Photography by Caitlin Abrams
W.A. Frost may have some modern drinks and younger bartenders, but its vibe is still old St. Paul, whether you’re sitting at the upstairs rail, out on the legendary patio, or hidden in the downstairs lounge.
Mancini’s Char House
Mancini’s Char House on West 7th in St. Paul is still the best den for pretending you’re in the Rat Pack.
The St. Paul Grill
The St. Paul Grill is undeniable thanks to its jacketed servers, perfect martinis, and deep love of Scotch.
Jax Cafe in Nordeast, with vested barmen and printed matchbooks, is an unparalleled slip back in time.
Gluek’s offers a peek into what the beer halls of old might have been like.
Pracna on Main claims to be the oldest bar on the oldest street in Minneapolis, and it has quietly reopened with that same beautiful millwork.