The Twin Cities bar scene has seen its fair share of nostalgic '80s- and '90s-themed parties lately. (Aren't you glad you kept that acid-washed jean jacket?) Next up: The Shout House's "Saved by the Bell" costume contest this Wednesday in downtown Minneapolis. The dueling pianos bar has pulled out all the stops by hiring none other than Mr. Belding himself, Dennis Haskins, to host the party. Mr. Belding, if you've forgotten, was Bayside High's affable principal on "Saved by the Bell." So what's become of our dear Mr. Belding, you ask? Not much. However, he has found a second life on the karaoke circuit (search YouTube for evidence). He recently released a karaoke album called "Karaoke With Your Favorite Principal." Glorious. (7 p.m. Wed., Block E, 650 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. 21 and older. 612-337-6700. www.theshouthouse.com.)

Beer news

There is much beer to be had this week. First up is "Belg-a-Rama" at the Blue Nile. While it started on Monday, there are still a few days left to partake in what will be the first in a monthly series dedicated to Belgian beers. Each month, the Nile will fill half its tap lines for one week with these strong, complex brews. Bartender Al McCarty says he will offer no repeats. Sample sets will be available. (Ends Sun. 2027 Franklin Av. E., Mpls. 612-338-3000. www.bluenilempls.com.)

Starting Wednesday, one of the Twin Cities' most renowned beer bars, the Happy Gnome, will celebrate its five-year anniversary with five nights of specials. Each night will be dedicated to a different style, such as hoppy beers, stouts, rare anniversary beers and more. (Wed.-Dec. 5, 498 Selby Av., St. Paul. 651-287-2018. www.thehappygnome.com.)

In October, Burger Jones started its Beer Geek club. Once you join (it's free), the bar will track which beers you drink at Burger Jones. The more you drink, the more you'll be rewarded with T-shirts and other giveaways. The bar plans to hold special events in the future. (3200 W. Lake St., Mpls. 612-746-0800. www.burgerjones.com.)

TOM HORGEN