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Loon Cafe

Loon Cafe

506 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-332-8342

“Loon soon!” is code for “Let’s grab happy hour” to many 1st Ave. workers. Of the slew of 1st Ave./Warehouse District bars, this bar draws the most urban crowd—but Playboy did rate it one of the best singles bars in the country, so that tells you a little about the scene. On the other hand, former Chicago Bears QB Jim McMahon told Newsweek that the Loon serves “The Chili of Champions.” We’re not really sure what that’s supposed to tell you—but if you’re one of the singles, it might help to stay away from the chili. 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

Lucia's Wine Bar

Lucia's Wine Bar

1432 W. 31st St., Mpls., 612-825-1572

When you walk into Lucia’s, it feels familiar and welcoming, warm and inviting. Tables are close-set, the music is right, the lighting is just enough. Lucia’s offers six whites and six reds in a three- or six-ounce pour, as well as by the bottle. The wine list is simple, well thought out, and changes often. It is rich in unfamiliar labels, the majority from vineyards that practice sustainable farming and use organic methods. The same goes for the menu, which supports local growers, organic produce, and natural meats. Continue Reading

Lush Food Bar

990 Central Ave., Minneapolis,

Don’t let the name fool you—they’re not encouraging you to pound the drinks and get crazy. Instead, Lush Food Bar offers a more relaxed, “luscious” experience. With 24-foot ceilings, this garage turned gay bar offers a spacious feel. And the three once-garage doors are now giant windows, one of which still opens, letting fresh air in during the summer. Stainless steel tables, maple booths and a large marble bar give this sleek venue a modern industrial feel. Continue Reading

MacKenzie

MacKenzie

918 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-333-7268

Spending the night in the Hennepin Theatre District? Those in-the-know head to this Scottish pub, where you can often find actors and performers unwinding over the ever-changing imported beers and a game of pool. Plus it's a pretty convenient place to head for a drink during intermission. Continue Reading

Mac's Industrial Sports Bar

Mac's Industrial Sports Bar

312 Central Ave. SE, Mpls., 612-379-3379

Mac’s is a protean place—part jukebox watering hole, part sports bar—and with Surly and Rush River microbrews on tap—part haven for beer aficionados. At Mac’s, all these folks squeeze into a relatively cozy space, so be careful walking around or someone might poke you with a pool cue, or you might catch an elbow from a Big Buck Hunter addict. It’s best to find a seat and schmooze at the wide island bar with cheery locals or the Aveda girls getting out of class. Continue Reading

Majors Sports Cafe

Majors Sports Cafe

8307 Normandale Boulevard, Bloomington, 952-835-8308

Majors is a national sports bar chain with suburban tendencies whose scattered, sterile locales surround the Twin Cities like the beginnings of an all-too-devious Poisson distribution. Pleasant employees try, but betray a cog-in-the-system interchangeability. Still, if you’re looking for great drink deals and want to scratch at pull-tabs, you’ll find all you need at Majors. Continue Reading

Manny's Steak House

Manny's Steak House

821 Marquette Ave., Mpls., 612-339-9000

A little disclaimer: We are at no point suggesting you can actually snag a spot at this wildly popular bar inside the wildly popular steak house in one of the TC's hottest hotels. There are only a handful of stools, since the bar's main function is to shake up some of the best martinis in town for people smart enough to grab a reservation for dinner. But if you are lucky enough to score a seat on a Friday or Saturday night, you are in for quite a treat. Continue Reading

Mario's Keller Bar at Gasthof

2300 University Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-781- 3860

If your definition of charm isn’t sausage-eating men in lederhosen or yodeling blondes in dirndl, check your coat at the door of Gastof's and head downstairs. Mario’s Keller Bar, in the basement of Gasthof zur Gemütlichkeit, serves up an array of southern German beer staples by the half liter, liter, or two-liter “boot.” This is the only place in town where you can pop a snuff board, drink from a boot, and swig apple schnapps while dancing to polka in the early evening and hard, sometimes very alternative rock after midnight. Continue Reading

Bartender Pip Hanson at Marvel Bar

Marvel Bar

50 N. 2nd Ave., Mpls., 612-206-3929

Wander down the back stairs and find a dimly-lit temple to the cocktail gods. Continue Reading

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Masa

1070 Nicollet Ave, Mpls., 612-338-6272

The crisp white and orange glow inside this downtown contemporary Mexican restaurant is an unexpected gift from the D’Amico group. The bar is located off the dining room in a pleasant space perfect for sipping a margarita or, if you want to go more authentic, any of several premium blue agave tequilas. The margarita options are refreshing, as are the cocktails especiales. Watch the flat screen at the bar or drink with friends at a side table, and enjoy the dressed up Mexican ambiance. Continue Reading

Matt's Bar

Matt's Bar

3500 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls., 612-722-7072

Matt’s Bar has only one claim to fame: According to legend, it in this establishment’s hallowed kitchen that the famous cheese-stuffed ode to arteriosclerosis known as the Jucy Lucy hamburger was invented (and yes, that’s how they spell “Juicy.”) Indeed, Matt’s official motto is: “Fear the cheese!” For this reason, and this reason only, Matt’s has become a south Minneapolis icon, a place where late-night carnivores gather to sample the original JL and swig it down with a pitcher of MGD or Bud. Inside, Matt’s is a bar that looks like it was furnished in the Twilight Zone, with red naugahyde booths, fat-cushion bar stools, cafeteria-style tables, plenty of neon beer signs, and a plastic mustard squirter at every table. Beer and food is all they serve, and it’s one of the cheapest places in town—so go hungry and go with friends, if only so that you can say that you too have visited this historic gastronomical landmark. Continue Reading

Mayslack's

1428 NE 4th St., Mpls., 612-789-9862

A dive bar is a dive bar is a dive bar, unless it’s Mayslack’s. In 1955, former professional wrestler Stan Myslajek started serving what has become the establishment’s legendary roast beef sandwich. If the taste doesn’t do it for you, then you’ll be satisfied with what lifting it can do for your physique. Take your friends and disappear into one of the many cavernous wooden booths, or come for the meat raffles every Wednesday and Saturday. A popular hangout for young, irony-tinged Northeast locals, Mayslack’s turns its small stage over to area musicians on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday—often with a cover—and trivia every Wednesday. Continue Reading

McCoy's Public House

McCoy's Public House

3801 Grand Way, St. Louis Park, 952-224-9494

McCoy’s is sleek and pretty. It has a sleek, pretty bar in a sleek, pretty room filled with sleek, pretty professionals who occupy the shiny condos on Excelsior and Grand. The crowd is also pretty tame, made up mostly of people grabbing a drink after work—or on the weekends, those who wanted to get dressed up for downtown but decide to skip the cab ride. The drinks and appetizers are pretty standard pub fare, the highlights being the five house brews from McCoy’s original Kansas City location and a raspberry-infused vodka. Continue Reading

Minnesota Music Cafe

499 Payne Ave., St. Paul, 651-776-4699

Your blues and soul headquarters. This venue, decked out with Minnesota music memorabilia, hosts performances seven nights a week. Continue Reading

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Minnetonka Center For The Arts

2240 North Shore Drive, Wayzata, 952-473-7361, ext. 16

In the belief that the visual arts are indispensable to a healthy community, it is the mission of the Minnetonka Center for the Arts to provide teaching excellence, quality exhibitions and cultural enrichment for people of all ages, interests and abilities. Continue Reading

Monte Carlo Bar & Cafe

Monte Carlo

219 Third Ave. N., Mpls., 612-333-5900

The Monte Carlo is one of the oldest establishments in Minneapolis’s warehouse district, and it wears its vintage status with pride. The bar is old-school copper-and-brass, the back wall is nothing but liquor bottles stacked to the ceiling, and photos of famous people and local celebs who have dined and drunk there are everywhere. A favorite of the after-work business set, the atmosphere in the bar tends to be one of civilized fun. Just about anyone can hoist a few here in comfort and class, and the bartenders are especially well known for their martinis, of which they have an impressive variety. Continue Reading

Mortimer's

2001 Lyndale Ave. S, Mpls., 612-872-1688

Mortimer's is a no-nonsense, working-man's bar with cheap, strong drinks and not a whole lot else. It's a dive bar, pure and simple, especially if what you want to dive into is a spirited game of foosball, darts, or other arcade games. Although it has a large bar and a dining-room the space, it fills up easily on the weekends. You've gotta love a place that has $1.50 shots at the top of each hour past 10 p.m. Unless you don't like that sort of place at all, in which case Mortimer's is not for you. Continue Reading

Moscow on the Hill

Moscow on the Hill

371 Selby Ave, St. Paul, 651-291-1236

Nostalgic for the Old Country? Located in the shadow of the elegant St. Paul Cathedral, Moscow on the Hill offers all the best of Eastern European dining: borscht, vareniki, caviar, and, of course, crisp, smooth vodkas to lighten the meal in a lively atmosphere (don’t miss the accordion music on Friday and Saturday night). Head to the funky, eclectically outfitted lounge side for a drink. Try their house-recipe, horseradish-infused vodka distilled in Wisconsin, but don’t be surprised to find yourself tempted by the food. Continue Reading

Moto-i

Moto-i

2940 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-821-6262

From the owner of the Herkimer comes the first sake brewpub outside of Japan. Made in house, the delicious sake (served cold, hot sake is for amateurs) is a bonus to the bar's sleek design, hip Uptown crowd, and a menu that is filled with fantastic Asia street food ranging from $2-$12. The perfect place to sip (try the tasting menu if you are new to sake) and nibble the night away. Continue Reading

Nomad World Pub

501 Cedar Ave. S, Mpls., 612-338-6424

Man’s best friend deserves a night out too. And the laid-back folks at Nomad welcome you and your (leashed) dogs any night. The scene varies from night to night, depending on the musical act, but it doesn’t stray too far from its hippie-organic, soccer-appreciating, bocce ball-playing soul. A lot of good vibrations and sincere, save-the-world sentiments get expressed here, to knowing nods. So leash up the dog, throw on your soccer jersey, and try some beer from their long list of options. Continue Reading

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Northeast Social

359 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-877-8111

Settling into a seat at the Northeast Social feels like settling into an old leather chair: comfortable, classic, and inviting. The dark green hues, low lights, distorted portraits on the wall, clean interior and low-key-yet-classy atmosphere make the place feel like a contemporary hideout for the Victorian crowd. The Northeast Social lives up to its name, as it is a perfect place for an intimate evening with no distractions. Music pipes quietly out of the stereo, just enough to provide some background beats without ever overpowering the conversation. The patrons are a mix of ages and styles, and the friendly staff welcomes all. The menu offers a modest selection of seasonal, contemporary American dishes with European influences, making the Northeast ideal for a dinner date or appetizers and a drink. The Northeast serves quality beers and hard-to-find wines–no liquor–and for the teetotalers, there are Orangina and Mexican Coke (you know, the kind with real cane sugar) among other unusual and tasty selections. Continue Reading

Nye's Polonaise Room

Nye's Polonaise

112 Hennepin Ave. E., Mpls., 612-379-2021

There is someone wandering the streets of Nordeast, holding a copy of Esquire's 2006 edition of Best Bars in America, looking for the beautiful, brightly emblazoned sign reading Nye's Polonaise, a holy marker of what a bar should be. This place, they expect, will change their lives. They'll find hope in a lackluster nightlife scene. They'll find originality among the cookie-cutter culture of clubs. But, of course, in reality they will find a half-supper club/half-dive-bar concoction where patrons of just about every age, make, and model ignore the Formica tables and flowered carpet for the sounds of Ruth Adams' Most Dangerous Polka Band. This person, Esquire in hand, will find themselves looking quizzically around the room, along with other first-time patrons, asking himself, "This is the infamous Nye's?" Yes, it is. In all of its kitschy glory. Enjoy. Continue Reading

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Oceanaire Seafood Room

50 So. 6th Street, Mpls., 612-333-2277

The Oceanaire Seafood Room is regarded as one of the best seafood restaurants in the Twin Cities, a reputation that spills over into the fabulous oyster bar and appetizers. The bar a popular gathering place for hotel guests and convention-goers, so there are a lot of people in suits, but the urban professional clientele also means that the bar area doesn't get to boisterous. It's a great place to go for a quite, classy drink, or to celebrate a special occasion. Continue Reading

O'Donovan's Irish Pub

700 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-317-8896

No need to hop on a plane to get a taste of the Irish life, feel like a true Celt at O’Donovan’s. Some eats are imported, like Glatee Black Pudding and Banger. But if the names alone scare you off, there’s still plenty of corned beef, salmon, and potato soup to please the crowds. Continue Reading