Fighting Cabin Fever

The season of snow has arrived! Despite the unusually warm temperatures that the Greater Mankato area has experienced this year there is little doubt that the cold and snow will continue through the winter months. With fewer and fewer hours of sunlight during the days and colder weather on the way many Mankato residents will find themselves hibernating at home for the next few months. While this may be the more comfortable, and surely warmer, route, it is healthy to get out of the house and socialize throughout the winter. Isolation, and particularly loneliness, has been linked to both mental and physical health problems. A lack of sunlight is often associated with minor to severe forms of Seasonal Affective Disorder and a general sense of depression. Both tend to affect people psychologically and alter a person’s happiness and contentment. Whether you are fighting boredom, entertaining out-of-town guests, or attempting to shake the winter blues, Mankato has the nightlife present at these five great spots to raise your spirits and warm you up from the inside out!


Located along Mankato’s riverfront the Wine Cafe offers an upscale pub and eatery environment with food to compliment the vast wine selection. There isn’t much that the Cafe doesn’t offer. The restaurant has a selection of over 150 wines, more than seventy imported and domestic beers, a full service bar, lunch specials daily, and karaoke. If you are looking for a special event there is a wine tasting once a month, just be sure to make reservations for this intimate setting.


A trip down to Madison Avenue will lead patrons to the warm, inviting atmosphere at The Tav on the Ave. The Restaurant boasts an impressive choice of beers on tap, a full service bar, cozy seating, and a long list of mouth-watering treats. Fight off those winter blues with steaming hot soup, an “Unforgettable Burger,” or a sweet treat from the dessert menu. As they say at The Tav, “There’s nothing better than family and friends, and a place to get together, where the good times never end.”


The Loose Moose located on Front Street offers everything from a nightlife environment to a pub-like lunchtime setting and a fantastic forum for fundraising events. The Loose Moose offers both the hors d’oeuvres required to impress your inner foodie and the comforting, warming local pub fare loved by the Minnesota natives. The atmosphere is the ideal gathering place to enjoy your time out with friends and family while still getting to catch up with one another.

PUB 500

If you are searching for a roomy and relaxed restaurant to share with friends and family search no further than South Front Street. Centered right in the middle of Mankato’s entertainment district Pub 500 has the hearty fare to warm you on a cold night and the libations to match! There is something for those with eccentric tastes and those who simply enjoy good, hearty meals.


If you are looking to enjoy the day’s sporting events search no further than Buster’s. For the games beginning earlier in the day make sure you check out the amazing brunch menu and for those that go later in the day, the happy hour is just as impressive! Madison Avenue is home to one of Mankato’s tastiest and most lively sports bars thanks to Buster’s.


From our team at Kohlmeyer Hagen Law Office to you and yours, Happy Holidays! Have a wonderful and safe time in Mankato, Minnesota this year, and don’t hesitate to reach out to us for experienced legal assistance. Call 507-200-8959.

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