The East Side Freedom Library invites you to “Noteworthy Dive Bars of Payne and Arcade: A Presentation by Bill Lindeke” on Friday, November 10 @ 7:00PM.
Just what is a “dive bar”?
It’s hard to say, but you can be sure the East Side has a lot of them.
The great dive bar debate has no easy answers, but that hasn’t stopped local geography writer Bill Lindeke from publishing a guide booklet called “Noteworthy Dive Bars of Payne and Arcade.” In it, Lindeke defines a quintessential dive bar as “more than the sum of its parts, a compound of qualities that seem singly inconsequential but, when considered together, come together for better or worse, for a moment or an evening, as delicate as rare jazz.”
Join us for a reading and discussion of where East Side dive bars fall in the pantheon of the Twin Cities historical liquor landscape. Lindeke will share anecdotes about the history of booze and liquor laws in the Twin Cities, talk about why old bars represent a special place within our urban and social landscape, and share some of the best parts of his most recent booklet about Payne and Arcade Streets.
Following his presentation, Bill will lead willing participants on a short walking tour and some site visits.
Bill holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Minnesota and has been a frequent contributor to local historical studies and journals, such as MinnPost and streets.mn, and has taught at the University of Minnesota and Metropolitan State University.