drinks and although I hit only one bar for the day, it couldn’t have been a better one. Of course this bar hits back a bit. This made 796 for the year leaving but 204 to go.