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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 |

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 |

Bank

Bank

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 |

Gnocchi with cauliflower and orange

Bar La Grassa

800 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-333-3837

Still clicking and packing them in, BLG feeds stylish eaters with innovative pastas and Italian dishes created with amazing ingredients. Sit at the counter and watch the action of a James Beard Award-winning kitchen. Continue Reading

$$$ | Italian |

The bar at Barrio | photo by Caitlin Abrams

Barrio

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

Barrio is a darkly hip tequila bar packed with irreverent decor 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 |

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 |

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 |

Black Sheep Pizza

Black Sheep Pizza

600 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-342-2625

Black Sheep's coal-fired crusts are beautiful, and there's magic in the variety of fresh, robust toppings. The beer list will please any geek and salads change daily. The new Eat Street location has an expanded grill menu. Continue Reading

$$ | Pizza |

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 |

Cask Cookhouse

Loews Hotel, 601 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-312-1821

Taking the place of Bradstreet Craftshouse, Cask has also kept the menu of creative small plates and high-end cocktails of the former bar�for now. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

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

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 |

Crave

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 |

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

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 |

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 |