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The Forty-Four Best Bars

Our favorite Twin Cities spots for craft cocktails, brown booze, and wines that warm your night.

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Green Ox Charcuterie Platter at Cooper Pub

Cooper Pub

1607 Park Place Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-698-2000

The West End pub is decked out with gorgeous woodwork imported from Europe, but the menu is less fancy, focusing on humble Irish food and family-friendly American favorites. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Irish |

Copper Hen Cakery & Kitchen in Minneapolis | Photo by Caitlin Abrams

Copper Hen Cakery & Kitchen

2515 Nicollet Ave., Mpls., 612-872-2221

A cute little bakery and cafe on Eat Street with all the farm-to-table chic you can handle: chunky beams, mason jars, chalkboard flourishes. Best gluten-free cupcake in town, plus hearty and real breads, a fantastic burger, and so many other things to tempt you back again and again. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Bakery |

Exterior of Copper Pot Indian Grill in Minneapolis, MN

Copper Pot Indian Grill

10 S. 5th St., Mpls., 612-331-5577

$$ | Indian |

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Copper River Fish and Chop House

17516 Dodd Blvd., Lakeville, 952-432-2722

The gleaming copper Lakeville restaurant is a seafood house. The menu promises fresh catch, signature specialties such as "angry" lobster tail, and newer ideas like salmon BLT and jalapeno crab dip. Continue Reading

$$$ | Seafood, Steak |

Corner Table | Photo by Eliesa Johnson

Corner Table

4537 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls., 612-823-0011

Corner Table has evolved into one of the best neighborhood eateries in town. Under the ownership and reign of Thomas Boemer and Nick Rancone, it has become refined but humble and satisfying. A true find. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Sweet potato agnolotti with squash blossoms at Cosmos

Cosmos

Loews Hotel, 601 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-312-1168

The fine dining restaurant in the Loews, Cosmos is a staggeringly beautiful room with a sophisticated vibe. The menu offers chef-driven dishes and tasting menus that are spot-on. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Cossetta Pasticceria in St. Paul

Cossetta Alimentari

211 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-222-3476

It's still loud, rollicking, and homey in an Italian-American sort of way. It serves up some mean red-sauce standards from the pizzeria/cafeteria and now has a full-service rooftop dining room called Louis. Continue Reading

$$ | Italian, Pizza |

Pasta at Coup d'Etat in Uptown, Minneapolis | Photo by Caitlin Abrams

Coup d'Etat

2923 Girard Ave. S., Mpls., 612-354-3575

Uptown's classiest joint has gorgeous lighting, a see-and-be-seen center bar, two levels of dining, copious outdoor space and a refreshing lack of dudebros. Find grown-up's enjoying smart plates of accessible food and stellar cocktails. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

CōV Wayzata | Photo by Caitlin Abrams

CoV Wayzata

700 E. Lake St., Wayzata, 952-473-5253

Packed from the get-go, Dean Vlahos's lakeside Wayzata eatery has the chic stylings of a Nantucket boathouse. The accessible menu won't wow you, but it's satisfying and prepared well. The summer scene is hot. Continue Reading

$$$ | American, Seafood |

A server at Crave at Shops at West End in St. Louis Park

Crave

Mall of America, Bloomington, 952-854-5000

With several locations locally, and more abroad, these easy-going eateries still deliver on vibe and style. The menu has been refreshed and modernized by Stewart Woodman to largely successful effect. Continue Reading

$$$ | American, Japanese |

A server at Crave at Shops at West End in St. Louis Park

Crave

1603 West End Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-933-6500

With several locations locally, and more abroad, these easy-going eateries still deliver on vibe and style. The menu has been refreshed and modernized by Stewart Woodman to largely successful effect. Continue Reading

$$$ | American, Japanese |

A server at Crave at Shops at West End in St. Louis Park

Crave

Galleria, Edina, 952-697-6000

With several locations locally, and more abroad, these easy-going eateries still deliver on vibe and style. The menu has been refreshed and modernized by Stewart Woodman to largely successful effect. Continue Reading

$$$ | American, Japanese |

People dancing on the rooftop of Crave in downtown Minneapolis

Crave

825 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-332-1133

With several locations locally, and more abroad, these easy-going eateries still deliver on vibe and style. The menu has been refreshed and modernized by Stewart Woodman to largely successful effect. Continue Reading

$$$ | American, Japanese |

Cravings Wine Bar & Grille

755 Bielenberg Dr., Woodbury, 651-528-6828

From the same family that brought Cravings Cafe to White Bear Lake. This location is more sophisticated with a large wine list and a focus on local and organic foods. Continue Reading

$$$ | Wine Bar |

Affogato at Crema Cafe in Minneapolis

Crema Café

3403 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-824-3868

More than a stop for homemade Sonny's ice cream, Crema serves simple Italian street food, made from many local and organic ingredients. Seasonal hours. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Italian |

Afghani football pizza from Crescent Moon in Northeast Minneapolis

Crescent Moon Pizza

1517 Como Ave. SE, Mpls., 612-767-3313

Crescent Moon, the well-known bakery in Nordeast, opened this pizza shop offshoot in the U of M area. The specialty of the house is Afghan football pizza, which comes in an oblong shape and topped with bright and flavorful ingredients, such as Afghan beef, spinach, even gyros. Continue Reading

$$ | Middle Eastern, Pizza |

Crescent Moon Restaurant

2339 Central Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-782-0169

Featuring courtyard ambience with murals and Persian rugs, this bakery offers marinated shami kebabs, tikka kebabs, and gyros. Continue Reading

$$ | Middle Eastern |

Burger and fries at Crooked Pint Ale House

Crooked Pint Ale House

501 Washington Ave. S., Mpls., 612-877-6900

Boasting one of the biggest screens in town and a popping live-music stage, this joint plays to sports fans, movie clubs, and groups looking for a decent burger, a nice list of beer, and a good time. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Sandwich from Crossroads Delicatessen in Minnetonka, MN

Crossroads Delicatessen

2795 Hedberg Dr., Minnetonka, 952-546-6595

In a please-all-the-people effort, Crossroads offers deli favorites, all-day breakfast, fresh-baked breads, a Sunday brunch buffet, burgers, quesadillas, steaks, ribs, and seafood. Continue Reading

$$ | Deli |

Cupcake owner Kevin VanDeraa stands inside his bakery

Cupcake

181 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, 651-528-8278

Before cupcakes went all crazy trendy, Cupcake was around with fun little cakes and a solid cafe menu with house baked bread. Continue Reading

$ | American, Bakery |

Cupcake owner Kevin VanDeraa stands inside his bakery

Cupcake

1565 Cliff Rd., Eagan, 651-340-6214

Before cupcakes went all crazy trendy, Cupcake was around with fun little cakes and a solid cafe menu with house baked bread. Continue Reading

$ | American, Bakery |

Cupcake owner Kevin VanDeraa stands inside his bakery

Cupcake

Mall of America, Bloomington, 612-378-4818

Before cupcakes went all crazy trendy, Cupcake was around with fun little cakes (try the chocolatey Clair Huxtable) and a solid cafe menu. Continue Reading

$ | American, Bakery |

Cupcake owner Kevin VanDeraa stands inside his bakery

Cupcake

3338 University Ave. SE, Mpls., 612-378-4818

Before cupcakes went all crazy trendy, Cupcake was around with fun little cakes and a solid café menu with house-baked bread. Continue Reading

$ | American, Bakery |

Curran's

4201 Nicollet Ave., Mpls., 612-822-5327

Since 1948, Curran's has occupied the corner of Nicollet and 42nd. The family dining icon serves all-day breakfasts and a bevy of comfortable favorites such as meatloaf, pork chops, giant burgers, and fried chicken. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Interior of Dakota Jazz Club on Nicollet Mall

Dakota

1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010

The Dakota is the landmark jazz club that also serves a mean meal. A power lunch spot during summer patio weather, the menu is contemporary and fun. Check out special Foodie Nights for dinner with no cover. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |