By Anna Berend

Brit’s Pub & Eating Establishment
1110 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN

Ever thought of jumping the pond for a visit to London? You know what’s cheaper, simpler and doesn’t require a passport? A trip to Brit’s Pub & Eating Establishment in downtown Minneapolis. Brit’s serves up big portions of hearty, traditional English dishes and pours a mean pint in a dark-paneled, warm pub atmosphere. But the thing that sets Brit’s apart from other pubs, bars and taverns is the rooftop lawn and gardens.

Not even noticeable from street level, Brit’s rooftop lawn and gardens is the site of many unique, fun and free summer events.  No matter what your taste and preference of activity level, Brit’s Pub has something to get your heart pumping. Get your calendar and well-worn blanket for spreading out on the lawn and start planning your trip to London via Minneapolis.

Open Lawn Bowling
May 16 to Oct. 2
Saturdays and Sundays
Noon to 11 p.m.
$5 per person, per hour

Lawn bowling is similar to Bocce Ball and is easy to play. Each of the two teams roll 4 bowls per end towards an object ball. The team with the closest bowl to the object ball scores 1 point. There are about 12 ends or rounds per hour of playing.

Shakespeare on the Lawn
Sundays, July 7 to July 31
6 p.m.
Sunday, July 17
3:30 p.m.

The Actors Theater of Minnesota presents “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” on the Rooftop Lawn. This comedy does not require you to have prior knowledge of Shakespeare to have a fabulous time. Bring a blanket and sit on the lawn.

Bastille Day Celebration on the Lawn
Sunday, July 17
3 p.m.

After the special 3:30 p.m. production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” legendary British rocker Graham Parker will perform live on stage at 6 p.m. Vincent A Restaurant is pairing with Brit’s for the Bastille Day Celebration, offering food and drink specials throughout the day.

Movies on the Lawn
Mondays, Aug. 1 to Sept. 5
8:30 p.m. or dusk

Brit’s Brings British films to Minnesota. Spread out your blanket and get cozy for a British movie under the stars. This summer, Brit’s is screening: Arthur (1981), Paul, Scoop, The King’s Speech, Robin Hood and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows I.

Anna Berend is an attorney and the author of Motherly Law Blog. On Motherly Law, Anna writes about legal issues that affect families and offers tips and resources that pertain to those legal topics. On occasion, inspiration strikes and Anna writes about something totally unrelated to the law.You can find Anna at, on Facebook at Motherly Law and on Twitter @MotherlyLaw.

Comments (2)
  1. Alistair Charleston says:

    Brit’s is TERRIFIC, I can’t believe that simple Minnesotans got this right, but I am certainly glad they did!