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Great Waters Brewing Company

426 Saint Peter St., St. Paul, 651-224-2739

With great pub food, flavorful hand-crafted beer, and a beautiful patio in downtown St. Paul, Great Waters Brewing Company is an ideal spot to unwind after a hard day’s work. And since its walking distance from Xcel, RiverCentre, Roy Wilkins, and the Ordway, you'll never be too far from the action. Located in the Historic Hamm Building, Great Waters opened its doors in 1997, and has since produced more than 115 different beers, including the Gold Medal–winning Old Bastard Ale. Continue Reading

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Groveland Tap

1834 St. Clair Ave., St. Paul, 651-699-5058

Easily the friendliest beer-and-burger joint in St. Paul’s Mac-Groveland neighborhood, The Groveland Tap is kid-friendly, family-friendly, buddy-friendly, ball-game-friendly—well, you get the idea. Young parents with kids pack the place during the afternoon and dinner hours, but after they’ve left the Tap becomes a great place to unwind, watch a few innings of the Twins game, toss darts, or shoot a rack of pool. They’ve got fourteen different brews on tap, and the full menu of burgers, sandwiches, and appetizers is available until midnight, including the famous Juicy Lucy and its zesty cousin, the Cajun Lucy. Continue Reading

Grumpy's Bar

Grumpy's Bar Downtown

1111 Washington Ave. S., Mpls., 612-340-9738

This Washington Avenue haunt is much like its infamous menu item, the Mac N Cheese Bites: at first, you’re not quite sure what you’re going to get. (How exactly do they get the heterogeneous mixture into perfect little bites?) The crowd is a mix of bikers and pre- and post-game Mauer-jersey–clad Twins fans and Purple People Eaters. The décor is somewhat retro, somewhat divey, with neon beer signs at every turn. But with the oddly jovial staff, full bar, heaping baskets of tater tots, and adjacent karaoke joint, the place grows on you—and the Mac N Cheese Bites are killer. Continue Reading

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Hell's Kitchen

80 9th St. South, Mpls., 612-332-4700

Walking into Hell’s Kitchen, you do feel as though you are underground, because you are—but don’t fret, the atmosphere is friendly. Black is the dominant color here, but there are lively Ralph Steadman drawings on the wall to liven the place up. There is free live music most evenings, and late night shows Thursday-Saturday. Breakfast and late-night dining are where Hell's Kitchen shines. In fact, you can get both on the excellent late-night food menu: the late-night American breakfast and monster caramel roll are favorites. Continue Reading

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Hexagon Bar

2600 27th Ave. S., Mpls., 612-722-3454

Serving up a mean drink since approximately 1932, the Hex has become a hot spot for hipsters and neighborhood regulars alike. Boasting a Surf Night, Country Jam nights, and regular booking of up-and-coming local bands, this dive is as hot for its happy hours as its music. Plus 75-cent pool, dart leagues, meat raffles, and more. Continue Reading

Honey

Honey

205 E. Hennepin Ave, Mpls., 612-746-0306

The smells coming from upstairs at the Asian fusion eatery Ginger Hop are alluring, but the cavalcade of sexy coming from its neighbor below is even more tempting. An underground bar in the vein of hip New York City dance clubs, Honey’s chic, candle-lit lounge is a great place for a first date, a chance encounter, a secret affair, or any other romantic excursion you can think of. Some of the Twin Cities' finest jazz musicians and chanteuses play here, but check the music calendar, because they often start cranking hip-hop and club music after 10 p.m. Continue Reading

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House of Comedy

Mall of America, Bloomington, 952-858-8558

Lightening up the mood on the MOA’s fourth floor since July 2009, the House of Comedy is a solid destination if you’re looking for some laughs with your beverages or if you’re, you know, just bummin’ around the mall at night. And with some big names gracing the marquee, you won’t spend the whole act sipping your drink (the usual stable of beers, wines, and liquors) or spiked milkshake with a raised eyebrow while crickets chirp in the background. Continue Reading

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Hubert's Bar

600 1st Ave N., Mpls., 612-767-2960

Hubert’s is the de facto Twins/Vikings bar, since it’s just a line drive from the Metrodome’s F Gate. In the winter, Vikings fans pour in for a brew or two before the game, and those who couldn’t score tickets (or wanted to save their money for important things, like nachos) stay well into the fourth quarter, drowning their sorrows in PBR. Twins fans get the advantage of the three-season back patio, where they grill up brats and serve oversized cans of domestic and imported beer. Arrive early on game days if you plan on scoring a seat. And a warning: no game tends to equal no crowd, so you might want to get to Hubert’s before the slew of new stadiums are finished. Continue Reading

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Ike's Food and Cocktails

50 S. 6th St., Mpls., 612-746-4537

Ike's Food and Cocktails has been one of our favorite downtown bars since its debut in 2003. With the retro booths, antique wood bar, and memorabilia-clad walls, this supper club–style restaurant is almost out of place among the skyscrapers and modern businesses. Strong drinks, delicious small plates, and some of the best burgers in town make this a great place to congregate with friends. Ike's is also one of the only downtown bars to offer ice cream drinks and shakes. Continue Reading

Jake O'Connor's Public House

Jake O'Connor's Public House

200 Water St., Excelsior, 952-908-9650

This genuine Irish pub was a welcome addition to the small lake suburb of Excelsior. Since its opening in December 2006, Jake O'Connor's has been bustling with patrons of all ages. Owner Dermot Cowley, a native of Ireland, has been in the restaurant industry for most of his life (he also owns O'Donovan's in downtown Minneapolis). His newest venture boasts a menu of traditional and contemporary Irish fare, plus a full bar complete with Irish favorites like Guinness, Smithwick's, and Jameson. If you prefer wine, choose from more than 200 varieties on the impressive list. Jake O'Connor's has an authentic pub ambiance, created from the mahogany-wood bar and other furnishings that were designed in and shipped directly from Ireland.Photo Credit: Sarah Cameron, Acappella Portraits Continue Reading

James Ballentine VFW 246

2916 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-823-6233

You won’t find a more mixed crowd than the one at the Uptown VFW. But if you’re strapped for cash and craving a way to unwind, karaoke at the VFW—Thursday through Sunday nights—is a surefire way to have fun on the cheap. The secret is out, though, so get there early to secure a table. Continue Reading

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Jax Café

1928 University Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-789-7297

One of the oldest bar/restaurants in Minnesota, this classic Midwestern steakhouse has been serving Twin Citians for more than 75 years. The knowledgeable bar staff mix fantastic drinks and the stained-glass windows and wood-paneled walls provide a warm old-world feel. There is ample bar seating, as well as comfortable booths and tables. When the weather allows it, their outdoor patio is complete with a fireplace and running streams. Continue Reading

Jetset

Jetset

215 N. 1st St., Mpls., 612-339-3933

You're in a gay bar in a state that's the unofficial home of 10,000 sports bars. Luckily, this place skips the drag queens, 3-for-1 drinks, and tacky chaos. Continue Reading

Keegan's Irish Pub

16 University Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-252-0880

You don't have to fly to Ireland for an authentic pub experience. 
You don't have to fly to Ireland for an authentic pub experience. With a bar that was constructed in (and transported from) the Irish homeland, a wide selection of Irish brews, whiskeys, and grub, plus the presence of live Irish music, Keegan's is a great spot to find true pub culture. In fact, it's the only Irish Pub Concept (IPC) pub in the state, a guideline developed by Guinness Brewing Company. Keegan's also features twice-a-week trivia games and late-night weekend breakfasts. Continue Reading

Kieran's

Kieran's

600 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-339-4499

One thing's for sure: you'll always feel welcome at this lively downtown bar. Serving up Irish favorites such as Guinness, Jameson, Harp, and Finnegan's, plus a slew of specialty pints such as Black and Tans (Guinness and Smithwicks) and Snakebites (Harp and Cider), Kieran's may be one of the best pubs in the Cities. Need something to munch on with your Guinness? Try some corned beef and cabbage, a shepherd's pie, or Kieran's "world famous" fish and chips. The Irish menu is authentic and extensive. A hot spot during happy hour (the patio attracts a crowd in the summer) and on Vikings and Twins game days, Kieran's is also the place to be in Minneapolis when St. Patrick's Day rolls around. Continue Reading

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King's Wine Bar

4555 Grand Ave. South, Mpls., 612-354-7928

Nestled in the Kingfield neighborhood, one of King’s biggest draws is that it features happy hour everyday from 3 to 6 p.m. The dark wood interior and white Ikea furniture make for a clean, almost antiseptic atmosphere, but you won’t be disappointed with their carefully chosen craft beers and lengthy wine list. Plenty of local brews are on tap, as well as some interesting international brews, and the wine list is quite lengthy and sophisticated. If you want to know more about the wine you're about to order, whip out your phone and check their website: all their wine offerings are explained there in impressive detail. Surprisingly, they also have a great selection of sakes. Continue Reading

Kip's Irish Pub

Kip's Irish Pub

9970 Wayzata Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-367-5070

Kip’s wanted authenticity—so they had their interior built in Dublin, disassembled, shipped over, and reassembled by four Irishmen and one Irishwoman. The results are several beautiful rooms of wood and stone, adorned with whiskey barrels, a hand-painted ceiling map of Ireland, and, above the bar, a large copper keeve of the sort used for brewing spirits. As Kip’s sits adjacent to the Marriott in St. Louis Park, its clientele is about half hotel guests and half anyone interested in sipping some Jameson or Smithwick’s in a hospitable setting, especially during the twice-nightly happy hours or when live music’s playing. Continue Reading

Kitty Cat Klub

Kitty Cat Klub

315 14th Ave. SE, Mpls., 612-331-9800

Dinkytown is synonymous with beer specials and wings, not hip, sprawling lounges, the likes of which you really only see when venturing as far west as the sea. So when you're at Kitty Cat, order a Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale, a twenty-two-ounce Sapporo, or a PBR in a can, along with an infamous burger—imported from the upstairs Annie's Parlor—and take note of the bohemia-meets-Montmarte décor, with dusty framed paintings, mobile lighting, and exposed stone infrastructure. You'll be equally taken in by the groove of the interconnecting spaces as by the connection going on between bohemian college kids soaking up the free Wi-Fi and BMW-driving boomers scattered about in singles, pairs, and groups. And when the live music—based on the night, it could be jazz, acoustic, rock, electronic, even rockabilly—begins on the café stage nightly, take a cue, kick back, and try a Delirium Tremens or Chimay for a change of beer pace. Continue Reading

Knight Cap Lounge

1500 4th St. NE, Mpls., 612-789-5233

Home of the meat raffle and Tuesday bingo, the Knight Cap is through and through a neighborhood, corner bar. Not a place to see and be seen, the bar has an air of Blue Velvet about it. Women in baggy sweaters debate taxation (conclusion: “we’re getting screwed”), a peanut gallery of middle-aged men discuss every Clash, Tom Waits, and Tom Petty song that plays, and three screens of football act as fixtures at the Knight Cap. Bud light, Coors light, and a Summit Extra Pale Ale are on tap waiting to be paired with some seriously fried onion rings or corn dogs. Don’t let the regulars scare you, they’re all there for the same reason you are: to unwind after the nine-to-five. Continue Reading

La Belle Vie

La Belle Vie

510 Groveland Ave., Mpls., 612-874-6440

At once perfectly sophisticated—with low-lit crystal chandeliers and chaise lounges—and put-your-feet-up cool—with unpretentious bar menu and old-school cocktails list—the bar at La Belle Vie is the perfect place to celebrate your beautiful life together. Try Chef de Cuisine, Michael DeCamp's fare, and make sure to share a selection from Bill Summerville's wine list. Continue Reading

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LAB Theater

700 North 1st Street, Minneapolis, 612-333-7977

The LAB Theater is a 6,000 square-foot warehouse, originally built by The Guthrie Theater as a "laboratory" space for experimental and unique works. 20-some odd years later, the theater has become home to a number of independent productions, ranging from live theatre, concerts, the Minnesota Fringe Festival, cabaret and elaborate full-scale theatrical productions. Located in the trendy Warehouse District/North Loop neighborhood of downtown, it is a perfect venue for audiences seeking bold new theatre and dynamic sightlines, seating and comfort. Continue Reading

Lee's Liquor Lounge

101 Glenwood Ave. N., Mpls., 612-338-9491

Cheap retro at its best, Lee’s offers lots of bang for your buck, with free live, local country, rockabilly, and pop bands Monday through Thursday and cheap covers—and beer—on weekends. Oh, and a GLBT barn dance every Sunday. Continue Reading

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Legends Bar and Grill

825 Hennepin Ave. E., Mpls., 612-331-8781

This Northeast haunt is a good casual place to gather with friends over a beer or take advantage of regular drink specials. The unassuming ground floor of Legends features a circular bar, and tables in the restaurant and bar area serve up standard bar fare. Those who are there for the nightlife head down to the remodeled basement, where a separate bar serves those looking to get a little rowdy, and pool tables are there to entertain them. The downstairs area does not have much in common with the quiet upstairs, but that’s where you’ll find high-decibel top-40 music and Legends’ semi-legendary karaoke stage. Continue Reading

Liquor Lyle's

2021 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., 612-870-8183

Come for the beer, stay for the breakfast (where you can get more beer!). Lyle's, which refers to itself as a “world-famous dive bar” is the appropriate beginning to any decent Uptown Bar crawl, with the limitless 2-4-1s starting every night promptly at 9 p.m. Whether you sidle up to the bar or slink into one of the red-pleather booths, you’ll find yourself surrounded by the usual Uptown crowd—hipsters, ne’er-do-wells, and preps who like to pretend they are hipsters and ne'er-do-wells on the weekends. Note: Don’t be put off by the retro-punk dive-bar persona—all are welcome. Continue Reading

Lone Tree & The Annex

528 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-338-1730

Young bargoers love the Lone Tree & The Annex for the free-drink happy hours on Friday and Saturday nights.  And with two very different clubs under one roof, there's something for everyone: food, TV, and a more laid-back crowd upstairs at the Lone Tree, and a wilder group of  shoulder-to-shoulder dancers downstairs in The Annex.  Music ranges from Top-40 to hip-hop to classic '80s hits. Check out The Annex's new Liquid Lounge, an upscale VIP section with bottle service, custom lighting displays, comfortable seating, and a private bar. Continue Reading