If I ruled the world, every bar would have a skee-ball machine. But for now, I'll just play the bar game at Pat's Tap. Kim Bartmann's latest creation opened last week in south Minneapolis, and it boasts four vintage skee-ball machines. Located in the former Casey's Bar, Pat's is a welcome addition to the revitalized corner of Nicollet and 35th (which already includes Yeti Records and B-Squad Vintage). The food menu lands somewhere between Bartmann's Bryant-Lake Bowl and the Red Stag. The starters are fun (try the lamb meatballs and fried pickles). The gastro pub fare also includes burgers, salads, sandwiches, charcuterie and a good list of entrees. The bangers and mash ($11) consists of house-made pork sausage and horseradish mashed potatoes. The bar's beer selection sticks to taps and cans. There must be 60-plus cans under the menu's "Canifesto" (they're easy to recycle). Just remember to bring quarters. Why? For the skee-ball, of course.
3510 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls. 612-822-8216. www.patstap.com.Nectar of the (dubstep) gods
It doesn't get much bigger than this for dubstep fans. Bassnectar will be the second DJ (after Tiesto) to try to fill Roy Wilkins Auditorium this year. Expect a stunning light show and pounding beats. And don't miss opener EOTO, a duo that specializes in live improvisational dubstep.
7:30 p.m. Fri. Roy Wilkins Auditorium, 5th and Washington St., St. Paul. $40. Ticketmaster: 1-800-745-3000. www.theroy.org.The Cosby show comes to Rochester
Hey, Bill Cosby, what's wrong with the Twin Cities? The legendary comedian is bypassing the metro area this time for a show in Rochester at the Mayo Civic Center. The 74-year-old has been telling jokes for half a century, but don't call him out of touch. He has 2.2 million followers on Twitter, where he's been known to answer fans' questions about Jell-O pudding.
8 p.m. Fri. 30 Civic Center Drive SE., Rochester. $50.50-$111. 1-800-422-2199. www.mayociviccenter.com.