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.
Prime time: Draws a solid after-work and nighttime crowd.
Try the: Classic cocktails and single-malt scotches.
Crowd: Sophisticated couples and friends looking for a place where they feel comfortable—whether in Brooks Brothers or J. Crew.
Late-night bite: The cheese plates.
Don't be surprised if . . . you become a regular.