Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

In Hayfield, Part II: The Flying Monkey November 15, 2016

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IF FLYING MONKEYS terrify you, then stop reading this post. Unless you drink.




I recently happened upon Flying Monkey Saloon in Hayfield. I didn’t set foot inside the small town bar. Not because I’m afraid of flying monkeys. But because the time had not yet reached noon. I wish I’d broken my self-imposed rule and at least poked my head inside a bar with a catchy name and equally appealing graphics.




My sole source of info about this Main Street Hayfield bar comes from the internet. Hannah and Craig met and drank beer here. And now they’re engaged to be married in February 2017.

The burger baskets are endorsed as “awesome,” an overused word that I particularly dislike. But I’ll trust that Flying Monkey burgers really are delicious.

Flying Monkey apparently chooses a Customer of the Week. I have no idea the process or what the honor entails. But it sounds good to me. Maybe you get a free beer. Or burger.

Bikers and cruisers are drawn here. So Facebook shows me. That’s as good an endorsement as any for a small town bar.




If I ever return to Hayfield, I promise to check out the Flying Monkey Saloon. Even if I’m there before noon.

© Copyright 2016 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


25 Responses to “In Hayfield, Part II: The Flying Monkey”

  1. As many ‘time zones’ crossed, I always believe it is noon somewhere 🍺

  2. I think I would have enjoyed a beverage or two there. Sounds like a good time establishment to me.

  3. treadlemusic Says:

    Well, I was a tad startled by the photo that came up in my “Reader”. The only flying monkeys I’m familiar with are those in Oz and I definitely do NOT care for them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This season’s biking is on the downhill slope, unfortunately, but there’s always next year!!!! And, oh yes, I, too, wish you had ignored the “noon rule”…LOL!!!!!!

  4. Dan Traun Says:

    Original name and signage

  5. Beth Ann Says:

    It looks like a place that begs to be visited even if it is before noon. Next time, right?

  6. Almost Iowa Says:

    On first impression, this post about Flying Monkey Saloon reassured me because I encountered a large flock of Flying Monkeys after a night of drinking last week….but then I realized I was drinking in Hollandale, not Hayfield. Oh well….

  7. Jackie Says:

    Interesting name and signage…I would try it!

  8. At the first picture I had it pegged as a bike bar

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