It's good to be Elite in the Twin Cities. Why? 'Cause of parties like Yelp pleYs! This palindrome-tastic event was held at Pat's Tap, South Minneapolis' newest gastropub and skee-ball hub opened by the always-awesome Bartmann sisters. It's even named after their mom (aww…).
This was no party boobytrap! Summit Winter Ale was on tap (one of this CM's favorite winter pints) and glasses were clinking with Leatherhead Chardonnay and Picos Tempranillo from Hey Joe Wine Co too. As if that weren't enough, Pat's Tap poured their signature Evil Olive martini and Brass Monkey cocktail with Sobieski Vodka. Melissa L called the Brass Monkey "a nice fruity cocktail that was appropriate for a chilly fall night without making me miss summer." 'Cause that would just be cruel.
In between sips, Elites enjoyed gourmet sliders and bacon burgers (50% bacon… yeah, that's pretty wonderful), charcuterie platters, frickles and cheese curds that rival the State Fair's version. Just thinking of all this comfort food almost makes the chilly weather seem bearable.
This party also featured games galore, including Pat's Tap's now-famous retro skee-ball machines, Intern Liz's all-Twin Cities photo trivia, a challenging palindrome scramble made with submissions from Elites and a few fiery rounds of Jenga. Randall N said, "Love me some Jenga. For some reason it put me in the mood to watch Jumanji with Robin Williams. Thanks Yelp for the inspiration!"
Fun fact: One of the neighbors, a curious feline named Buster, snuck in to the party when no one was looking—twice! Was it taco cat? We may never know…
A big, sappy thanks to Pat's Tap, Summit Brewing, Hey Joe Wine Co. and Sobieski Vodka for hosting the Elites with the greatest of ease and another big, sappy thanks to everyone who came out to the party and brought Toys For Tots donations!
Haven't read enough? Check out the party reviews on Yelp (feel free to write one if you were there!) and the pictures by Alanna Olson Photography on Flickr. If you're interested in being part of the 2012 Elite Squad, get your Yelp profile in order and apply already!
Twin Cities Community Manager