Best Place to Drink Before a Twins Game - 2011
When First Avenue finally opened the garage door on the Depot last June, they added a new title to their list of accolades when it comes to the downtown scene: kick-ass baseball bar. Tucked neatly next door to 7th St. Entry, the Depot offers thirsty Twins fans an ultra-cool, laid-back place to get warmed up before the quick walk to nearby Target Field. With great drink specials, including $3 16-ounce beers from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day, a unique menu with items like Cajun cheese curds and a pretzel-wrapped "Diamond Dog," and flat-screen TVs everywhere you turn, the Depot has all the staples of a solid pre-game sports bar. Plus, the huge, open entryway gives you all the pleasures of outdoor drinking while protecting you from the elements. Cooler than any stale basement bar you'll find on First Avenue, the Depot is your Twins pre-drinking headquarters this baseball season.