Bartender Buzz: The Pourhouse


Meet Abby from The Pourhouse!

What is your go to dance move?

There is an excessive amount if clapping and hip shaking involved...not sure what you'd call it

How do I get a drink the quickest?

Eye contact, being prepared with your order and payment. A smile helps too:)

Best pick up line you've heard?

“I came here tonight to drink beer and take home hot chicks. I would like to let you know that I’m about done drinking”-- at least it made me laugh

What is the weirdest drink name you know?

Burt Reynolds-- only because I don't think most of the kids who order know who that is

Favorite Christmas movie?

Home Alone 2



Bartender Buzz: Mason's Barre


Here's Whitney from Mason's Barre -- get to know her a bit!

What is your go to dance move?

Literally the world's worst dancer... I don't know if you could categorize what I try to do. 

How do I get a drink the quickest?

An awesome smile and great attitude is the best way to go. 

Best pick up line you've heard?

"We have a connection that we cannot ignore"

What is the weirdest drink name you know?

Slippery Nipple

Favorite Christmas movie?

Elf. No contest.



Bartender Buzz: Kieran's


Introducing Tim - Bartender at Kierans! 

What is your specialty drink?

Four Roses Small Batch Manhattan 

What is your go-to dance move?

Bollywood Hands to Vishnu

How do I get a drink the quickest?

Have good manners . . . and cash.

Best pickup line you’ve heard?

You remind me of my big toe; I’m pretty sure I’m going to bang you on my coffee table later tonight.

Favorite Christmas movie? 

Die Hard



Bartender Buzz: Cowboy Jacks - Amy


Meet Amy - she's one of the fabulous bartenders at Cowboy Jack's...

 What is your go to dance move?

Considering I have over 10 years of dance lessons, you would think I would at least be a decent dancer…but no.  I went through a twerking phase, but then I saw a video of me trying to twerk and that ended.  So now I just do everyone a favor and don’t dance.

How do I get a drink the quickest?

Run up to the bar and immediately start yelling “HEY!!” and wave ur cash/card in the bartenders face…Seriously, we love that.

Best pick up line you've heard?

I don’t know if it’s my drunk goggles or if you really are this hot, want to come home with me and I will tell you in the morning?

What is the weirdest drink name you know?

Duck Fart—seriously who named that one?? Way to ruin a delicious shot with a gross name!




The Bridge for Youth

Missy, our Nonprofit Partner , got to sit down with one of our Nonprofit Partners we have this year -- The Bridge for Youth. Here is a quick blog post Missy wrote about her experience sitting down with a few folks from The Bridge for Youth.


Last week, I had the opportunity to meet and have lunch with Mark Fangmeier, Development Coordinator, and Janet Hallaway, Corporate & Community Engagement Manager, from The Bridge for Youth. Our conversation spanned The Bridge’s mission, their exciting upcoming projects, and heartfelt stories that keep them coming back to work everyday.

Mark & Janet told me about their amazing organization, which provides a place for youth ages 10-17 when they have nowhere else to go and no one to turn to. Most often, these are homeless, runaway, or abandoned LGBTQ youth dealing with their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. telling them to leave, or these youth may be having problems at school and have no one to talk to. The Bridge provides a 24/7 crisis hotline for youth but also for their parents and family members who need support and guidance through challenging, intense moments. They also provide an emergency shelter that not only includes a room but also provides meals, clothing, transportation to school, and nightly activities such as support groups.

They shared a few emotional stories on how youth find themselves in trying situations, challenges and decisions parents face, and how The Bridge helps youth and their families pick up the pieces to make things whole.

Take yourself back to your childhood, to elementary school, middle school, or even high school. What would you do if your parent(s) kicked you out of your house for expressing who you truly are? A place you always thought you would be loved, especially for who you are. So you might couch surf for a few months, maybe spend a few nights outside if the weather allows, but eventually you’ll come to a time where you honestly have nowhere to go. What would you do?

On behalf of The 12 Foundation, we couldn’t be more thankful for all of our crawlers’ continued support and contributions to 12 Bars, which afford us the opportunity to financially support and bring awareness to The Bridge for Youth and their important and desperately needed role in the community.

To learn more about The Bridge, to find out how to volunteer, or to make a donation, visit their website or Facebook page.

The Bridge for Youth 1111 West 22nd Street Minneapolis, MN 55405 612-377-8800

Looking forward to giving the largest donation yet!

Cheers, Missy


How to Purchase your 12 Bars of Christmas Shirt

It's as easy as 1-2-3 figuratively . . .

1) Click up on "Order T-Shirts."

2) Click on the big t-shirt. 

3) Select color, sleeve length and size.  If you are going as a group, be sure to coordinate colors!

4) Pay for it. 

5) Pick it up at one of our fabulous Happy Hours on 12.6, 12.7, 12.8, 12.9 and/or 12.11! More details to come on these events really soon!! 

6) Be ready for fun on 12.12 -- see you there!!!





Get-to-know your fellow crawler:::Kelly

You can call me ... Kelly and I've been crawling for 6 years.

My drink of choice is ... Lemon Drop!

The absolutely best thing about The 12 Bars of Christmas ... SO many things are the best part of 12 Bars! Seeing everyone from the crawls you met from the previous year, raising money for awesome causes and dressing up!

Yes ... I've been to all 12 bars

Been there, done that: here's my advice for new crawlers ... Take it slow. Get a good meal in before you start and may I suggest grab some beers at the first few before hitting the hard liquor. If you're saying Kelly! Captain Diets are all I drink! Well then I say double fist it! One hand your cocktail, the other a glass of water!

My favorite Christmas song is obviously ... Rockin around the Christmas Tree

You can see my best dance moves when this tune is on ... Anything [by] Lady Gaga.


Hey! Look! We have a blog . . .

Happy 10th Anniversary to The 12 Bars of Christmas!

It is that wonderful time of year again when the folks at The 12 Foundation kick off working on The 12 Bars of Christmas. This year the event is on Friday, December 12th in Downtown Minneapolis! As always, it will be a wonderful night of fun with friends built around the central idea of doing good for our community.

Social Hour at Sisyphus Brewing

Join us at Sisyphus for a Social Hour on Wednesday, November 5th from 6-8pm! During this time, you can enjoy some delicious brews, mingle with fellow crawlers and have the opportunity to purchase & walk away with your early-bird priced 12 Bars of Christmas shirt. Quantities & sizes will be limited; so be sure to RSVP ASAP

Sisyphus Brewing is also kind enough to offer to donate $1/beer purchased during our social hour to The 12 Foundation! So drink up for a cause while preparing to drink up on December 12th at The 12 Bars of Christmas!

Again, RSVP ASAP & check out Sisyphus Brewing!

We all selfie, even if we don't like to admit it - so why not selfie for a cause?

Dig out any past years 12 Bars of Christmas shirt you have in the closet and wear it with pride in a selfie wherever, whenever you wear it! Do you wear it to a concert like Kelly? Sleep in it? Work out in it? Walk the dog in it? Whatever you do in it, selfie it & hashtag it #WhereIsYour12Bars on your favorite social media platform. If you can, please tag us in the picture as well so we can get our repost, sharing and retweet on as soon as our little human fingers can make it happen.

Give us a piece of your mind.

We have a quick survey that we want you to fill out! We would like to feature as many of you as we can on our website & social media in a spotlight focused on getting-to-know your fellow crawlers. All you have to do is fill out the survey and email a selfie (heeeeey #WhereIsYour12Bars selfies!) to us and we will be posting some of you wonderfully beautiful people up!