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Come for the booze, stay for the food at these 5 local pubs

Pounds 612 1st Ave. N., Fargo, features a well-stocked bar as well as a dining area. Photo by Eric Daeuber / Special to The Forum

Restaurant review extraordinaire Eric Daeuber always has his fingers on the pulse of the food scene here in Fargo-Moorhead.

If there's a restaurant in town, chances are, Daeuber has reviewed it.

So if you're looking for a local place to grab a bite to eat, check out our own hand-picked reviews of these five pubs, which also serve up some amazing food:

Hennessy’s Irish Pub

Hennessy’s offers patrons a full bar and food that promises to transport you across the Atlantic.

With food that harkens back to the Emerald Isle and drinks that would make a leprechaun smile, Hennessy’s Irish Pub gives a nod to the prefab Irish ale houses of the green country.


Lucky’s 13

Fun, friends and food are high priority for this bar, located on 17th Ave. South in Fargo.  

With a huge menu that is loaded with everything meat and fried, it is easy to see how Lucky’s 13 is a favorite in the Red River Valley.

If an endless supply of popcorn and a pairing of salty tater tots and a cold beer are what you are looking for, you will be sure to find it at Lucky’s 13.



This downtown Fargo culinary bar experiment offers patrons good food at a price that would make one assume it is anything but.

Offering up a unique twist on classic dishes--like Mandarin chicken salads, burgers, and the Canadian-favorite poutine--Pounds is sure to have something to satisfy those hunger pains, especially when paired with one of their original refreshing beverages.


Fargo Brewing Ale House

While the Fargo Brewing Company has never been about anything but their beer, the addition of their ale house has been a step in the right direction.

With a small and thought out menu, and a cozy feel, the south Fargo Ale House sets itself apart--not only with the kind of food it serves--but with the high quality of food it serves.


Wild Rice Bar and Grill

Located just a short drive south of Fargo in Horace, N.D., the Wild Rice Bar and Grill serves up delicious food with that classic Midwestern feel, without breaking your wallet.

Friendly service and delicious, inexpensive food is what keeps this bar and grill around, and the barren atmosphere provides a nice break from the hubbub of most bars in the big city of Fargo.