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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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A table at The Third Bird in Minneapolis | Photo by Caitlin Abrams

The Third Bird

1612 Harmon Place, Mpls., 612-767-9495

Sitting quietly, almost secretly on the edge of Loring Park, Third Bird's front door is actually through the back alley. Maybe that's why it feels like a clubhouse for those who know about the eclectic, thoughtful menu from Lucas Almendinger. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Toast Wine Bar & Café

Toast Wine Bar & Café

415 N. 1st St., Mpls., 612-333-4305

High design and a cool vibe are the hallmarks of this neighborhood wine bar. The seasonal menu is limited, but features thin-crust pizza, sandwiches, soups, and desserts. Continue Reading

$$ | Pizza, Wine Bar |

Union

Union

731 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-455-6690

The retractable glass roof restaurant has a playful modern American menu in place on its rooftop and a modern, evolving menu on the main level restaurant known as Workshop by Stewart Woodman. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Vincent A Restaurant

Vincent A Restaurant

1100 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-630-1189

Four-star fare at three-star prices in a warm, minimalist room. Vincent Francoual's cuisine has a southern French accent but is contemporary, seasonal, and inspirational. The bar offers traditional French bistro dishes and a worthy stuffed burger. Continue Reading

$$$$ | French |

Wasabi Fusion Restaurant

903 Washington Ave. S., Mpls., 612-339-6688

Though the menu proclaims fusion fare, there are more traditional items than not. Sushi rolls get a little creative under the chef's eye, and there's hibachi seating. Continue Reading

$$ | French, Japanese |

Workshop at Union

Workshop at Union

731 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-455-6690

The main level of Union is now in the hands of Stewart Woodman and the cadre of Kaskaid chefs. It's a dinner lab, of sorts, for new and exciting dishes that the chefs want to play with, though the space is only open for three days a week. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Zelo

Zelo

831 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-333-7000

Downtown Minneapolis's Italian sensation. Zelo features a stunning room, rollicking bar, and creative menu of vaguely Midwesternized Italian fare. Continue Reading

$$$ | Italian |

Zen Box Izakaya

Zen Box Izakaya

602 Washington Ave. S., Mpls., 612-332-3936

This cute little Japanese restaurant/pub woos Guthrie-goers with bento boxes, ramen bowls, and traditional dishes that satisfy without sushi. A nice selection of Japanese beers to boot. Continue Reading

$$ | Japanese |