Pubs without TVs
I like bars with tv's, but there's something warm, amazing, and old school about a bar that can succeed without one. I have a couple ideas of places that may not have one but not really sure, so I'm trying to put together a list of pubs sans television in the twin cities.
I also enjoy a televisionless tipple now and then. Unfortunately, these are rarely lower-scale "pubs" and more often, upscale bars in restaurants. An issue also arises when you consider differing definitions of the public house.
In my neighborhood: 331, Mario's Keller Bar, uh...does Mayslacks have TVs? I know Suzies, the NE Social Club and Red Stag don't have TVs, but they aren't really pubs.
Lurcat, Bradstreet, Sea Change, LBV, 112, Hell Kitchen (though they have a huge screen playing sports during breakfast), Solera, most of the steakhouses (not Seven)...I'm really at a loss to think of any more. Hopefully someones been keeping track as I too would like ideas.
Merlin's Rest (36th and Lake Street) only brings out televisions for special events. Nearly all the time the focus is on conversation, music, pub quizzes, and the like.
331 Bar (University and 13th Avenue in Northeast Minneapolis) very rarely has television.
Nick and Eddie's bar area (Loring Park) has a television but it very rarely is on.
Red Stag in Northeast Minneapolis does not have a television.
thank you for starting this topic. i think it's a great idea. tvs in bars are incredibly lame, IMO, and they are, unfortunately, difficult to avoid in MN.
i second that merlin's rest (and the craftsman, just down the street) has no tv in it.
sadly, as much as i love their food, the last time i was at 112 there was a small tv above the bar corner in the first level room. it's pretty small, though, and not too distracting.
I, too, would generally prefer no TV. I do think there's a big difference between places that have a TV or two for those interested in watching (say, some big sporting event), vs. those that have so many TVs that one cannot really escape. An example of the latter would be the Bulldog St. Paul. An example of the former would be the Muddy Pig / Happy Gnome, where I have to think about whether they have TVs at all, and where they are easily ignored.
Maybe you need one of those remotes that work for all TVs and can be used to turn down the volume on bar TVs. I saw these advertised once and was tempted!