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Mystic Lake Gets Wet! Formerly Dry Casino Opens Bars for Parched Guests

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For two decades, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel was one of Minnesota's only dry gaming establishments, reported the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

After a high demand for alcohol service since its 1992 opening, the Shakopee Mdwekanton Sioux Community finally decided in summer of 2012 to apply to the Bureau of Indian Affairs for regulatory approval to sell alcoholic beverages.

“Our guests have been asking for this for years,” said John Kolander, Mystic Lake’s director of food and beverage services. “Since we opened [21] years ago, it was the most requested item that we had—‘Can we get a drink?’ ”

The liquor ban was officially lifted in September 2012, and in November the casino opened a few makeshift bars, tucked in corners inconvenient for gaming clientele.

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Now guests can court a buzz without missing the gaming action. The last weekend of August 2013, the Prior Lake-based casino hotel debuted three unique gaming-floor bars, reported the Star Tribune.

Each bar is distinguished. The largest of the trio, Drinx Bar, is centrally located by the blackjack pit and the Promenade Stage. The 45-seater is a full-service "party bar," as Kolander describes it, features ice-sculpture-like light fixtures. The more discreet Lobby Lounge pours classic cocktails and offers the full Mystic Steakhouse menu. The Promenade Bar caters to beer lovers, featuring six Minnesota craft brews on tap.