2620 Center Drive
Hudson, WI 54016
Phone: (715) 690-2500
Fax: (715) 690-2501
One of the best things about the Freight House is the patio, so if you are tempted to sit inside, don't. The food is unremarkable, and the prices are high for what you get. The menu includes all the usual fare: sandwiches, burgers, salads, pasta, steak, ribs, chops and shrimp. But the view is what continues to make this a visitor favourite. Just a few feet away is the beautiful St. Croix River, a national Scenic Waterway. Located in the old Burlington Northern train station, the building is on the National Register of Historic Places. Do check the website for restaurant and nightclub timings.
This no-frills bar draws an over-30 crowd. The main draw here is games: darts, pinball, pool and video games. On occasion you will find live R&B, jazz or rock bands pumping out the tunes. The schedule varies so call ahead if your heart is set on dancing. Snacks like peanuts, popcorn and chips are available. Beer, wine and call drinks are served and the prices will not put a major dent in your wallet.
This nightclub is located in Maplewood, close to St. Paul. The funky decor sets the tone of the interior, which is mostly wacky and high on energy. Rock concerts, parties with live music, plus a few international DJ acts thrown in - all these make Myth a much sought-after venue. High-definition music systems, video screens, projectors, a 70-foot wide stage, seven bars, six semi-private lounges, a VIP lounge and bar - phew! - are only some of the other features of the club. Check the website for details of upcoming events.
Check out a different musical act seven nights a week at this venue. Set shows include The Good, The Bad and The Funky (high energy R&B group) every Sunday evening and an open Blues Jam session featuring Joe Juliano every Wednesday night. Whether you like jazz, blues or funk, the Minnesota MusiCafe will satisfy.Any spot in the bar offers an excellent view of the stage and dance floor. If you want amusement, shoot some pool or play pinball in the separate game room. Thursday nights, come for the rib special . The rest of the week, enjoy the café's full-service menu, including pasta dishes, juicy steaks, made-to-order burgers, broiled walleye or blackened marlin. An ATM is on the premises.
This small, cozy eatery sports hand-painted wall murals, brightly colored papier-mâché piñatas and weekend gigs by Mariachi bands. The seating is comfortable, the staff is friendly and the food is as authentic as you will find this side of the border. The extensive menu features tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, tamales, combo dinners, beans and rice along with some terrific fish specialties. Choose from red snapper sautéed in garlic and butter with a fiery chili sauce, grilled sea bass and tuna with jalapeno peppers. Imported and domestic beers, including numerous Mexican varieties, are served. Wine and soft drinks are also available. There is another location in Minneapolis, at 1507 Lake St (+1 612 724 6007).
In the 1920s and 1930s, St. Paul was known as a safe haven for many of the country's most notorious hoodlums. Many of the clubs and speakeasies in downtown were frequented by mobsters and used to establish bootlegging and gun running operations in the city. Along the bluffs of the Mississippi across the river from downtown sit a number of caves created by sand mining. Wabasha Street Caves is one such unique nightclub here. The 45-minute tour of the caves is a fascinating mix of geological history, St. Paul history, and good old-fashioned fun. As numerous bullet holes will attest, the caves saw their share of criminal activity. Other tours are offered, such as Ghosts & Graves in October, and the Gangster Tour of St. Paul via motorcoach. Call for information.
Every weekend, this friendly spot features live country and rock and roll music. Pool, darts and video games provide amusement when the tunes are not playing. Beer, cocktails and soft drinks are served. Enjoy a snack, like the appetizer combo, consisting of buffalo wings, mozzarella cheese sticks, loaded potato skins, onion rings and deep-fried mushrooms.
Wilebski's Blues Saloon is a casual spot to catch some stunning live music in Saint Paul's North End. This saloon hosts live music three nights a week and the bar offers drinks for affordable prices. There is also a free buffet every Friday night from 5-7pm for you to fuel up before feelings the power of the live blues.
This restaurant has been serving possibly the best steak in town for more than 50 years. As soon as you enter, you can feel the atmosphere of elegance and tradition. Red leather circular booths are tiered in the lounge; everyone has a good seat for either the large screen TV or the floor acts featured Wednesday through Saturday. The feast commences in the Red Room or the Gold Room. The dining rooms are less dramatic than the lounge; the food is the star here. Choose from sirloin, New York strip or filet steaks, which are broiled over open charcoal broilers and can all be paired with lobster tails. If your appetite fails you, try the beef kabob or the chicken breast. There is also a walleye dinner with all the trimmings. A full wine list is available, as is an array of cocktails, beers and juices.
Formerly the Lyon's Pub on Grand until it was sold in May 1997, this restaurant has undergone a makeover. The subdued palette and lighting of the interior, coupled with the spot-lit Grecian art, make this a cosmopolitan-looking spot. The large oval bar has brass accents. Burgers and sandwiches are still offered, but now you can also order steak (T-bone, New York strip) and char-grilled Iowa pork chops. The house brew is surprisingly good. A good selection of import and domestic beers are available in bottles or on tap. A good wine list is available and liquor is served. Live entertainment is featured on many nights; phone ahead to inquire. Reservations recommended for parties of 10 or more. Tuesday and Thursday from 4pm to 8pm students receive a discount on burgers and drinks by showing student IDs.
Arnellia's, or as they like to call themselves the “Legendary Club Apollo” of Minnesota is one of the most popular and loved nightclubs in St. Paul. Live music is on almost every night and you can enjoy rock, funk, soul, R&B, jazz, disco or karaoke. Great food is what sets Arnellia's apart from most other nightclubs. Regular patrons swear by the unmatched quality of the chicken wings here. Other items on offer are hominy grits, black-eyed peas, catfish, ho-jos, onion rings and desserts. It also serves alcohol regularly. Several music bands have performed here and live music nights are the best time to be here.
As the oldest gay bar in St. Paul, the music and the characters here magically transform on a nightly basis. If you don't like it one night, check it out the next as the theme changes. Wednesdays are devoted to posing drag queens and Fridays give way to rock and roll. Cowboys and cowgirls line dance on Thursdays and Saturdays until their spurs no longer jingle or jangle. The back room, now known as Blanche's and decorated in the style of a 1930s cabaret, is home to a piano bar with Twin Cities' legend Lori Dokken tickling the ivories. Appetizers and sandwiches are available but most are there to sip wine, cocktails, beer or soft drinks and take part in the festivities.