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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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508 Bar + Restaurant

508 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-339-0036

Mostly thought of as one of the popular watering holes of First Avenue, this one has a menu that tries a little harder. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

American Burger Bar

825 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-345-3418

These downtown spots are all about burgers. Creative takes include a bison burger with horseradish and a Kobe burger with foie gras and black truffles, among others. Continue Reading

$$ | Burgers |

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 |


Loews Hotel, 601 1st Ave. N., Mpls.,

Taking the place of the old Bradstreet space is this open and airy cocktail-driven spot, where you can design your own prescription for a perfect Old Fashioned. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Atlas Grill and Clubroom

U.S. Bank Plaza, 200 S. 6th St., Mpls., 612-332-4200

Fire-roasting is the choice method of preparation at this power lunch spot, evident in large plates meant for sharing, piled with fire-roasted meats and fish. The daily omelet is a hearty, flavorful value. Continue Reading

$$$ | American, Seafood |

Band Box

729 S. 10th St., Mpls., 612-332-0850

The lone survivor of the Band Box diners (which once numbered 13) sits in Elliot Park. Expect home-cooked diner fare. Continue Reading

$ | American |



Minneapolis Westin, 88 S. 6th St., Mpls., 612-656-3255

One of the most alluring dining rooms in Minnesota, this spacious, restored art deco bank lobby often outshines its modern American menu. A great place for a cocktail and a quick bite. Continue Reading

$$$$ | American |

The bar at Barrio | photo by Caitlin Abrams


925 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-333-9953

Barrio is a darkly hip tequila bar packed with irreverent décor and beautiful people. Tequila and mezcal dominate the drinks list, and the menu is stacked with finely crafted but nicely priced Mexican bar nosh. Continue Reading

$$ | Mexican |

A dish at Basil's Restaurant in IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis

Basil's Restaurant

710 Marquette Ave., Mpls., 612-376-7404

The iconic café that overlooks the Crystal Court, Basil's is bright and attractive, the service professional, and the kitchen keeps the crowd happy with high-end salads, creative sandwiches, and interesting entrées. 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 |

Bombay Bistro

820 Marquette Ave., Mpls., 612-312-2800

This busy lunch spot offers lots of vegetarian options, plus curries and tandoori meats. Continue Reading

$$ | Indian |

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 |

Interior of Butcher and the Boar in downtown Minneapolis

Butcher and the Boar

1121 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-238-8888

This den of meat and bourbon is one of the best nights out in town. The focus is craft American cooking with housemade sausage, wild boar head cheese, cheesy grits, and a killer long rib. Bourbon flights and cocktails are strong and unfussy, the beer garden stays open all year. Continue Reading

$$$$ | American |

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

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 |

Exterior of Copper Pot Indian Grill in Minneapolis, MN

Copper Pot Indian Grill

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

$$ | Indian |

Sweet potato agnolotti with squash blossoms at 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 |

People dancing on the rooftop of Crave in downtown Minneapolis


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 |

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 |

Interior of Dakota Jazz Club on Nicollet Mall


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 |

Dan Kelly's

212 S. 7th St., Mpls., 612-333-2644

Happy hour in downtown Minneapolis gets new life with a re-vamped pub. Local beer dominates the taps, cocktails are whiskey-heavy, and food is classic Irish fare. Continue Reading

$$ | Irish |

Interior of Dancing Ganesha restaurant in downtown Minneapolis

Dancing Ganesha

1100 Harmon Place, Mpls., 612-338-1877

Dancing Ganesha is a contemporary Indian restaurant. The menu includes traditional favorites as well as new dishes, such as the Portuguese-inspired lobster peri-peri. Buffet lunch during the week. Continue Reading

$$ | Indian |

A glass of beer on the bar at Day Block Brewing in Minneapolis

Day Block Brewing

1105 Washington Ave. S., Mpls., 612-617-7793

Specialty pizzas here feature unlikely toppings like kimchi and squash puree, or you can build your own to pair with one of the brewpub's house-made ales. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Pizza |

Grilled cheese at The Depot Tavern

Depot Tavern

17 N. 7th St., Mpls., 612-338-1828

It's a hipster-minimalist vibe with great beers and bar food: The Diamond Dog comes wrapped in bacon, the cheese curds are laced with cayenne, and there's a stellar list of grilled cheese. It's open late and occasionally streams music from First Ave. next door. Continue Reading

$ | American, Burgers |

Meatball sandwich, fries, and a beer at Devil's Advocate in downtown Minneapolis

Devil's Advocate

89 S. 10th St., Mpls., 612-843-2260

This downtown spot is a serious beer bar with a refreshed menu. Look for tons of local and international beers and a killer Philly cheesesteak in this slip that somehow feels off the grid. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |