Author: Briana Worke

JOIN THE CLUB Live music, great venue … What’s not to love?

MANKATO, MN (June 1, 2016)—Go downtown Mankato on any given night of the week, and you will find music blaring out the doors of at least one bar. If it’s Monday or Wednesday, it’s karaoke at Chopp’s Bar. If it’s Tuesday, it’s open mic night at Pub 500. At the center of it all is Justin “Fuzzy” Fasnacht of FuzzTalkRadio, Mankato’s only online streaming radio station. He’s setting up the soundboard, playing music and getting ready to host the musical party they call the Thursday Night Drinking Club. Read More

Pub 500 to Host BOOMCHICKAPOP® Belgian Style Farmhouse Popcorn Ale Draft Release Party

Mankato, MN (April 4, 2016)—Two Minnesota companies, Mankato Brewery and Angie’s Boomchickapop, teamed up to create what’s believed to be the first commercially produced beer brewed with air-popped popcorn. A release party is planned at Pub 500 in Mankato on Thursday to celebrate. It is described as a “light, refreshing craft beer to welcome spring and celebrate summer”. Read More

Pub 500: Mankato’s First Safe Bar

MANKATO, MN (March 21, 2016)—Pub 500 is the first Mankato bar to be certified by the Safe Bar Initiative and has been for one year. The Safe Bar Initiative is a prevention effort to help reduce sexual harassment/violence in local bars by training the staff at establishments in bystander intervention. Pub 500 staff is genuinely concerned with the well-being of it’s customers. Read More

Minnesota’s 12 Best Bars Outside the Twin Cities

Mankato, MN (October 15, 2014)—Pub 500 was named on of Minnesota’s 12 best bars outside the Twin Cities by Keane Amdahl from Thrillist. He puts Pub 500 on this short list of gems for the great variety of beers beers, which includes several locally brewed options and imports and praises the special house-made Bloody Mary, live music and burgers. Read More

Minnesota Pub Allows Female Patrons to Order Up a Pregnancy Test Along with a Cold Brew

MANKATO, MN (September 16, 2012)—Pub 500 in conjunction with Healthy Brains for Children, a locally-based nonprofit, are working together to reduce alcohol-related birth defects. Pub 500 has installed a new pregnancy test dispenser in the women’s restroom and donates all of the money from the machine to Healthy Brains for Children. Healthy Brains for Children’s executive director and co-founder Jody Allen Crowe said that the response to the machine has been “tremendous and international.” Read More