Toby Keith riding into St. Louis Park
Could St. Louis Park be the Twin Cities' next nightlife destination? The list of upcoming big-name restaurant/bars continues to grow at the West End lifestyle center -- the suburban development under construction near Hwy. 100 and I-394. A third Crave, plus Kieran Folliard's next pub, Cooper, are scheduled to open in the fall. Now comes Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill. The chain is named after the controversial country star's 2003 song, "I Love This Bar." The St. Louis Park location will be huge, listed at 15,000 square feet. It'll feature an 85-foot bar shaped like a guitar, a mechanical bull, Southern-style food and live music. Look for it to open later this year, or early 2010. Yee-haw!
The W Hotel has jumped on the manicure-and-martini trend. Its pampered parties happen every Monday in the posh Living Room bar. For $17, you get one cocktail and a manicure (or a massage). For reservations call 612-597-2413.
5:30-8 p.m. Mondays. 821 Marquette Av. S., Mpls. $17. 612-215-3700. www.whotels.com/minneapolis
Movies on the lawn
The summer movies series at Brit's Pub starts Monday night. With its freshly cut lawn, the rooftop at Brit's is one of the best places in downtown Minneapolis to watch an outdoor flick. All the movies are either British-made or based in the United Kingdom. First up is "Last Chance Harvey" with Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson. Also in the series: "Son of Rambow," "Quantum of Solace," "Run Fatboy Run" and "Slumdog Millionaire."
8:30 p.m. Mondays. 1110 Nicollet Mall, Mpls. Free. 612-332-3908. www.britspub.com.