Mankato Venues Spread Holiday Cheer with Live Music on Christmas Eve

KEYC NEWS 12 (Dec. 24, 2018) – Nothing highlights the Christmas and holiday season like tradition. At Pub 500 in Mankato, a 15–year tradition continued with a performance from a Dixieland jazz band called the Blue Ox Jazz Babies. “It’s a wonderful tradition. A lot of these people have been in here every year from the beginning,” said […]

Grow MANkato Hosts Mustache Bash

KEYC NEWS 12 (Nov. 30, 2018) – As the month comes to a close, so does “No Shave November. Men attended Pub 500 to say goodbye to their facial hair. To celebrate the end of “No-Shave November” men got their ‘staches & beards shaved down. Including our very own Dion Cheney! “We’re raising awareness for […]

The Mustache Bash

MANKATO FREE PRESS (Nov. 30, 2018) – Joan Hurley shaves Bob Boelter at Grow Mankato’s 2018 Mustache Bash event at Pub 500 Friday night. The Mustache Bash is the culmination of a month-long effort to educate and raise funds for men’s cancer.

Pub 500 Receives YWCA 2018 Distinctive Difference Award

KEYC NEWS 12 (March 27, 2018) – Leadership, community impact and dedication. “We just want to do our best, and to believe that we are here for our community,” YWCA’s Women of Distinction 2018 honoree Dr. Caroline Baerg said. Those are just some of the qualities highlighted each year during the YWCA’s Women of Distinction Awards since […]

MN Restaurant Association Honors Best of the Year

FOOD SERVICE NEWS (Dec. 10, 2017) – Nothing screams, “holiday party” like John Schiltz’s red-and-green polka-dot suit jacket and snowflake tie. Sure, it wasn’t even Thanksgiving yet, but the owner of Lake Elmo Inn and the president-elect of the Minnesota Restaurant Association was a neon announcement that it’s never too early to celebrate the holidays and […]

Mustache Bash Wraps Up No-Shave Novermber

KEYC NEWS 12 (Nov. 30, 2017) – Locals gathered for the Grow MANkato mustache bash. The end of the No–shave November celebration just wrapped up at Pub 500 in downtown Mankato. Many took part in the end–of–the–month shave including our own Dion Cheney. The event included a facial hair competition, live music and gentlemanly games […]

Mankato Vegan Plant-powered Restaurant Reviews

MANKATO FREE PRESS (Oct. 30, 2017) – The duo behind Mankato Vegan become tastemakers through social media The premise was simple: Erika Boyer-Kern and Nicole Olsen would visit one restaurant each month and then post a review on Facebook with photos of the food and comments on the menu’s vegan-friendliness. They didn’t expect to get […]

Pub 500 Holds First .005k

KEYC NEWS 12 (Oct. 19, 2017) – Running and beer enthusiasts came out Thursday for Pub 500’s .005k Pub Run. The race, which is just over 16 feet in length, was put on ahead of the Mankato Marathon and sponsored by Fulton Beer. With a $10 entry fee or $5 with a canned food donation […]

Mankato Raises a Glass to Top-Shelf Bartender

MANKATO FREE PRESS (June 30, 2017) – Tending bar at Pub 500 is so much a part of Erin Filson’s life that she isn’t sure how long she’s done it. Filson remembers starting about half a dozen years ago on Minnesota State University’s homecoming weekend. She knew how to serve drinks, having worked as a […]

Pub 500 and Mankato Brewery Collaborate to Create Two New Beers

KEYC NEWS 12 (March 7, 2017) – As liquor stores begin the adjustment to the new normal, breweries continue to forge their own path. Those attending Greater Mankato Growth’s Business After Hours this evening at Pub 500, the restaurant had a special treat. Welcome to the world of nano-brews. Hosting one of GMG’s Business After […]

Pub 500 featured by Thrifty Jinxy

MANKATO, MN (Sept. 21, 2016) – After a busy morning, we were starving for lunch! We visited Pub 500, right in the heart of downtown Mankato. Their menu has a big selection of hearty options making it hard to choose. (They do offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.) While our entire meal was delicious, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]


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