Photo by Caitlin Abrams
When Bradstreet Craftshouse opened in the Graves 601 Hotel in 2009, it helped usher in our current cocktail era. Bringing in Toby Maloney from Chicago’s The Violet Hour to create and consult on the bar program, Bradstreet helped spawn the careers of a legion of mixologists loyal to craft spirits and ready to shake their tins all night long.
But as drinks became more complex, drinkers like myself decided it wasn’t worth it to wait 45 minutes for a sip. Nor did we enjoy the attitude when ordering a straight martini. When the Graves changed hands to become a Loews property, it seemed surprising that hotelier Ben Graves would choose to keep Bradstreet and relocate it to the quieter Lowry Hill. Turns out: brilliant.
Now Bradstreet Neighborhood Craftshouse, it has turned down the snootiness while turning up the hospitality. At the bar, you can expect your drink to be made and poured in front of you in a very timely manner. Still complex and well crafted, the delicious and beautiful drinks are all the more interesting because the drinker is engaged in the creation. Located in the former Rye Deli space, the new Bradstreet is dark and jewel toned with many nooks and separate rooms ideal for small groups.
The evolution comes with a new menu populated by modern dishes that remain neighborhood-eatery humble with small global nods—e.g., togarashi-spiced fries, sautéed long beans with oyster vinaigrette, and a salmon blackened with Moroccan spices on avocado hummus.
While the first Bradstreet may have been overly concerned with pushing the boundaries of modern cocktails, version two seems more concerned with the people actually drinking them. That’s a brilliant tonic for success.
1930 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-871-1200, bradstreetcraftshouse.com