Best Cocktails 2013

Quality cocktail programs galore made it a tough call, but Parlour came out on top.

Cocktails at Parlour in Minneapolis, Minnesota
There’s no disputing that the cocktail game is being played at a whole new level in town. Mixologists work magic with liquids, outdoing each other by reimagining what can coexist in a glass; everything is new, new, new. At Parlour, the bar in the basement of Borough, that new magic is wrought with something additional that is essentially old, old, old: truly convivial service. Thanks to lead barman Jesse Held, the crew is on the top of its game in creativity and hospitality, which can go a long way for the uninitiated in the ways of bitters, heritage liqueurs, and all things old that are new again. 730 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-354-3135, boroughmpls.com