The Parking: The Local is on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. There is always ample parking downtown though you will likely need to pay to park in a ramp unless you are lucky enough to find a meter within a reasonable walking distance.
The Beer: The beer selection is outstanding. I counted 17 different brews on tap. There is a fantastic mix of Irish, English and Minnesota beers to choose from.
The Old Fashioned: With all of the great tap beers, I didn’t have a chance to get an Old Fashioned. That said, I would guess it would be excellent as the bar staff appeared to be top-notch and the liquor selection was huge. The selection of whiskeys is amazing.
The Wait: We stopped on a very busy afternoon and were immediately seated. There is a deceiving amount of seating space.
The Service: The service was excellent. Our waitress was back often to check on us and keep our drinks coming.
The Atmosphere: The Local is an Irish Pub with an amazing amount of seating. There is a monstrous bar and beautifully carved back bar. There are many little gathering spaces away from the crowds and this is a great spot for catching a soccer game. The prices are very reasonable for downtown Minneapolis. There is a great outside patio during the summer months and it is a perfect spot to people-watch. Nicollet Mall is filled with interesting characters and spots to check out. This place can feel very upscale or very down-home depending on where you sit and what you order.
The Sides: The fish fry is usually accompanied by french fries. As I have stated many times before, in my opinion, french fries are for happy meals… That said, as far as fries go, these were serviceable.
The FISH: The fish fry is actually an English “Fish and Chips.” I should also note that this is not an all-you-can-eat. The fish comes either in the form of North Atlantic Cod for $13.99 or Canadian Walleye for $16.99. I went with the walleye and it was really terrific. It was a moist flaky fish coated in a crispy and perfectly seasoned breading. It was exactly as it should be. A squeeze of lemon and a little salt was all this fish needed.
The Score: The Local is a great Minneapolis spot and I would strongly recommend you give it a try. There is something for everyone. I would also recommend checking out The Local during a soccer game as the atmosphere is phenomenal. It is strange to see such a ravenous soccer crowd in the United States. Overall, I give The Local an 7.5 out of 10.