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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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Cedar Stone Urban Table Restaurant

Cedar + Stone, Urban Table

JW Marriott, Mall of America, Bloomington, 612-615-0100

The sparkly new JW Marriott at MOA has opened an upscale dining room and bar. There's notable efforts to use local products, and the hospitality is top-notch. It's a good zen place to escape the mall hordes. 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 |

Rare Steak & Sushi

Rare Steak & Sushi

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

Located in the Grand Hotel, this second floor eatery offers steak and sandwiches along with a creative assortment of sushi. Continue Reading

$$$$ | Japanese, Steak |

5120 Restaurant & Onyx Bar

Country Inn & Suites, 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 |

Apothecary

Loews Hotel, 601 1st Ave. N., Mpls.,

The lobby bar at The Loews is a sophisticated and comfortable spot where you can design your own prescription for a perfect Old Fashioned. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

A plate of food at Lela restaurant in Bloomington, MN

Lela

5601 W. 78th St., Bloomington, 952-656-5980

A refreshed space adjacent to the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel (the former Sofitel) plays sophisticated and modern with crudo, house-made pasta, and some enormous steaks. Continue Reading

$$$$ |

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 |

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 |

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 |

Monello

1115 2nd Ave. S., Mpls., 612-353-6207

Hotel Ivy's restaurant is a slice of coastal Italy in the hands of chef Mike DeCamp, from the menu full of fresh crudo to the gilded interior. Head to the basement for the darkly cool cocktail bar, Constantine. Continue Reading

$$$$ | Italian |

A dish at Basil's Restaurant in IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis

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 beautiful room with a sophisticated vibe. Under new chef Tim Fischer, the food is high-minded and technique driven, but familiar and approachable. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

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 |

M ST. Café

The Saint Paul Hotel, 350 Market St., St. Paul, 651-228-3855

The Saint Paul Hotel's casual café serves up traditional plates, as well as European sideboard buffets of meats, fish, and more. 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, 952-496-7243

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

Rival House

DoubleTree by Hilton, 411 Minnesota St., St. Paul, 651-255-0645

Downtown gets an upscale pizza-and-beer-focused bar with plenty of screens, skee-ball, checkers, and the like. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Pizza |