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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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The Living Room

821 Marquette Ave., Mpls., 612-597-2413

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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 |

5120 Restaurant & Onyx Bar

Country Inn & Suites Bloomington West, 5120 American Blvd. W., Bloomington, 952-698-4864

This independently owned restaurant in a suburban hotel has some interesting touches to the menu. 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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

Coho Café & Bakery

7126 Hwy. 61 W., Tofte, 218-663-8032

This small bakery and café is located in the Bluefin Bay resort and offers up fresh-made breads, salads, pastas, and sandwiches. The pizzas make a good pickup on your way northward. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

The patio at Marin restaurant in downtown Minneapolis

Marin

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 |

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 |

Beacon Public House

Commons Hotel, 615 Washington Ave. SE, Mpls., 612-362-6666

Located in the Commons Hotel in the U of M area, this pub aims to be a cut above the regular college bar. There are still a lot of screens, but also craft beer and creative food. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

FireLake Grill House

Radisson Blu Mall of America, 2100 Killebrew Dr., Bloomingtion, 952-851-4040

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 |

Cowboy Steak at St. Paul Grill

St. Paul Grill

350 Market St., St. Paul, 651-224-7455

There's no denying the appeal of downtown St. Paul's clubby home for power lunches, decadent brunches, and winning pre-theater dinners. The food is classic American, the simpler the better. It's the place to be seen if you're a Capitol mover and shaker. Continue Reading

$$$$ | American |

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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 |

Boeuf bourguignon at Collette Bar & Bistro

Colette Bar & Bistro

5601 W. 78th St., Bloomington, 952-835-1900

Colette gives off a comfortable modern vibe that works well with its sophisticated French regional cuisine. Amazingly fresh and airy baguettes, ratatouille, a legendary French onion soup, coq au vin, and beef bourguignon can all be found here. Continue Reading

$$$ | French |

Bluefin Grille

7192 Hwy. 61 W., Tofte, 218-663-6200

Overlooking Lake Superior, this casual American grill in the Bluefin Bay resort serves crowd-pleasers such as big burgers on house-baked buns, fresh walleye specials, and big steaks. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

ChopHouse Salad at Bloomington ChopHouse

Bloomington ChopHouse

3900 American Blvd. W., Bloomington, 952-830-5200

Surprisingly modern for a suburban hotel restaurant, the ChopHouse offers steak house dishes with a contemporary edge, such as wagyu carpaccio, as well as traditional steaks and chops. Continue Reading

$$$$ | Seafood, Steak |

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 |

Split Rock Bar & Grill

Radisson at Mall of America, 1700 American Blvd. E., Bloomington, 952-854-8725

This indoor water park restaurant is modeled after the eateries and environs of the North Shore and offers a family-friendly place for food and cocktails, plus a daily buffet brunch. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

The Buffet

2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake, 952-445-9000

The area's most elaborate buffet features stations of American, Mediterranean, and Pacific Rim foods, including ham, barbecue ribs, chicken, wild rice soup, pizzas, fried rice, and duck. Continue Reading

$$ | Global |

Woolley's Steakhouse

7901 34th Ave. S., Bloomington, 952-854-1010

One of the better suburban steak houses, Woolley's offers traditional steaks and chops along with a nice wine list. Continue Reading

$$$$ | Steak |

Midi Restaurant

Midi Restaurant

Fitger's Hotel, 600 E. Superior St., Duluth, 218-727-4880

In the historic Fitger's Hotel, Midi offers a varied menu of easy and popular Mediterranean dishes. Continue Reading

$$$ | European |

St. James Hotel

406 Main St., Red Wing, 800-252-1875

This historic hotel overlooks the Mississippi River. Jimmy's Pub serves appetizers, Port Restaurant serves a contemporary American menu, and Veranda offers American fare and outdoor dining. Call for hours. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

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 |