Hays Take On: Gopher Bar

We shift our focus this week over to St. Paul to check out the iconic Gopher Bar. For some “ski u mah” action in the eastern part of the cities, this is the place to be. A classic Minnesota dive bar, with plenty of drinks, burgers, and their famous coney dogs.

The Place

Located at 241 7th St E, the Gopher Bar is just a few blocks away from the home of the St. Paul Saints, CHS field. Like any great Minnesota dive bar, the inside features a dark atmosphere that’s lit up by old beer signs and neon lights. They also have plenty of Minnesota Gopher apparel and jerseys across the walls from over the past years. The ceiling also features dollars stuck to the ceiling using thumbtacks from a trick only known to few. Another great piece is some awesome Team USA gear, such as a signed Herb Brooks Miracle celebration poster and team jerseys. The bar extends the length of the building and has plenty of liquor and taps on display. With your classic 4 person tables scattered around, you’ll have plenty of space to sit and enjoy a cold one.

The Product

The Gopher Bar has everything you could ever want in a bar: every kind of liquor you can ask for, plenty of beers available, and great bar food. With every classic available, from Michelob Golden to our favorite, the Miller High Life. As for the food, you’ll find your classic burgers and fries, a new addition as of recent to their menu, varying stuffed egg rolls, and their incredible coney dogs. There’s a reason these dogs are special and while it is just a bar hot dog, they get the details right every time. A great dog comes with a great bun, and the Gopher Bar uses their own special bread bun, that’s perfectly toasted and keeps the ingredients on the inside nice a tight and well proportioned for each bite. The meat sauce and onions smother to top of the dog and the cheese and mustard give the entire thing just enough height to overflow the bun. One bite is all it takes to realize why this is their signature item and why we come back again and again.

The Take

With one of our favorite coney dogs in the state and a great atmosphere to cheer on the hometown Gophers, the Gopher Bar is a classic dive bar that’s worth a stop if you’re in the area.


To try it out for yourself, head over to: 241 7th St E. St. Paul, MN

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