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Open Mic at Chatterbox

Interior, Chatterbox Pub
Interior, Chatterbox Pub
Colin Kopp

The Chatterbox Pub in South Minneapolis is easily one of the best neighborhood bars in Minneapolis.  Appearing almost as an oasis among the trees lining 35th St E, The Chatterbox eschews any expectations of a dive bar the minute one steps in the door.  With a decor made easy on the eyes by ornate chandeliers, walls bedecked with records and a ceiling pattern that wouldn't be out of place on the set of The Rocketeer, the dimly lit corner bar is a must-stop-in for any barthusiast. 

Besides great food at a good price, and a happy hour that starts when people are actually at the bar (10 pm on Tuesdays) The Chatterbox offers a variety of board games from Jenga to Apples to Apples to Chutes 'n Ladders for the little kid in all of us.  The South Minneapolis location also has two televisions, surrounded by comfy chairs and sofas, both equipped with Nintendo and Atari's with games for rent at the bar. 

Most nights they entertain some form of music performance for the amateurs among us from Karaoke on the weekend to their Tuesday night open mic.  This past Tuesday saw a number of performers, all with their own acoustic guitars, take to the tiny 8x5 stage.  From a male/female duo that covered CCR to Randy, the local who comes every week with a theme.  This weeks theme?  The Ramones, on acoustic guitar.  Doing mostly covers, with the notable exception of a blues duo that were perhaps the most skilled entertainers of the night, the spirit is laid back and easy going.  A format made possible by the open mics host, who got the crowd into it with an acapella version of an old Irish drinking song. 

Take this bar in with one of the bars very own micro-brews, I suggest the Pale Ale.  With three locations across the twin cities, check out any one of The Chatterbox Pubs with a group of close friends and be ready to play some games.