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Toast Wine Bar

415 N. 1st St., Mpls., 612-333-4305

The smallish, L-shaped wine bar is close, but not cramped. The list has some interesting choices, with a few things you haven’t heard of or tried before. The bar staff is great and helps pair wines with the food. The menu is limited, but there is an extensive crostini selection. The ingredients are fresh and well-chosen. Continue Reading

W.A. Frost

W.A. Frost

374 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-224-5715

You met in one of Grand Avenue's crowded coed-dominated bars more than twenty years ago—he was fresh out of St. Thomas business school and you were a fledgling philosophy student at Macalester. Now your nights out don't have to be about the noise and crowds—a cocktail and conversation, coupled with some of the Twin Cities' best bar bites, is enough to rouse you from your Highland Park home. Luckily, St. Paulites have one of the Cities' classiest, coziest institutions at their fingertips. What you'll find: Other couples out for a quiet night, wine and premium cocktails, cheese plates and escargots, plush booths, a carved oak interior, and soft lighting. The perfect ingredients to create your own heat. What you won't find: Twentysomethings who have had one too many. Continue Reading

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Bar La Grassa

800 N. Washington Ave., Mpls., 612-333-3837

Sister restaurant to the delicious 112 Eatery, this award-winning restaurant/bar is buzzing with life in an open-concept, warehouse-district space that features brick walls, wood paneling, and elegant wine-rack partitions. It’s like sitting in a chic wine cellar with people who know their grapes. And they do, so ask for recommendations. There's a large selection of wines by the glass, in addition to the full bar. A wide array of inventive antipasti and bruschetta can also be snacked upon. For a special treat, try the soft eggs and lobster bruschetta. Sounds weird, but it's great, trust us. Continue Reading

Bev's Wine Bar

250 3rd Ave. N., Mpls., 612-337-0102

Tucked away in the Warehouse District, this spot is classier than many of its neighbors and carries a wide array of bottles for the choosey wine lover. Food here isn’t the main draw—the menu is small, but works well with the wine selection and includes cheese plates and other wine-friendly appetizers. Sit outside on the patio and enjoy the weather while you can, but beware the often heavy and loud local traffic. Continue Reading

Beaujo's Wine Bar

4950 France Ave. S., Mpls., 952-922-8974

Beaujo’s is casual, fun, and slightly hip. There tend to be a lot of ladies, which could bode well for smart men who like wine. It’s small, but not cramped, and the food is as good as the service is friendly. Beaujo’s offers half-glass pours, so you can try several wines. The menu is restaurant-style, meaning short in small plates and items built for sharing. The wine list is basic with a few gems so ask for a recommendation. This is one of the most expensive wine bars in town, but consider the neighborhood. Continue Reading

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Cosmos

601 First. Ave. N, Mpls., 612-312-1168

Housed in the Graves 601 Hotel on the second floor, this sleek contemporary bar features a wall of liquor bottles that will have you reaching for an extensive list of specialty cocktails and martinis. The downtown vibe invites dressed-up locals and guests alike. Warm wood, carefully adjusted mood lighting, and candlelight in the seating areas all make intimate conversations possible. At the same time, the large space is great for a group event. The bar is connected to a restaurant by the same name, but it feels like a separate place altogether. 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

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

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

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The News Room

990 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-343-0073

A great place for a quick drink with your coworkers, this newspaper-inspired restaurant is one of the best-decorated downtown spots. The walls are covered with blown-up black and white news articles, and each room is organized by section (Business, Sports, Entertainment, etc.). Select tabletops hold old wooden-type letters, and the center bar is constructed to look like an old ship, complete with a newspaper-reading mermaid at the front. With a wide selection of beers, wines, and appetizers, it's no surprise that happy hour is usually hopping. Stay for dinner and choose from a full menu of pastas, sandwiches, soups, and salads. Continue Reading

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Al Vento (Wine Bar)

5001 34th Ave S, Mpls., 612-724-3009

The candlelight in this South Minneapolis Italian cucina creates a golden glow that'll remind you of Tuscany, and its extensive list of Italian red wines will get you that much closer. At the bar, you can snack on bruschetta while you while sipping a glass of red, or go for a designer pizza—the smoked salmon and goat cheese, perhaps. Continue Reading

Bank

Bank

88 S. 6th St., Mpls., 612-656-3255

Though the vault at the old Farmers & Mechanics Bank on 6th and Marquette now holds wine, the lobby, reincarnated as Bank Restaurant and Bar, is still filled with money. Bank's booths and lush couches cater to a crowd that loves to hit happy hour after a long day of wheeling and dealing, but doesn't need the drink specials or free buffet. Instead, the business class comes in for mojitos, cosmopolitans, and martinis that don't skimp on the top-shelf liquors and that are—at $10 a pop—a relative steal. 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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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

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

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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

Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010

Now that locals and tourists can actually find the Twin Cities' top jazz club, don't be surprised if you swing by for a nightcap only to be turned away by a packed house. The handsome warm-wood-and-exposed-brick interior, superb American wine list, and bargain happy hour grub draw a sophisticated after-work and late-night crowd in addition to the jazz aficionados who've been coming to the Dakota for decades. Owner Lowell Pickett lures national names early in the week and local favorites on weekends. So slide into a banquette early, order a glass of red, and await the show in what is arguably one of the country's best jazz venues. Continue Reading

Barbette

Barbette

1600 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-827-5710

This lively Bohemian bistro may be best known for its simple French fare, including, of course, its salade Niçoise. But it's also great for after-work cocktails or late-night eats. The hip atmosphere fits right in with its Uptown location. Brightly colored decorations and framed photos of old circus acts reflect the reason behind the restaurant's name (Barbette was a famous circus aerialist in the early 1900s). An extensive wine list is available (and easily paired with Barbette's fabulous fare), plus a full bar. Come early on Wednesdays to grab a seat for the free late-night music series. Continue Reading

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318 Café

318 Water St., Excelsior, 952-401-7902

While it's a café/coffee bar by day, Excelsior's 318 is a lively music venue and wine bar by night. Local and national artists play music in the intimate 54-seat setting every Wednesday through Saturday. If you're searching for a cozy spot outside the Cities with consistently great made-from-scratch food, a good wine selection, and top musicians, 318 is your answer. Continue Reading

Bar Lurcat

Bar Lurcat

1624 Harmon Pl., Mpls., 612-486-5500

The hipster clientele wandered down the block to Nick and Eddie, leaving the groups of ladies from the Hills and the Lakes to gossip and giggle among the foodies and downtowners who mingle around the curved bar—there for the edgy comfort food and Italian–rustic-meets-Italian–contemporary décor. While the bar still attracts plenty of groups, the wall of windows and view of Loring Park makes for one of the most romantic settings in town. 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

Loring Pasta Bar

Loring Pasta Bar

327 14th Ave. SE, Mpls., 612-378-4849

The Loring Pasta Bar is both a great place to eat and, as the evening unwinds, an even better place to drink fine wine, listen to music, and dance until your feet are numb. The Loring feels like an extremely cool Italian bistro run by an eccentric genius, and the food is as creative as the décor. It has the most interesting bathrooms in town as well, so be sure to excuse yourself at least once and have a look at what a little imagination and taste can do. Continue Reading