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Otter Saloon

Otter's Saloon

617 Central Ave. SE, Mpls., 612-331-4169

Karaoke in a tiny neighborhood bar is a hazard—everyone just might know your name, so you can’t sink into relative obscurity after a particularly bad melody mangling—but it’s also a boon. After all, there’s plenty of moral support at the Otter because patrons know that by stepping through this Northeast bar’s doors on any given night, they’re going to hear a range of talent. It’s OK if you can’t find middle C. The audience might not be able to either—and they’ll love you anyway. Continue Reading

Palmer's Bar

500 Cedar Ave. S.,, Mpls., 612-333-7625

Thank goodness for Palmer’s. This misshapen, rough-around-the-edges West Bank staple hasn’t changed in decades, and we like it that way. Located in the Seven Corners neighborhood, Palmer’s welcomes all serious drinkers, from middle-aged Blues enthusiasts after a show at the Cedar next door, to the construction worker, to young, raucous U of M students blowing off steam. The bartenders don’t mince words, the drinks are strong, and the patio is a guaranteed good time, even in the winter. You can buy a pack of peanuts or a couple Slim Jims, but you’d be better off sticking to drinks and gossiping with the bartenders and eclectic cast of regulars. Continue Reading

Park Tavern

3401 Louisiana Ave. S., Mpls., 952-929-6810

An apocryphal tale claims that St. Louis Park’s Park Tavern provided inspiration for Ethan and Joel Coen’s The Big Lebowski—and indeed, you can imagine Gary the Bartender offering up his sympathies from behind the alley bar to any of the myriad personalities who come by for a pint, or just to roll. More than a bowling alley, the Tavern offers a dining room with a bar, and yet a third bar with darts and billiards in the appropriately-named eleventh frame. Nightly specials—including free bowling Monday nights and a bargain happy hour—keep the place hopping all week long. Continue Reading

Missy Kissling behind the bar at Parlour


730 N. Washington Ave., Mpls., 612-354-3135

Lead barman Jesse Held shakes up heritage liqueurs, house made syrups, and top-notch service in Borough's downstairs cocktail den. The burger ain't bad either. Continue Reading

Patrick McGovern's

Patrick McGovern's

225 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-224-5821

Patrick McGovern’s is the kind of place where you have to fight for a drink. The upstairs gets PACKED with Wild fans and concertgoers who have made McGovern’s the Mecca of pre- and post-Xcel event rowdiness. Bartenders and servers are often overwhelmed, and the imported tap beers and bottles of whiskey have been known to run dry on the busiest nights. But if you’re looking for a crowd—the kind of place where any open space can turn into a makeshift dance floor past midnight, and inebriated guys in Wild jerseys pass out wedding proposals along with free shots—McGovern’s is the place. If you want a more peaceful pub scene, check the Xcel’s event calendar before heading out; on off nights, McGovern’s is just another neighborhood Irish pub. Continue Reading

Plum's Neighborhood Bar & Grille

480 Snelling Ave. S., St. Paul, 651-699-2227

A favorite hangout for the college crowd (St. Kate’s, Macalaster, and St. Thomas are all within a mile radius), Plum’s usually has a line flowing out the door on Thursdays through Saturdays when school is in session. Things slow down considerably in the summer, though the patio scene attracts its share of summer-schoolers. Saturdays are DJ night, and mainstream rock from various decades is usually the playlist of choice, but local rock bands play there occasionally as well. The décor features plenty of wood, a few booths, and mostly small bar tables. Burgers and sandwiches are available in all the familiar configurations, and the beer and drink selection is adequate to wash it all down, but not much more. Continue Reading


Pracna on Main

117 SE Main St., Mpls., 612-379-3200

Pracna on Main bills itself as the "oldest continuously running restaurant on the oldest street in Minneapolis,” and it’s one of the best places to enjoy a spectacular view of the Mississippi River. Sip a cocktail outside on the cobblestone sidewalk while taking in the vitality of St. Anthony Main in the summertime. Head inside when the weather is cold to warm up with an appetizer, such as Pracna’s signature baby corn dogs, or one of the twenty beers on tap. The cozy atmosphere, dark wooden bar, and historic photos will bring you back to a time when riverfront life was much simpler. Continue Reading



821 Marquette Ave S, Mpls., 612-597-2413

Feeling swanky? Head up to the 27th floor at the Foshay, and you'll be in good company. Pink sconce lighting guides your way into the nooks and crannies of this dimly lit, modern-chic bar. Don't forget your suit and tie, or stilettos and micro-mini dress. Drinks can be on the expensive side individually, but Prohibition also invites its clientele to spread the love. Some drinks on the menu are meant to be shared with two or more people, and always get a reaction when they bubble and fog up with dry ice. Continue Reading

Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge

Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge

1900 NE Marshall St., Mpls., 612-788-9069

Tropical décor, tropical drinks, beers you’ve never heard of, and a full menu until 1:20 a.m., make this kitschy Northeast tiki joint as comfortable as a beach shirt and a pair of flip-flops. It’s dark and always packed inside, but don’t let that deter you: There aren’t many places in town that have more character than this huge converted church space, or more tatooed pin-up attitude. And during the summer, Psycho Suzi’s sprawling patio along a quiet stretch of Mississippi is as good as it gets. Continue Reading

Red Stag Supperclub

Red Stag Supperclub

509 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-767-7766

If you're looking for a place to take your in-laws from Wisconsin and your card-carrying Green Peace sister, Red Stag should have you covered. As a "Supper Club," it harkens back to a time when we didn't worry about carbon footprints or where our food was coming from, but as the first Gold LEED-certified restaurant and bar in Minnesota, it respects our earth and the times that we live in. But what really matters, as a bar patron, is that the space looks great—carved wood bar, red and black carpet, low beams, an interesting montage of art (most of it salvaged and reused)—and the drinks are everything you would expect at a supper club. Continue Reading


Redstone Grill

8000 Eden Rd., Eden Prairie, 952-903-9500

Don't mistake the scene at Redstone's suburban outposts as desperate. The women are Botoxed and the men brag about their money, but it is still the place for the suburban over-forty to find love. Or at least love for the night. Eden Prairie's raucous seen-and-be-seen mix of quixotic babes and boys from the boardroom creates the decor, and decoration is frivolous. Though at times a bit manic, it's suburbia's hottest scene. Continue Reading

Republic at 7 Corners

221 Cedar Ave. S, Mpls., 612-338-6146

The rustic-chic atmosphere of Republic attracts the graduate and law-school set from the nearby university, as well as the theater and music crowd. And the food attracts pretty much everyone. Set inside a century-old brick building, Republic adds stained-glass windows featuring flowers of Canada and stuffed heads of bears, bucks, and moose to keep the place whimsical and masculine all at once. The menu steers clear of the furry creatures on the wall, offering instead a hip, substantial mix of burgers, mussels, fish tacos, and other gastro-pub standards. To fit in, pair your order up with a local beer and start discussing transactional law or postcolonial performance theory. Continue Reading

Restaurant Alma

528 University Ave SE, Mpls., 612-379-4909

Led by head chef and Brasa owner Alexander Roberts, Alma offers neighborhood chic dining in an airy, modern space. Known for their seasonal tasting menus that make good use of local ingredients, and their extensive wine list, Alma is a classy place to take a date or pop in for a casual drink. A caveat: the wine bar is only available for waiting diners on crowded nights, but making a meal of it a Alma wouldn’t be the worst idea you ever had. Continue Reading

Restaurant Max

215 S. 4th St., Mpls., 612-340-2000

There's something sexy about Restaurant Max. Maybe it's the fuchsia glow coming from the futuristic, artsy pods that surround large marble columns left over from the space's former life as a bank. Maybe it's the cute, young waitstaff who have smiles that can wipe away the stress of a long downtown day. Maybe its the addictive tangy-sweet flatbreads or the cute professionals who plop down in the lush seating. Whatever it is, the bar at Restaurant Max has given that nightlife-deprived section of downtown Minneapolis something to get excited about. Continue Reading

Rock Bottom Brewery

Rock Bottom Brewery

825 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-332-2739

Located on Hennepin Avenue in the middle of the theater district, Rock Bottom Brewery is a popular happy-hour spot for both the after-work crowd and the pre-theater crowd. Getting a seat on Friday evening is next to impossible, but there are plenty of pool tables to hang around in back, and the servers will track you down wherever you decide to plant your feet. For drinkers, the main draw is the beer, micro-brewed onsite in varying levels of transparency and heft. All are more interesting than the suds on tap at most places in town, and the eats you can order with them (it’s also a full-service restaurant) are tasty as well, with no skimping on portions. The décor is standard-issue corporate brew-pub, but the atmosphere is friendly, and if you’re headed to the State, Orpheum, or Pantages theaters, the location couldn’t be more convenient. Continue Reading

Rouge at the Lounge

411 2nd Ave. N., Mpls., 612-333-8800

A lush and cozy couch-filled interior, exotic animal skin accents, and velvet pillows have made Rouge the lexicon of cool for more than a decade, attracting the beautiful people, the best DJs, and even Prince. It’s a shame it’s so dark—you have to squint to see the pretty people as they sip fancy ’tails and dance to the global sound of the rotating DJs. Continue Reading


107 N. Washington Ave.,, Mpls., 612-332-7158

Located in the North Loop of Minneapolis, this quiet sports bar is the sort of traditional, non-descript establishment you can find in any city in America. Continue Reading


Salut Bar Americain

917 Grand Ave, St. Paul, 651-917-2345

Approchez-vous Grand Avenue for a taste of ze French life! Decorated with frogs and curly mustaches, Salut is the perfect place to sit down with a glass of wine and order Le Cheeseburger Royale. Sit down at ze Frog Bar for some hearty meat dining and a wide variety of wines and beers. The summer patio scene is one of the best in St. Paul, with plenty of umbrellas and twinkle lights to create that distinctive piazza-like atmosphere. Continue Reading


Seven the Steakhouse

700 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-238-7777

The stylish and sexy Seven Sushi (above the sleek Seven the Steakhouse) has become a haven for the TC elite who are looking for a place that everyone else hasn't found—yet. Seven also has one of downtown's best patio scenes, complete with a fabulous rooftop view of the skyline. Don't go for the sushi, go for the scene. Continue Reading

Sneaky Pete's

14 N. 5th St., Mpls., 612-333-8820

When watching MTV no longer fulfills and you’re looking for the closest thing in real life to a music video, Sneaky Pete’s awaits, dance floor packed, poles erected, booties being shaken on the bar. The staff tries to maintain a vibe of beach-chic sexy and friendly, Dionysian fun. A disco ball keeps it dizzy, and when live bands aren’t rocking the place, DJs are mixing it up from the booth. Continue Reading

Social House

2919 Hennepin Ave, Mpls., 612-824-6300

Orange backlighting and Japanese lanterns are the inspiration for this new Uptown bar and sushi lounge. Sit at a table, the bar, or comfortable lounge couches as you enjoy one of the specialty mojitos, some sake, or whichever form of sushi you prefer. Relaxing and dignified, Social House has all the hand-crafted cocktails and exotic appetizers you didn't know you were craving. Continue Reading



900 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-338-0062

Enjoy plates of Chef Jorge Guzman's tapas with queso, grilled pork sausage, and beef pintxos at this Hennepin Theatre District art nouveau bar and the rooftop patio. Seemingly bereft of any sharp angles, the flowy design is ornamented with tile mosaic on the tables and the floor. And, if you do tire of undulating to whichever DJ is tucked away in the corner and need a late-night pit stop, you won't be forced to go to Block E. In the summer, don't miss the rooftop bar that hosts DJs, movies, and more. Continue Reading

Spill the Wine

901 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-339-3388

Spill the Wine has relocated to Lake Street, with raw reclaimed wood inside and out for a cozy, classed-up atmosphere Uptown. The interior features a full service dining room and wine bar on one side, and a comfortable lounge area with a wine wall-display on the other. With the relaxed ambiance, small plate menu, and affordable wine flights, this locale is a becoming a popular pick for happy hour goers. Continue Reading

Stella's Fish Cafe

1400 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-824-8862

Shimmy up to the raw bar for fresh oysters and ceviche, or take a seat at the regular bar for two-for-one cocktails during a twice-nightly happy hour. Stella's is more than a fish cafe. It's a top destination for young nine-to-fivers looking to unwind, especially on temperate nights when the slow-moving elevator brings patrons up to a beautiful rooftop deck. Come nightfall, the clientele gets younger and the bar more crowded, but Stella's remains a relaxed place to schmooze over seafood and spirits. Continue Reading

Stub & Herbs

227 SE Oak St, Mpls., 612-379-0555

A staple of the University of Minnesota town scene, Stub & Herbs has been serving up pitchers of beer and above-average bar fare for over 70 years. The recently graduated, the Gopher-rooting family, and the neighborhood’s young and restless can all be found enjoying a noisy, relaxed night here. Continue Reading