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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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Dong Hae restaurant in Minneapolis | Photo by Caitlin Abrams

Dong Hae

251 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-333-1999

Korean cuisine has hit downtown with this place from the family behind the popular Dong Yang. All-you-can-eat sushi and traditional dishes like bibimbap are winners here. Continue Reading

$$ | Japanese, Korean |

Falafel King

TCF Tower, 121 S. 8th St., Mpls., 612-339-5560

This local favorite serves falafel, dolmas (stuffed grape leaves), moussaka, spinach pie, and pita sandwiches. Continue Reading

$ | Greek |


FireLake Grill House

Radisson Plaza, 31 S. 7th St., Mpls., 612-216-3473

Both locations have had a sassy remodel that screams MN: barnwood, local craft beers, a Juicy Lucy, etc. But don't overlook the well-prepared wood-grilled meats, rotisserie duck, or venison bolognese. The MOA location has a great bar to escape the mall walkers. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Fogo de Chão

Fogo de Chão

645 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-338-1344

With its all-you-can-eat menu, strolling gauchos slicing more than a dozen grilled meats tableside, plus a stellar salad bar, Fogo not only represents great value, but also offers many cuts of meats and flavors not otherwise found in local eateries. Prix fixe. Continue Reading

$$$$ | Latin American, Steak |

Interior of Foreign Legion in downtown Minneapolis | Photo by Caitlin Abrams

Foreign Legion

501 Marquette Ave. S., Mpls.,

Across the hall from Brasserie Zentral, this offshoot is the darker, more sultry bohemian wine bar with a very notable cheese and meat selection. Take a stroll through the curated wine list, tap into beer or cocktails, then settle in for snacks. Continue Reading

$$$ | Eastern European |


16 N. 6th St., Mpls., 612-338-6621

One of the oldest restaurants in Minneapolis, Gluek's gives off an Old World vibe, even while packing in the karaoke singers. Before you drink a Gluek's beer, brewed in town since 1857, tuck into the Berliner: an open-faced pot roast sandwich on sourdough. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Gourmet Gallery

Art Institutes International Minnesota, 15 S. 9th St., Mpls., 612-656-6881

AI's student-run kitchen allows you to sample the skills of the next generation of chefs before they start charging the big bucks. Seasonal menus change weekly. Call for hours. Continue Reading

$ | American |

Interior of Hell's Kitchen

Hell's Kitchen

80 S. 9th St., Mpls., 612-332-4700

In its underground space, HK has plenty of seating, dinner service, two full bars, and a stage for the legendary Salvation Sunday gospel brunch. Bonus: The lemon-ricotta cakes are as heavenly as ever. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Hen House Eatery

114 S. 8th St., Mpls., 612-345-4664

Find an updated take on the diner experience, with an all-day breakfast spread and cocktails to match, in the old Peter's Grill spot. Continue Reading

$$ | American |


Huberts Sports Bar & Grill

Target Ctr., Mpls., 612-767-2960

The closest you can be to local sports action without actually having tickets. Typical sports bar menu. The Target Center location is bigger and fresher than the original Dome-side bar. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Huberts Sports Bar Grill

601 Chicago Ave., Mpls., 612-332-6062

The closest you can be to local sports action without actually having tickets. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar

Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar

1333 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-339-0540

Hibachi meals are prepared tableside by knife-flashing chefs in a Japanese garden atmosphere. Plus a tempura bar and all-you-can-eat sushi nightly. Continue Reading

$$$$ | Japanese |

Bloody Mary from Ike's Food & Cocktails

Ike's Food & Cocktails

50 S. 6th St., Mpls., 612-746-4537

These watering holes feel like they've been here forever. Strong drinks, a great burger, and the best blue-plate steak dinner around make Ike's good for more than a great martini. Continue Reading

$$$ | American, Burgers |

Il Foro

36 S. 7th St., Mpls., 612-238-2300

The art deco interior of The Forum is gleaming again. Modern takes on classic Italian dishes bring the spot into a new era. Continue Reading

$$$ | Italian |

J. D. Hoyt's

301 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-338-1560

This North Loop tavern has been serving spicy Cajun entrées and charcoal- and hickory-smoked items for 25 years. Not to mention a giant pork chop that's a great value. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Juice So Good skyway restaurant in Baker Center downtown Minneapolis

Juice So Good

2nd Ave. S., Mpls., 612-354-2779

It's not just freshly pressed juice at this bright skyway spot; half a dozen smoothies, breakfast options, and rotating vegetarian and gluten-free salads round out the workday menu. Continue Reading

$ | Veg-Friendly |

Kieran's Irish Pub

85 N. 6th St., Mpls., 612-339-4499

Kieran's is primed for the next 20 years in its Warehouse District location. Specialties include wee burgers, the Guinness pot roast sandwich, fish and chips, and a boatload of Irish whiskey. Continue Reading

$ | American, Irish |

Kindee Thai Restaurant

719 S. 2nd St., Mpls., 612-465-8303

A small Thai restaurant in the Guthrie/Mill City neighborhood, Kindee is highly designed with bright, modern colors. The menu features traditional Thai food. Continue Reading

$$ | Thai |

La Belle Crepe

La Belle Crepe

825 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-333-1100

The tiny slip of a creperie is purely takeout with a small standing counter and a few tables for those who can't wait. Walkers-by are seduced by the smell of fresh crepes with fillings sweet or savory. Continue Reading

$ | French |

Ling & Louie's Asian Bar & Grill

921 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-351-1234

This national chain features traditional Asian dishes with a modern twist�and American dishes with an Asian twist. Continue Reading

$$$ | Asian |

Lyon's Pub

16 S. 6th St., Mpls., 612-333-6612

This popular lunch spot offers prime rib sandwiches, burgers with a choice of 12 toppings, and fish and chips. Twins/Vikes home game brunch. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Steak at Manny's Steakhouse

Manny's Steakhouse

W Minneapolis—The Foshay, 825 Marquette Ave. S., Mpls., 612-339-9900

Manny's is, for many, the quintessential local steak experience. The steaks are great, the Neuske's thick-cut bacon appetizer is obnoxiously yummy, and the service is brimming with well-meaning swagger. Continue Reading

$$$$ | Steak |

The patio at Marin restaurant in downtown Minneapolis


Chambers Hotel, 901 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-252-7000

The installation at the Chambers, Marin is sister to Mill Valley Kitchen and follows suit with healthy but sophisticated food that includes nutritional info on the menu. The space is warm and the outdoor gin bar is spectacular. Continue Reading

$$$$ | American |

Maruso Street Food & Bar

715 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-333-0100

Next to the strip clubs on Hennepin, Maruso offers big, strong drinks and small plates of street food from around the globe, from pierogis to banh mi. Continue Reading

$$ | Asian, European |

Pozole at Masa


1070 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-338-6272

This stylish cantina's menu includes not only taqueria standards but also classic dishes culled from the family recipes of executive chef Saul Chavez. The authenticity level is notable, and service meets the high D'Amico standard. Continue Reading

$$$$ | Mexican |