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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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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 |

Mona

Mona

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 |

Murray's

Murray's

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 |

A burger and fries from MyBurger

MyBurger

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

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 |

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 |

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 |

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Sanctuary

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 |

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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 |

Rooftop dining at Seven

Seven

700 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-238-7770

Packed into this Hennepin Avenue building is both a steak house offering traditional cuts and a sushi lounge with more than 30 raw choices. It's all topped off with one of the city's best rooftop bars. Continue Reading

$$$$ | Japanese, Steak |

Simpls

601 Marquette Ave., Mpls., 612-333-4200

Grab-and-go soups and salads in the skyway, plus a convenience store-style array of local products and snacks. Don't miss the kombucha on tap. Continue Reading

$ | Deli, Veg-Friendly |

Skyroom

Macy's, 700 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-375-6936

Downtown Minneapolis's signature cafeteria/food court is as bright and white as heaven, and the fare is fresh, diverse, and a veritable bargain. Continue Reading

$ | American |

SkyWater Cuisine & Cocktails

Hilton, 1001 Marquette Ave., Mpls., 612-397-4927

Hilton's renovated lobby restaurant has local art and offers a spin on Midwestern cuisine, utilizing regional ingredients in some dishes. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Outdoor dining at Spoonriver

Spoonriver

750 S. 2nd St., Mpls., 612-436-2236

Brenda Langton's modern eatery is a chic place to sip exotic cocktails and dine on creative, seasonal, locally raised, chef-driven fare within a stone's throw of the Guthrie Theater. Innovative flavors and a focus on non-meat offerings are hallmarks here. Continue Reading

$$$ | American, Veg-Friendly |