Bar 209

209 Minnesota Avenue NW
Bemidji, MN 56601-4026
(218) 751-2442

11am-1am 7 days a week
ATM available
WiFi available

Weekly and Daily Specials
Wednesdays - All you can eat ribs for $10.99.
Thursdays - All you can eat wings for $9.99.

If your wallet conscious daily happy hours are from 4:00-6:00 and 8:00-10:00 when appetizers are half price and drinks are 2 for 1, be quick to tell them to hold your second drink unless you want to quaff them down.

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Bar 209 in downtown Bemidji on Minnesota Ave makes an ideal location for a quick get-together for happy hour with 2 for 1 drinks and half price appetizers. New owners took over on February 1st 2011, they are often found behind the bar with full of energy, "people helping people" was the mantra they often banter back and forth with.


Bar 209's curb appeal is a little shabby but upon entering the refinished hardwood floors and bar will quickly change your mind. Unfortunately the bar space is cramped leaving little room for seating and walking. During peak hours be prepared to wait for a table to clear. The tiny back room is furnished with one pub table, a television and a pool table. I haven't seen the back room occupied on any of my visits but it would be a good spot for a small group gathering. The decor consists of neon beer signs and a few flat screen televisions on the same ESPN channel, some variety would be nice. Bar 209 on a weekday gives off a strong restaurant vibe but this place is all bar on the weekend nights. The music and dresses are hiked up as the place transforms into more of a club scene, be prepared to push through the bodies, but at least the overcrowding presents an opportunity to meet new people. On occasion, Bar 209 features live music that is announced on their Facebook page.


Bar 209 has 20 beers on tap some of which are Guinness, Summit, Finnegans, Premium Grain Belt, Blue Moon, Sam Adams, Fat Tire, New Castle and Honey Weiss. Their wide range of standard tap beers and cocktails are 2 for 1 during happy hour, but do they have to give you both drinks at once? If you really want a cheap deal you can split the 2 for 1 with a friend. They also do a shot of the week for $3, such as their Jolly Rancher shot.


The menu changed with new ownership and unfortunately the menu available at is no longer accurate. Take-out and catering is offered but they have yet to make a to-go menu available. All appetizers are half price during happy hour which is from 4:00-6:00 and 8:00-10:00 every day. Portions offered are more than generous, such as the quesadilla's that are a full meal in themselves. Bar 209 has a sandwich of the day posted on their Facebook page. The bar features their 209 Burger Challenge, give them a 24 hour notice and they will prepare a 2 lb. 9 oz. burger with 8 pieces of bacon, 6 slices of cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and bun with a 1 lb. side of waffle fries, if you can eat it all in 29 minutes you win $209.

If you are looking to bar hop, the closest bars are Brigid's Cross and Keg 'n Cork to the East or the Corner Bar to the South.

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