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). A young, stylish crowd gathers for happy hour weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m., and again Sundays through Thursdays from 10 p.m. to close. 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.
Voted Best Bar for Acoustic Music for 2012
Best of Twin Cities
Features: Happy Hour, Late-night Eats, Live Music, Wine Bar
Neighborhood(s): Minneapolis, Uptown
Happy Hour: M-F, 3-6 p.m., Su-Th, 10 p.m.-close