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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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Cake donut from A Baker's Wife in South Minneapolis, MN

A Baker's Wife

4200 28th Ave. S., Mpls., 612-729-6898

This humble south Minneapolis bakery is known for great breads and awesome donuts. Continue Reading

$ | Bakery |

Aki's BreadHaus

2506 Central Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-578-7897

This German-style bakery serves up traditional oat bread, pastries, and salty, airy pretzels in a tiny space. Continue Reading

$ | Bakery |

Savory pretzels from Angel Food Bakery in downtown Minneapolis

Angel Food Bakery

86 S. 9th St., Mpls., 612-238-1435

Downtowners regularly jam the sedate bakery arm of Hell's Kitchen for their fix of sassy treats, from whiskey-bomb cupcakes and alphabet donuts to savory pretzels decked with garlic and cheese. Continue Reading

$ | Bakery |

Chocolate pecan tart from Bars Bakery

Bars Bakery

612 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-224-8300

Check into this St. Paul charmer for more than solid oh-so-Minnesota bars (which are rotated every day), find scones, cookies, donut muffins, tarts, and a savory pastry on show. The downtown skyway location has an expanded menu of soups and sandwiches for the lunch crowd. Continue Reading

$ | Bakery |

Chocolate pecan tart from Bars Bakery

Bars Bakery

Alliance Bank Ctr., St. Paul, 651-224-8300

Check into this St. Paul charmer for more than solid oh-so-Minnesota bars (which are rotated every day), find scones, cookies, donut muffins, tarts, and a savory pastry on show. The downtown skyway location has an expanded menu of soups and sandwiches for the lunch crowd. Continue Reading

$ | Bakery |

Gluten-free muffins from Bittersweet Bakery in Eagan

Bittersweet Gluten Free Bakery

2105 Cliff Rd., Eagan, 651-686-0112

This entire shop is devoted to gluten-free (and sometimes dairy-free) treats like brownies, cookies, and many breads (including pizza crusts and breadsticks). You'll be hard-pressed to tell the difference between this stuff and its flour-laden brethren. Continue Reading

$ | Bakery |

Donut box from Bogart's Doughnut Co.

Bogart's Doughnut Co.

904 W. 36th St., Mpls., 612-259-7519

From a humble farmers market stand to almost cultish status, Bogart's is a purveyor of excellently chewy, occasionally Nutella-filled doughnuts in limited quantities. Continue Reading

$ | Bakery |

A breakfast sandwich at Butter Bakery in Minneapolis

Butter Bakery Café

3700 Nicollet Ave., Mpls, 612-521-7401

A brunch-all-day spot in Kingfield with killer scones and an ice cream case to boot. Continue Reading

$ | Bakery |

Interior of Cafe Zentral in downtown Minneapolis

Café Zentral

505 Marquette Ave. S., Mpls., 612-520-7686

Brasserie Zentral's skyway outpost is one of the best quick lunch options in town. Score cured salmon salad, warm and toasty panini sandwiches, hearty soups, and hot dogs wrapped in pretzels that defy the category. Continue Reading

$ | Bakery, Coffee House |

A wedding cake made by Cocoa & Fig

Cocoa & Fig

6807 York Ave. S., Edina, 952-926-2764

One of the brightest, friendliest bakeries in town, it has cake pops and cookies for quick consumption or will plan a whole spread for your function. Continue Reading

$ | Bakery |

A wedding cake made by Cocoa & Fig

Cocoa & Fig

Gaviidae Common, Mpls., 612-333-1485

One of the brightest, friendliest bakeries in town, it has cake pops and cookies for quick consumption or will plan a whole spread for your function. Continue Reading

$ | Bakery |

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 |

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

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 |

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 |

Interior of French Meadow Bakery

French Meadow Bakery & Cafe

1662 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-789-8870

The true neighborhood hangout, for both locations. The all-day menu of healthful, fresh, organic fare (eggs, sandwiches, salads) is a delight, and dinner offers a more ambitious menu. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Bakery |

A donut from Glam Doll on Eat Street in Minneapolis, MN

Glam Doll Donuts

2605 Nicollet Ave., Mpls., 612-345-7064

Eat Street has a new sweet spot, Glam Doll makes creative, sassy donuts all day and into the wee hours of the night for the post-bar crowd. Continue Reading

$ | Bakery |

Groundswell Coffee St. Paul | Photo by Eliesa Johnson

Groundswell Coffee

1340 Thomas Ave., St. Paul, 651-645-6466

A coffee shop, cafe, beer-wine bar, gift shop, and bakery all rolled into one very hip and minimalist package. Find plenty of delicious alt-bakery treats such as vegan banana bread and gluten-free muffins. Continue Reading

$$ | Bakery, Coffee House |

Honey and Rye Bakehouse | Photo by Eliesa Johnson

Honey and Rye Bakehouse

4501 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park, 612-844-2555

Just off Excelsior sits this little bakehouse that's been born from a former dry-cleaning shop. Continue Reading

$ | Bakery |

Marché

2904 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-354-7408

A grab 'n' go coffee and pastry bar by morning, a cafe of simple French-influenced plates by day, and a bar with bottled cocktails by night. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Bakery |

A glazed donut from Mel-O-Glaze Bakery in Minneapolis

Mel-O-Glaze Bakery

4800 28th Ave. S., Mpls., 612-729-9316

Joggers on the Minnehaha Parkway need to be careful not to veer into this little bakery with winning donuts. Continue Reading

$ | Bakery |

A donut from Mojo Mokey Donuts in St. Paul

Mojo Monkey Donuts

1169 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-224-0142

This little donut shop in St. Paul tempts us with banana fritters, pumpkin spice cakes, and all manner of happy snacking. Continue Reading

$ | Bakery |

New Scenic Cafe

New Scenic Café

5461 N. Shore Dr., Duluth, 218-525-6274

Chef Scott Graden cooks inspired and seasonal dishes with locally sourced ingredients at this North Shore cafe just north of Duluth. Open year round and worth the drive for modern, creative food. Continue Reading

$$$ | American, Bakery |

A pastry chef at Patisserie 46

Patisserie 46

4552 Grand Ave. S., Mpls., 612-354-3257

John Kraus's serious bakery makes breads, pastries, and treats with traditional European technique. This is an island of adult refinement in a world awash with frilly cupcakes. Continue Reading

$ | Bakery |