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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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Brasserie Zentral in downtown Minneapolis | Photo by Caitlin Abrams

Brasserie Zentral

505 Marquette Ave. S., Mpls., 612-333-0505

Russell and Desta Klein of Meritage crossed into downtown Minneapolis with this old-world eatery focusing on fine plates of German, Austrian, and Central European dishes. Continue Reading

$$$ | Eastern European |

Burger and fries at Bread & Pickle

Bread & Pickle

4135 Lake Harriet Pkwy. W., Mpls., 612-767-9009

Kim Bartmann's seasonal spot in the Lake Harriet Bandshell serves grass-fed burgers and dogs, cheese curds, breakfast eats, and other items that change over the season to get the best from local produce. Continue Reading

$ | Burgers, Ice Cream |

Pizza at Bricks Neapolitan Pizza

Bricks Neapolitan Pizza

407 2nd St., Hudson, WI, 715-377-7670

One of the special few that can claim certification by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, Bricks turns out chewy pizzas that are lovingly slathered with top-notch ingredients. Continue Reading

$$ | Pizza |

Brine's

219 S. Main St., Stillwater, 651-439-7556

One of Stillwater's old joints, Brine's serves familiar sandwiches, soups, and burgers. Continue Reading

$ | American |

Brit's Pub

Brit's Pub

1110 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-3908

The Twin Cities' original English pub is a legendary scene, from its summer tables on Nicollet Mall to the lawn bowling and private green. Old-school U.K. fare and plenty of great events and screenings. Continue Reading

$$ | European |

Broadway Pizza

Several metro locations,

There is something about the flat pies at this local empire that draws families and fans alike. For more than 55 years the giant thin-crust pizzas have been made with family recipes. Continue Reading

$$ | Pizza |

Lasagna di spinaci at Broders' Cucina

Broders' Cucina Italiana

2308 W. 50th St., Mpls., 612-925-3113

The Broder family's creative take on an Italian salumeria/deli is without peer locally. It's a takeout temple with a few tables, offering pizzas, fresh pastas, imported meats and cheeses, salads, breads, and desserts. Delivery available. Continue Reading

$ | Deli, Italian |

Broders' Pasta Bar

Broders' Pasta Bar

5000 Penn Ave. S., Mpls., 612-925-9202

An iconic neighborhood restaurant, the Pasta Bar was cranking fresh pasta long before the current batch of upstarts. Simple and honest, the meals here are always comforting and satisfying, keeping it fresh and innovative with daily specials. No reservations. Continue Reading

$$ | Italian |

Bryant-Lake Bowl

810 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-825-3737

Dining and bowling are rarely synonymous, but the kitchen at BLB turns out a winning array of creative American fare, much of it local and organic, at virtually all hours of the day. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Mall of America, Bloomington, 952-853-6600

This family-friendly, movie-themed restaurant specializes in shrimp every way (fried, steamed, broiled, grilled, and stuffed). Its popular Boat Trash brims with lobster, fried shrimp, and Cajun-spiced pollack. Continue Reading

$$$ | Seafood |

Buca di Beppo

7711 Mitchell Rd., Eden Prairie, 952-934-9463

This homegrown national chain remains the preeminent place for a big, family-style blowout and platters of pasta, pizza, and salad. It also offers two-person platters and half-sized portions. Continue Reading

$$ | Italian |

Buca di Beppo

14300 Burnhaven Dr., Burnsville, 952-892-7272

This homegrown national chain remains the preeminent place for a big, family-style blowout and platters of pasta, pizza, and salad. It also offers two-person platters and half-sized portions. Continue Reading

$$ | Italian |

Buca di Beppo

2728 Gannon Rd., St. Paul, 651-772-4388

This homegrown national chain remains the preeminent place for a big, family-style blowout and platters of pasta, pizza, and salad. It also offers two-person platters and half-sized portions. Continue Reading

$$ | Italian |

Buca di Beppo

1204 Harmon Pl., Mpls., 612-288-0138

This homegrown national chain remains the preeminent place for a big, family-style blowout and platters of pasta, pizza, and salad. It also offers two-person platters and half-sized portions. Continue Reading

$$ | Italian |

Buca di Beppo

12650 Elm Creek Blvd. N, Maple Grove, 763-494-3466

This homegrown national chain remains the preeminent place for a big, family-style blowout and platters of pasta, pizza, and salad. It also offers two-person platters and half-sized portions. Continue Reading

$$ | Italian |

Buffalo Tap

4990 W. 123rd St., Savage, 952-808-7317

This little lodge-like bar and grill cooks up some mean thick-burgers, including a sizable Juicy Lucy, and buckets of wings slathered in signature sauces. Continue Reading

$$ | Burgers |

Tandoor-roasted malai kebab at Bukhara Indian Bistro

Bukhara Indian Bistro

15718 Wayzata Blvd. E., Wayzata, 952-476-7997

Joginder Cheema's bistro lies in a quiet strip mall and offers traditional North Indian cuisine to an area almost devoid of good curries. Continue Reading

$$ | Indian |

Buon Giorno Italia Market

981 Sibley Memorial Hwy., Lilydale, 651-905-1080

Sibling to i Nonni, this Italian deli has a much-lauded and deep selection of Italian wines, cured meats, and wonderful prepared food to eat in or take out. Continue Reading

$ | Deli, Pizza |

Buona Sera Ristorante & Wine Bar

11949 West River Rd., Champlin, 763-421-1814

Intimate suburban ristorante features classic Italian dishes such as steak cacciatore, salmon cartoccio, manicotti, and jumbo ravioli. Continue Reading

$$$ | Italian, Wine Bar |

Steak at Burch Steakhouse in Uptown, Minneapolis

Burch Steakhouse & Pizza Bar

1933 Colfax Ave. S., Mpls., 612-843-1515

The slick hot spot by Isaac Becker on the edge of Uptown is nothing short of a reimagined modern steak house. Order your cut by preferred size, take on a dumpling as a side, or choose a fresh, creative pizza from the basement bar's menu. Continue Reading

$$$ | Pizza, Steak |

Burger Jones

Burger Jones

3200 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-746-0800

Snarky and wry, the menu is packed with crazy, creative upscale burgers, hand-cut fries, and adult shakes. There's a notable craft beer selection to wash it all down. Continue Reading

$$ | Burgers |

Burger Jones

Burger Jones

1619 Co. Rd. 42 W., Burnsville, 952-885-2289

Snarky and wry, the menu is packed with crazy, creative upscale burgers, hand-cut fries, and adult shakes. There's a notable craft beer selection to wash it all down. Continue Reading

$$ | Burgers |

Burger Moe's

Burger Moe's

242 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-222-3100

For a great price, Moe's delivers big, interesting burgers, Summit-battered battered onion rings, 20 kinds of shakes, and more than 40 beers on tap. The patio is one of West 7th's best summer spots. Continue Reading

$$ | Burgers |

Burrito Loco Bar and Grill

418 13th Ave. SE, Mpls., 612-746-5626

Both a full-service college bar and a laid-back burrito joint, this place offers fat burritos stuffed with such items as Buffalo chicken and Southwest barbecue chicken, plus appetizers and plenty of booze. Delivery available. Continue Reading

$ | American, Mexican |

Burger at Buster's on 28th

Buster's on 28th

4204 28th Ave., Mpls., 612-729-0911

After the fire, Buster's reopened and felt as fresh as the divey bar it used to be. Gotta love that. Still a righteous burger, still yardstick onion rings, still a neighborhood craft beer staple. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Burgers |