Do you love dive bars? Do you love a place that tells stories upon stories without a word being uttered? How about a place with stiff drinks that won’t break the back? Do you love people watching and mixing it up with characters from all walks of life? Maybe you simply love a good whisky shot and cheap cigarettes? If you answered yes to any of the above then The Nook Basement in St. Paul is the place for you to hang your hat after a hard day’s work. Or on a weekend night out catching up with some old friends. It’s also one of those rare places that you can saunter into by yourself and get into just about anything you so desire by the end of the night in St. Paul, MN.
As far as décor goes you’ll find an old train car at The Nook while if you look up you’ll see dollar bills hanging down from the ceiling. It is said there is about $16,000 dangling from the ceiling in The Nook. The rest of the bar has typical bar stools a couple booths and a long bar which pretty much is the length of the barroom, in good ole St. Paul.
On the menu at The Nook Basement in St. Paul, Minnesota are a number of tasty treats with old staples dating back 70 years. Try the Bacon Cheddar Tater Nachos or the Homer Simpson Burger. If you are looking for some dessert you should check out the Monster Cheesecake or the Season 6, Episode 24, Lemon of Troy Bars.
You can also take a shot at the Quesadilla Burger, Vero Mango Puffs, or the Paul Molitor Burger which is named after a prominent baseball player. However, if you really want to experience The Nook Basement in St. Paul you have to get the cheese-stuffed “Juicy Lucy” Burger. This is the house burger and has been a staple at The Nook for years.
For a quick order get the Nookie Wings or Leprechaun Legs. If you want leaner options you can scarf down a Bison or Turkey Burger.
Above The Nook is the Ram-Ham Bowling Center. This is a classic old-school bowling alley adorned with the old wood lanes and side framing and open ball returns which are very cool and unique. The Ram-Ham smells of many years of smoke and beer with a hint of oil. There is some fun artwork on the walls here as well. So when you are ready to go back in time while in St. Paul you can scratch that itch at the Nook Basement and Ram-Ham Bowling Center.
When you spend a day at The Nook Basement in St. Paul, MN you’ll find yourself on a journey of old-school bowling, awesome bar food, and stiff libations. You’ll also come across some of the most interesting characters you’ll ever find in city of St. Paul.
***BONUS*** Transport yourself back in time to the age of prohibition and gangsters at the Wabasha Street Caves.