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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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Beacon Public House

Commons Hotel, 615 Washington Ave. SE, Mpls., 612-362-6666

Located in the Commons Hotel in the U of M area, this pub aims to be a cut above the regular college bar. There are still a lot of screens, but also craft beer and creative food. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Beaujo's Wine Bar & Bistro

4950 France Ave. S., Edina, 952-922-8974

One of the Cities' best wine bars, this European-style spot offers more than 30 wines by the glass and light nosh to accompany them. Continue Reading

$$ | Wine Bar |

Beijing Chinese Restaurant

4773 Co. Rd. 101, Minnetonka, 952-933-6361

Sichuan dishes are the specialty; the menu includes Peking duck and sizzling subgum hot pot. Continue Reading

$$ | Chinese |

Beirut Restaurant

1385 S. Robert St., West St. Paul, 651-457-4886

Simply elegant for more than 20 years, this Lebanese restaurant and deli makes scratch food from family recipes. The mezza features eight appetizers, including hummus, baba gannouj, and tabbouleh. Belly dancers entertain on weekends. Continue Reading

$$ | Middle Eastern |

Bella Cucina

9332 Ensign Ave. S., Bloomington, 952-941-3614

A casual Italian restaurant offering house-baked bread, made-from-scratch pastas, pizzas, salads, panini, and desserts. Continue Reading

$$ | Italian |

Benihana

11840 Fountains Way, Maple Grove, 763-315-0090

A national chain featuring chicken, steak, and seafood dinners prepared hibachi-style, plus a sushi menu. Continue Reading

$$$ | Japanese |

Benihana

Mall of America, Bloomington, 952-594-6205

A national chain featuring chicken, steak, and seafood dinners prepared hibachi-style, plus a sushi menu. Continue Reading

$$$ | Japanese |

Benihana

850 Louisiana Ave. S., Golden Valley, 763-542-9922

A national chain featuring chicken, steak, and seafood dinners prepared hibachi-style, plus a sushi menu. Continue Reading

$$$ | Japanese |

Bennett's Chop & Railhouse

1305 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-228-1408

Classic American food is the name of the game at Bennett's. The popular chophouse on West 7th is known for a decent Juicy Lucy and meatloaf sandwich, plus steaks and seafood cooked with skill. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Bep Eatery

100 S. 5th St., Mpls., 612-338-5189

There's a cultish following for the Vietnamese pho and spring rolls from this skyway spot. The owners are friendly and happy to guide you on your lunch adventure. Continue Reading

$ | Vietnamese |

Exterior of Betty Danger's Country Club in Northeast Minneapolis

Betty Danger's Country Club

2501 NE Marshall St., Mpls., 612-315-4997

The original Psycho Suzi's space reinvents itself as a cheeky prepster haven. The menu is Mexican-gone-East Coast, but the amenities are where it's at: A mini-golf course weaves through the restaurant and a dining car ferris wheel stands outside. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Bev's Wine Bar

250 3rd Ave. N., Mpls., 612-337-0102

The North Loop's most relaxed wine bar offers a light menu, including cheeses, salads, and pizzas. The Minneapolis skyline is your view from the patio/loading dock. Continue Reading

$ | Wine Bar |

Wild Acres Turkey Burger at Be'Wiched Deli

Be'wiched Deli

800 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-767-4330

Kitchen mavens created this chef-driven deli. This North Loop counter-service spot is the go-to deli for high-end sandwiches plus freshly made soups and salads. Dinner is more adventurous with fuller plates. Continue Reading

$ | American, Deli |

Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano

8251 Flying Cloud Dr., Eden Prairie, 952-942-8555

This casual national chain restaurant offers a menu of traditional Italian dishes including pizza, pastas, and specialties such as veal parmesan and chicken marsala. Continue Reading

$$$ | Italian |

Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano

12051 Elm Creek Blvd., Maple Grove, 763-416-2225

This casual national chain restaurant offers a menu of traditional Italian dishes including pizza, pastas, and specialties such as veal parmesan and chicken marsala. Continue Reading

$$$ | Italian |

Biff's Sports Bar

7777 Hwy. 65 NE, Spring Lake Park, 763-784-9446

The typical sports bar menu includes wings, burgers, sandwiches, and salads, plus 28 pool tables and 30 large-screen TVs. Continue Reading

$ | American |

Big Bowl

Rosedale, Roseville, 651-636-7173

This national Pan-Asian chain offers dim sum appetizers, seafood, a build-your-own stir-fry bar, and fresh housemade ginger ale. Continue Reading

$$$ | Asian |

Big Bowl

Galleria, Edina, 952-928-7888

This national Pan-Asian chain offers dim sum appetizers, seafood, a build-your-own stir-fry bar, and fresh housemade ginger ale. Continue Reading

$$$ | Asian |

Big Bowl

Ridgedale, Minnetonka, 952-797-9888

This national Pan-Asian chain offers dim sum appetizers, seafood, a build-your-own stir-fry bar, and fresh housemade ginger ale. Continue Reading

$$$ | Asian |

Beef ribs at Big Daddy's BBQ

Big Daddy's BBQ

625 University Ave., St. Paul, 651-222-2516

Big Daddy smokes up the neighborhood in the best way possible. This BBQ is some of the best in either town; the Flintstone beef ribs are reason enough to join the line that forms each weekend. Continue Reading

$ | Barbecue |

Big River Pizza

280 E. 5th St., St. Paul, 651-683-2186

The mobile pizza stand has set up shop in Lowertown, a stone's throw from the new Saints stadium. Using fresh and local ingredients, the shop kicks out big chewy pies that satisfy. Continue Reading

$ | Pizza |

Billy's Bar & Grill

214 Jackson St., Anoka, 763-421-3570

In a turn-of-the-century building, Billy's serves traditional American fare, such as burgers and steaks, along with a few Mexican specialties. Continue Reading

$ | American |

Billy's on Grand

857 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-292-9140

A popular bar on Grand Avenue featuring ribs, steak, pan-fried walleye, salads, and burgers. The huge outdoor patio is consistently packed in warmer months. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Buckhorn Chicken at Birch's

Birch's on the Lake

1310 Wayzata Blvd. W., Long Lake, 952-473-7373

The former Billy's Lighthouse is rocking as Birch's. People pack them in for both the modern supper club upstairs and the destination brew pub on the lower level. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Birchwood Cafe in Minneapolis | photo by Caitlin Abrams

Birchwood Cafe

3311 E. 25th St., Mpls., 612-722-4474

Seward's favorite all-day counter-service spot has been refreshed with a cool but comfortable modern vibe. A destination for those seeking local, farm-fresh food, it now has an open and airy room with more seating, private dining, and a communal table. Continue Reading

$$ | Veg-Friendly |