It's clear before you've even taken a seat that the Muddy Pig is something special: It's one of those bars where banners advertise not cheap domestic pitchers but fine Belgian ales like Duvel, where the flat-screen TVs are visible but not the center of attention, and where the windows are big enough to remind you what neighborhood you're in. The Muddy Pig's beer selection ranges from familiar locals like Surly to pricey-for-a-reason connoisseur imports like Fantome. If you're overwhelmed by the cornucopia of ales and lambics—or the generous selection of scotches, bourbons, and whiskeys—a knowledgeable bartender can make a recommendation based on your interests. They don't half-ass the food, either; the kitchen is great at everything from traditional bar staples (try the nachos) to upscale tavern fare like grilled Portobello mushroom sandwiches and chicken Cordon Bleu. Located in the Selby neighborhood not far from downtown St. Paul, the Muddy Pig is accessible, yet far enough from the main-drag bar scene to be the discerning drinker's ideal inner sanctum.