A Collection of Rogues, Crooks, and Fine Cocktails
In the late 1920’s, the Green Lantern Saloon in St. Paul was where the best stickup men in America came to commiserate over drinks and share stories of life on the run. Police, news reporters, and city officials were also counted as regulars. You might even rub shoulders with John Dillinger, Verne Miller, Frank Nash, and the Barker Boys who were just as fond of the food as the illegal drinks.
The original owner, “Dapper” Danny Hogan was known as the “Smiling Peacemaker”. He acted as a liaison between police and gangsters. Unfortunately, not even his charming personality could save him. On December 4, 1928 Dapper Dan was killed for violating the code of the underworld. After Dapper Dan’s death, his partner Harry “Dutch” Sawyer took over the Green Lantern. Dutch ran the Green Lantern as a front for bootlegging and a speakeasy for several years. In 1933, Dutch handed over control of the Green Lantern to two of Dillinger’s gang members, Tommy Gannon and Pat Reilly, but closed in 1934 after the end of prohibition.
While the building may no longer exist, the legacy of the Green Lantern lives on and today is resurrected at the Park Square Court Building in Lowertown. Sure to become the newest home to rogues, crooks, and fine cocktails.
Hours & Directions
Friday & Saturday: 6PM-1AM
Odds on Favorite 11
Bookers, Knob Creek Rye, Old Grandad, BroVo Amaro #14, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Cynar, House Sasparilla-Strawberry Bitters, Simple Syrup.
Deep, spiced and a touch sweet. There’s a lot going on here, folks.
Wooden Pistol 10
House Espresso-Infused Hornitos Reposado, Licor 43, Salerno, House Orange Bitters. Coffee and Tequila: a perfect end to any night. Down the Hatch!
Vikre Cedar Gin, Strega, Cocchi Rosa, Caraway Simple Syrup, Lemon Juice, Peychaud’s Bitters. Bright and tart, but finishes like sliding into your favorite bar seat.
Hop-infused Effen Vodka, St. Germain, Bols Apricot Brandy, Honey Syrup, Jamaican #2 Bitters.Herbal, bright and tangy. A truly unique experience.
18th Amendment 12
Dimple Pinch Scotch, Tattersall Amaro, Yellow Chartreuse, Salerno Spritz.
Soft, sweet, herbal notes. If Al Capone were still here, he’d be having one.
Public Enemy 11
Fidencio Mezcal, Benedictine, Aperol, Jamaican #2 Bitters.
This smoky, evolving little number will have you saying “I’ll Take Another.”
Beefeater Gin, Eucalyptus Syrup, Lemon Juice, Egg White, Nutmeg
A visit to the day-spa, in a glass.
The Fix is In 11
Hornitos Reposado, Herradura Añejo, Aperol, Tattersall Grapefruit Crema, BroVo Sauvignon Blanc Vermouth, Salerno.
Bright and sassy, like a good cocktail waitress.
Green Dragon 9
Coffee-Infused Rum, Velvet Falernum.
Take a Sip and Tame the Dragon.
Michelle, My Belle 10
Bombay Dry Gin, Lavender Syrup, Byrrh, Lemon, Rhubarb Bitters, Champagne.
I know it doesn’t fit the theme, but such is life
The Volstead 9
Old Overholt Rye, Sage Maple Syrup, Tattersall Amaro, Green Chartreuse.
Rich and deep…Like staring at the night sky…and it stares back.
Castle Royal 11
Landy VS, Cider Vinegar, Honey-Ginger Syrup, Blackberries.
Our seasonal favorite. Winter is here, folks. Face Reality.
1-2 Punch 10
House-toasted Coconut Rum, Apricot Brandy, Crème de Cassis,
Passionfruit Juice. Down it goes!