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Blue Door Pub

Blue Door Pub

1811 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-493-1865

Word on the street—this St. Paul pub makes a good juicy lucy, and the Blue Door has become an instant neighborhood classic. The cost of its runaway popularity can result in lots of people waiting in line for not so many seats, but patience is an easier virtue when combined with the bar's proud Minnesota-flavored tap that stocks local favorites from Surly, Lift Bridge, and Summit. Continue Reading

Blue Nile

2027 Franklin Ave. E., Mpls., 612-338-3000

Enhanced with colorful East African décor and friendly service, the Blue Nile remains a hip, multicultural nightlife spot despite its relatively low profile in the Twin Cities. Patrons love the spicy Ethiopian and Mediterranean fare, especially when accompanied by the long list of beers on tap (including Surly, Bells, Sam Adams, and several imports). Located in Minneapolis's Seward neighborhood, the Blue Nile also features a nice outdoor patio and a dimly lit lounge, which houses live international music and dancing most nights of the week. Continue Reading

Blue Point (Wine Bar)

739 E. Lake St., Wayzata, 952-475-3636

Nestled on Lake Street in Wayzata, this New England-style restaurant features green and white checkered tablecloths and a cozy vibe with lake views and a warming fireplace. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a snoozy suburban bar, because come happy hour you'll be lucky to find a table. Double pours on wine and rail drinks, tall beers for the price of normal beers, and an excellent bar menu is what sets this suburban outpost apart. The mussels and Blue Point Oysters are a must as well. Continue Reading

Bolt Underground

513 Washington Ave. S., Mpls., 612-338-0896

The Bolt is an industrial-themed video bar that is proudly gay owned and operated. On the weekends, the Bolt Underground opens for dancing. Located next to the adjoining Minneapolis Eagle, the Bolt offers the opportunity for counter-cultural mingling of every persuasion. Continue Reading

Bradstreet Crafthouse

Bradstreet Crafthouse

601 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-312-1821

Located in a dark room on the first floor of the Graves Hotel, Bradstreet specializes in truly classic cocktails, as well as dozens of creations you won't find anywhere else, because Bradstreet's bartenders (ahem, mixologists) made them up. In many cases, they also invented the ingredients that go into the drinks (custom syrups, bitters, spiced liqueurs, etc.). There are four distinct seating areas in the bar to accommodate just about any mood. Try a Black Walnut Old-Fashioned made from in-house bitters and specially developed syrup. Then lean back and enjoy the cozy, classy surroundings. quality drink in hand and order up a few items from the inventive menu of sandwiches, sliders, and gourmet appetizers. It's hard to go wrong here, so enjoy. Continue Reading

Brit's Pub

Brit's Pub

1110 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-3908

After a long day as a cog—an important cog, but a cog nonetheless—in one of downtown's many corporate wheels, all the crowd at Brit's wants is a pint, a Scotch egg or two, and a game of lawn bowling or Cosgrove Trivia Challenge before retreating to one of the pub's many dark corners to watch a football match. Continue Reading

Brothers Bar & Grill

430 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-339-4240

Brothers is the place where your brother—the one who wears his hat backwards and never moved out of the suburbs—went to get hammered on his twenty-first birthday. Four years later, he and his buddies, hats still backwards, travel down from the suburbs every couple months to slam some beers and Jäg-bombs and hit the dance floor, singing along to the dance version of a Rascal Flatts song. Continue Reading

Bryant-Lake Bowl

Bryant-Lake Bowl

810 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-825-3737

Bryant-Lake Bowl isn't just a bowling alley (and serious gamers who come to roll strikes and spares may find themselves disappointed). But if a forty-three-bottle globetrotting wine list that includes Minnesota wines, a contemporary American menu served past midnight, or the adjacent theater-cum-performance space appeals to you, this might be a fit. And if you just want to fling ten-pound balls down the rough and tumble lanes with a knowing irony, or at least hyper self-awareness, that's okay, too. Where else can you enjoy a Belgian Trappist ale and ill-fitting rental shoes? Continue Reading

Bunkers Music Bar & Grill

761 Washington Ave., Mpls., 612-338-8188

Where local rockers, including Mick Sterling, G. B. Leighton, and Kip Blackshire, play to a crowd. There's music nightly; on Monday, come out to catch funk/rock group Dr. Mambo's Combo. See Solacious on Tuesdays and Smart Mouth on Wednesdays. Continue Reading

Burrito Loco

Burrito Loco

418 13th Ave. SE, Mpls., 612-746-5626

Burrito Loco has two equally popular bars: Downstairs is the famous burrito bar, which is always available for dinner or a late-night snack—and upstairs you’ll find a busy bar full of U of M students who, more likely than not, have just finished eating and are eager to wash it down with something. Pool tables and occasional karaoke promise a good time with friends, and the never-ending popcorn supply is a favorite perk. Every night of the week is happy hour, and the deals—such as free nachos with a mug of beer—are unique. Continue Reading

Cafe Latte

850 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-224-5687

While known for fantastic desserts and a good quick lunch, Cafe Latte has a little wine bar in the back that has a life of its own. With twenty-five wines by the glass, there’s something for everyone. The fairly standard list is approachable, but not as interesting as some. No flights or tastes are available, but you can ask to try a wine before ordering it. The crowd includes families, girls on a night out, and couples too. The sound level mitigates against intimate conversation. Food is fresh and fun: salads, pizza, and sandwiches. It’s a great stop for dinner or just a glass of cabernet and a huge piece of chocolate cake. Continue Reading

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Café Maude

5411 Penn Ave. S, Mpls., 612-822-5411

Enjoy an inventive cocktail or glass of wine in this South Minneapolis neighborhood gem, which goes by the tagline "civilized leisure." The happy hour or “Leisure Time” is only an hour, but it happens seven days a week. There is a comfortable bar area with a special corner set aside for live music on Tuesday and Wednesday nights—usually jazz. Wednesday nights are often busy with locals, regulars and newcomers. Continue Reading

Cardinal Bar & Tavern

2920 E. 38th St., Mpls., 612-724-5837

They may not scream “NORM!” when you walk in, but the Cardinal Tavern feels like a pub where everybody knows your name. Located off the 38th St. Light Rail stop, the Cardinal has all the necessities of a good neighborhood bar: regular clientele, cheap beer and wine, a large menu of greasy food and plenty of pool tables and dart boards. The cozy Longfellow location may not look like much, but whether you’re cheering the Twins or competing in the bar’s karaoke contests, the Cardinal Tavern is a reliable place to make a few new friends. Continue Reading

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Casper & Runyon's Nook

492 Hamline Ave. S., St. Paul, 651-698-4347

The sign hanging outside this quaint St. Paul hangout reads "Casper & Runyon's Nook: A Small Place with Big Burgers." Certainly, the burgers are what bring in the business—the place is regularly noted as one of the best burger joints in the Twin Cities—but Casper & Runyon's is also a great place to grab a drink and catch the big game. Sports memorabilia lines the walls, there are nightly happy hour specials, and plenty of TVs put you in the mood to cheer on your favorite team. Continue Reading

Caspers & Runyons Shamrocks

Caspers & Runyons Shamrocks

995 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-228-9952

Who needs four-star restaurateurs when you’ve got Ted Casper and Mike Runyon, the barely-old-enough-to-drink-their-own-beer boys behind St. Paul’s Shamrocks and the legendary burger haven The Nook? Shamrocks serves the same great beer and burgers as it’s well-known sibling, but the Sham gives its typically younger crowd a chance to shimmy with regular live music and DJs. Burgers, beer, and booty shakin’—now that’s a lucky charm. Continue Reading

Cause Spirits & Soundbar

3001 Lyndale Ave S, Mpls., 612-822-6000

Located in the up-and-coming Lyn-Lake neighborhood near Uptown, Cause attracts the kind of clientele you'd expect in the area: young, hip iconoclasts who like loud music. Inside, you'll find dim lighting, two bars, and an eclectic array of contemporary art. If you're looking to be part of the “it” crowd with the option of head-banging to the edgy metal band playing in the back room, then Cause is the bar for you. Don’t order conventional drinks, either—that “spirits” in the name is your first clue that they take bartending seriously here. Continue Reading

CC Club

2600 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-874-7226

Since prohibition ended, the CC Club has been abetting local inebriates from Tom Arnold and The Replacements to your overweight uncle and that creepy neighbor kid with the punk hairdo. People don’t go to the CC Club for fancy drinks (don’t try to order no fernet and coke), they go for the people. Whether you join the middle-aged crowd at the bar, or the artist’s palette of characters in the back rooms, someone at the CC Club will be waiting for you with a smile and a smart-ass comment. One day, that someone might be you. Continue Reading

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Champion's Saloon & Eatery

105 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-827-4765

Champion's Saloon & Eatery is a south Minneapolis institution of sorts—the sort that would call a place that serves food an "eatery." Essentially a neighborhood sports bar with grub, Champion's serves a staunchly working-class clientele in an iffy neighborhood, and the evening crowd is often described as "rough." For those who aren't so rough, it's the sort of place that requires a careful risk-assessment before entering. At the end of the day, though, Champion's is no more and no less than a large, neighborhood dive with a big island bar in the middle. If you're content to sip your suds and watch the game, it can be a fun place to hang out, and if you''re a writer looking for characters, you will find several novels' worth here on any given night of the week. Continue Reading

Chatterbox Pub

Chatterbox Pub-Linden Hills

4501 France Ave. S., Mpls., 612-920-3221

We're so glad the Linden Hills neighborhood now has a place to gather for family game night. Chatterbox is no Chuck E. Cheese or Dave & Busters, it serves creative pub fare, homemade brews, all sorts of fun non-alcoholic drinks for the kiddies, and has a large selection of games to play at your booth. Perfect for a rainy afternoon… or heck, a sunny one. At night, its perfect for friends looking to add a little competition, without the drinking games. Continue Reading

Chatterbox Pub - South Minneapolis

Chatterbox Pub-South Minneapolis

2229 E. 35th St., Mpls., 612-728-9871

The original Chatterbox is a little grittier than its newer counterparts in St. Paul and Linden Hills, but the key elements are all there: homemade brews, classic board games, and, if you're lucky, a spot in front of a Super Nintendo or Atari. Continue Reading

Chatterbox Pub

Chatterbox Pub-St. Paul

800 Cleveland Ave. S., St. Paul, 651-699-1149

A little slicker than the original in Minneapolis (with amenities such as flat-screen TVs) the St. Paul Chatterbox Pub location nevertheless evokes Gen X and Millennial childhoods, with its great selection of board and video games (Battleship, Super Mario Bros.). It also boasts a full menu and bar, which makes it a perfect hangout in the Highland Park neighborhood. Continue Reading

Chiang Mai Thai

Chiang Mai Thai

3001 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., 612-827-1606

Although it’s smack in the middle of Calhoun Square, Chiang Mai manages to feel underground. The low, warm lighting and sinuous layout contribute to the subterranean feel, and the “black market” wine steals during happy hour are another indication that you’ve entered a cultural netherworld populated by smartly garbed Uptowners. Kitsch posters in Thai for classic American films adorn the walls, and when the place’s really kicking, a second bar opens in the back room lounge. Continue Reading

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Chino Latino

2916 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-824-7878

You know it by the gold, sparkling, nameless facade. It’s been open since 2000, and the food, wait staff, and drink names—Orgasmo anyone?—are as hot and sassy as day one. We are constantly giving the place props for the long and generous happy hours (and these days, who doesn't LOVE a happy hour?). Continue Reading

Club NY

10 S. 5th St., Mpls., 612-333-5055

Follow the red carpet and velvet ropes from the 5th Street sidewalk into the historic Lumber Exchange building, drop off your jacket at coat-check, and step past the headset-bearing bouncer to find a posh, three-level nightclub—the kind of club that should garner a chic, young crowd. And at times, it does. Spin owners bring in famous DJs and celeb guests (DJ Skribble, Nick Lachey, Hilary Duff, Lauren Conrad, and P. Diddy have all graced the VIP lounges) but the typical crowd consists of suburban bachelorette parties and just-turned-21 coeds. But if what you’re looking for is pounding dance beats and top-forty remixes, strong (slightly pricey) drinks, scantily clad go-go dancers, and a contemporary club interior (don’t miss the cool fogged-door restrooms), then Club NY's the place to be. If you’re lucky, you’ll nab a spot in the exclusive VIP Red Room, where bottle service and big spenders add cachet to the NY experience.

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Club Underground

Club Underground at the Spring Street Tavern

355 NE Monroe St., Mpls., 612-627-9123

Club Underground might be off of Northeast’s main drags, but the place seems to prefer it that way. If it were too easy to find, after all, it wouldn’t be very underground, would it? Connected with the Spring Street Tavern and located at the corner of Monroe Street and Spring Street, the nondescript building in which it hides only enhances its aura of eclectic iconoclasm. And don’t feel bad if you feel out of step with the crowd, because this is a crowd that prides itself on being out of step. All manner of alternative lifestyles and aesthetic sensibilities are welcome here, and DJs and bands play most every night, often sharing the same stage. If you’re into rockabilly, house, punk, or drum and bass, and are haunted by a vague feeling that you don’t quite fit in anywhere else, chances are you’ll feel slightly less alienated here. Continue Reading