Walking the sidewalks of Midway in St. Paul is like passing through a home that’s been empty for a decade. Things are happening but you have to look at the details. You have to peek through a window after you’ve dusted it off. But every old home has a gem or two. Like a spiral staircase or a priest’s hole near the fireplace.
When in Midway, you have to dust off the window and peek through to find these gems. And if you make the effort to do that, you’ll find The Dubliner.
We’ve been here dozens of times. Much like the watering hole has been a communal space for centuries, The Dubliner is the place people gravitate to from Midway from St. Paul and from the suburbs because it inspires community and has done so since 1983.
Here, there is live music six nights a week. As you plant your hands on the warm wooden bar and get a pint of Guinness from Patrick or Milo, you can hear some classic tunes from the green isle or more modern pieces from local artists.
As your Guinness settles, you’ll look around and see the pictures of old Jack Kennedy or their many whiskeys, thinking about which you’d choose if Jack were still alive to see this place.
Wednesdays feature Irish dancing and whether you partake or not it’s an extremely enjoyable experience, where smiles abound each corner of the bar.
With wooden pews, stools and seats atop the worn wooden floor from many a dances, this place just feels like home and we’ve felt it many times.