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The Whiskey Junction

Whiskey Junction - 901 Cedar Avenue - Historical Facts

The building was built in 1886 and was specifically built to operate as a bar. It was owned by the Grain Belt and Minneapolis Brewing Company’s, at the time it was common practice for breweries to own neighborhood bars that would distributed their products.

After prohibition the bar was owned by Oscar Pierson until his passing, The bar was then operated by Oscar’s brother in-law Al Halverson, who ran the bar until Oscars son, Craig Pierson took over at the age of 21 which made him the youngest bar owner in Minnesota.

The 2nd floor has been partially restored and is currently used as office space for the operations of the bar, there is a kitchen, a full bath with an antique claw foot tub, a large meeting room with a built in buffet, a fire place and a recording studio.

Most of the woodwork throughout the 2nd floor is original, as are the hardwood floors.

The original 2 front doors from the building were saved and, at sometime they were re-used for oak paneling that now surrounds the fireplace.

At one time the 2nd story was divided in to several small rooms and was rumored to have been a brothel, but this rumor has never been confirmed, however the rooms were rented to railroad employees from the rail yards that were across Cedar Avenue, where the Light Rail Station now is. This rail yard was the end of the line for trains coming from North Dakota and the employees would spend the night in the rooms and re-board the trains in the morning for the return trip home.

In 1984 the bar was sold to Gary Mackenzie who began the music and blues tradition the Whiskey Junction is famous for. Some of the more notable musicians that have recorded here include: Johnny Lang, Lynwood slim, Doug Maynard, and “Big Walter Smith”. As well as a blues series called “Live at the Whiskey

The game and rest rooms were added on in about 1987, the kitchen also was also added at that time offering mainly pizza and later a full menu.

The Whiskey Junction

Pizza Bar and Grill

901 Cedar Avenue • Minneapolis, MN

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25% OFF at Whiskey Junction!

25% OFF Your Total Bill.*

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