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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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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 |


Maxwell's American Pub

1201 Washington Ave. S., Mpls., 612-354-7085

The kitchen turns out comfortable but above-average bar food. The slow-roasted garlic-beef sandwich is one hearty way to make it through the colder months, and the wings are some of the best in the Cities. Continue Reading

$ | American |

McCormick and Schmick's

800 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-338-3300

This seafood house goes to laudable lengths to procure fish from inland lakes and waterways and has a great happy hour. Continue Reading

$$$ | Seafood |

Mission American Kitchen and Bar

Mission American Kitchen & Bar

IDS Ctr., 77 S. 7th St., Mpls., 612-339-1000

The power-lunch hub of Minneapolis offers fresh, seasonal, simple, straightforward fare, including a salty-spicy buffalo chicken salad, a daily-created omelet, and a pulled pork sandwich that can be enjoyed in a suit. Continue Reading

$$$$ | American |



333 S. 7th St., Mpls., 612-259-8636

Chef Lisa Hanson's restaurant sits in an off-the-glitzy-path part of downtown. Look for modern American small plates with a bit of wit served in a room that anchors old world vibe against a gleaming white kitchen. Free parking after 4pm. Continue Reading

$$ | American |



26 S. 6th St., Mpls., 612-339-0909

The silver butterknife steak and the garlic toast are even more legendary in the updated, renovated digs. Minneapolis's time-honored steak house is on the upswing, drawing a new generation of happy hour-goers. Continue Reading

$$$$ | Steak |


601 Marquette Ave., Mpls., 612-436-0330

What started as a skyway lunch stop has bloomed into a mini empire. The graphics are cool and hip while the burgers are good and creative in rotation at this local independent. Continue Reading

$ | Burgers |

Normandy Kitchen

Normandy Inn & Suites, 405 S. 8th St., Mpls., 612-455-1204

The menu offers classics such as crab cakes and cobb salad, but also plays with more modern flavors, as with the cider-brined pork tenderloin. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

North 45˚ Restaurant and Bar

Millennium Hotel, 1313 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-6000

Named after the 45th parallel of latitude running through Minneapolis, the copper clad restaurant serves an all-day menu of familiar favorites like flatbreads, sandwiches and entrees. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

O'Donovan's Irish Pub

700 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-317-8896

Pre-gamers looking for something better than a sports bar frequent this Irish pub just across from the Target Center. Built in Ireland and shipped here piece by piece, it serves corned beef, malt chips, and shepherd's pie. Continue Reading

$$ | Irish |

One Two Three Sushi

50 S. 10th St., skyway level, Mpls., 612-236-4757

This cool shop makes fresh custom sushi rolls while you watch. Plus there are some hearty ramen bowls and steamed buns for cheap! Continue Reading

$ | Japanese, Veg-Friendly |

One Two Three Sushi

80 S. 8th St., skyway level, Mpls., 612-354-3040

This cool shop makes fresh custom sushi rolls while you watch. Plus there are some hearty ramen bowls and steamed buns for cheap! Continue Reading

$ | Japanese, Veg-Friendly |

Sushi at Origami


30 N. 1st St., Mpls., 612-333-8430

The downtown location is small, elegant, and among the most revered sushi bars in the Twin Cities. The chefs are delighted to discuss their daily specialties or create special rolls. Uptown is sleeker and more modern. Continue Reading

$$$ | Japanese |

People's Organic

80 S. 8th St., Mpls., 612-208-0021

A quick-service cafe that features a notable amount of locally sourced, organic ingredients in tasty soups, sandwiches, and salads. Of note, there are delicious non-meat burger options. Continue Reading

$$ | Deli, Veg-Friendly |

Two pizzas at Pizza Lucé | Photo by Caitlin Abrams

Pizza Lucé

119 N. 4th St., Mpls., 612-333-7359

Hard-core and edgy, Lucé's medium-crust, inventive-ingredient approach to pizza has won many converts, even from the ranks of traditionalists. Continue Reading

$$ | Pizza |

Prairie Kitchen & Bar

1300 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-596-4640

The Hyatt's Minnesota-focused restaurant and lounge in the lobby is upscale with a huge fireplace anchoring the room. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Rare Steak & Sushi

Rare Steak & Sushi

615 2nd Ave. S., Mpls., 612-752-9595

Located in the Grand Hotel, what was once Zahtar has become Rare. Steak and sandwiches feature heavily on the menu along with a creative assortment of sushi. Continue Reading

$$$$ | Japanese, Steak |

Ahi tuna skewer at restaurant Max

Restaurant Max

215 S. 4th St., Mpls., 612-340-0303

This hotel restaurant offers easy American cuisine including appetizers, flatbreads, pastas, seafood, and chops. The happy hour crowds love this place. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Rock Bottom Brewery

800 LaSalle Pl., Mpls., 612-332-2739

This national brewpub chain features steak, seafood, pastas, chicken, burgers, pizzas, and Asiago cheese dip with homemade beer bread. Beers brewed on-site. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Guacamole at Rosa Mexicano

Rosa Mexicano

609 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-656-7144

Cooking upscale Mexican food in a highly designed, vibrant space, Rosa is plying the public with pomegranate margaritas and huge pork shanks. Continue Reading

$$$ | Mexican |

Ruth's Chris Steak House

920 2nd Ave. S., Mpls., 612-672-9000

Ruth's is perhaps the least flashy of the local high-ticket steak houses. Generous portions, super sides, and great service are its benchmarks. Continue Reading

$$$$ | Steak |

The bar at Saffron Restaurant & Lounge


123 N. 3rd St., Mpls., 612-746-5533

The focus of chef Sameh Wadi's spot is Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare with contemporary twists. The menu includes a variety of interesting small plates and meze that run the gamut from earthy homemade sausage to foie gras. Continue Reading

$$$ | Middle Eastern |



903 Washington Ave. S., Mpls., 612-339-5058

Sanctuary's menu spans the globe with new-age verve. Call it classic fusion—Latino and Asian flavors via French technique. Chef Patrick Atanalian's plates are surprisingly innovative and playful. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |


Sapor Café and Bar

428 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-375-1971

One of the first in the neighborhood, and ahead of the curve, this North Loop world-food restaurant excels at everything from steak to miso salmon to paella. The coconut-cream tart with caramelized bananas is addictive. Continue Reading

$$$ | Global |


Sea Change

806 S. 2nd St., Mpls., 612-225-6499

The lure is sustainably sourced seafood prepared and served with visual, textural, and flavor-packed flair. Whether it's raw bar treats bursting with freshness, small plates boasting unorthodox combinations, or a full complement of non-fish entrées, the menu covers the waterfront. Continue Reading

$$$ | Seafood |