20 Best Bars in Minneapolis


Best Bars in Minneapolis

Minneapolis is the largest and most popular city in Minnesota State. It forms the Twin Cities with the neighboring state capital of St. Paul. Known for its culture and vibrant nightlife, there are so many terrific bars to grace the Twin Cities.

Some of them are breweries and will appeal to the beer lovers. Some of them are cocktail bars for those who enjoy this. Then there are the fine-dine locales offering the best of food, drinks, service and ambience for those looking for the whole experience. Go out there, drink with some Minnesotans, and get a real feel of Minneapolis!

Matt’s Bar

If you are visiting Minneapolis for the first time, or just passing by, Matt’s bar is a must-visit. This Divey bar is a landmark in Minneapolis, and home of the iconic Jucy Lucy!

The menu is rather uncomplicated. Just order a beer from the extensive beer selection, a basket of fries and a Jucy Lucy and you are set!

3500 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Powderhorn
(612) 722-7072
mattsbar.com

Surly Brewing

Surly Brewing has one of the best beer selections anywhere. You will literally be in beer heaven at this place!  There are 20 beers on tap offering a wide array of beers. Surly that they couldn’t find a beer to match their expectations, the owner started to brew their own beer. They weren’t so surly anymore, and that’s the story of how this Brewery came to be!

The ambience is a mix of sophisticated and laidback, and they offer elevated bar food. They are open to sit-down dining, outdoor seating, delivery and takeout. The establishment is welcoming of dogs and kids within their premises.

If you are a beer lover who has a good appetite to boot, this is a must-visit. You will come out anything but surly!

520 Malcolm Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
University
(763) 535-3330
surlybrewing.com

Revival

Revival is a Minneapolis staple. Beer offers a good selection of beer and wine, but the food is why people rave about this place so much. You could start with the fried green tomatoes, work your way to Tennessee hot chicken and Revival Burger,  if you still have room in your stomach, you can go for a fried chicken and some Mac n Cheese or Hush Puppies.

The ambience here is classy yet casual. It can get a tad loud here, so be prepared. The takeout food standards are great, so you can enjoy world-class fare in the comfort of your home. Prepared to be blown away by the delicious food on offer!

4257 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409
Southwest
(612) 345-4516
revivalrestaurants.com

Red Cow- Minneapolis

There are 4 Red cows in all, popular for their gourmet burgers, craft beer, fine wine and inventive cocktails.

The ambience is trendy, classy and casual. There is plenty of seating inside and TVs, so you can cozy up and watch some sports. There are around 10 great burgers including the Cal Burger, Bison Burger, the 60/40 burger, Manhattan 2.0, Barcelona Burger.

Honestly, you cannot go wrong with any burger selection here. This joint is hands down the best place for burgers in the city!

208 N 1st Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401
North Loop
(612) 238-0050
redcowmn.com

Spoon & Stable

This has to be one of the best restaurants and bars in the city. It offers great food and a carefully selected wine selection to pair delightfully with the food. The craft cocktails here are magic as well.

The ambience here is super sophisticated, upscale and high class, and so is the food and service. The wait staff are attentive, efficient and great with recommendations.

It’s not often that you go with sky-high expectations of a place because of the hype and have it met, but Spoon & Stable will not disappoint in this regard. The food is exemplary! If you haven’t been here, you’re missing out! So book a date with this stellar venue for your next special occasion.

211 N 1st St
Minneapolis, MN 55401
North Loop
(612) 224-9850
spoonandstable.com

George & The Dragon

Modeled after an English Pub, this is a women-owned establishment with a perfect blend of casual and seriousness. George & The Dragon serves half a dozen wines along with almost 30 selections of beer.

They are kiddo-friendly and open for delivery and takeout. The food menu is traditional British Pub fare along with comfort American food and Asian dishes. It is a good place to take your small group of intimate friends or family, and enjoy some good food, good drinks and outstanding service and ambience.

You might have seen this place on Diners, Drive-in’s and Dives, or DD&D. It IS worth the hype, so don’t hesitate to make this your next hangout spot.

813 W 50th St
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Southwest
(612) 208-1047
ganddpub.com

Hen House Eatery

Three women who loved serving breakfast Downtown Minneapolis decided that their passion for cooking and serving should be taken big, and opened a place of their own. The food, the ambience and everything here reflect the vision and vibrant energy of these 3 incredible women.

Hen House Eatery features a wide array of craft beers in their drink menu along with specialty Bloody Mary’s, wines and superbly crafted cocktails.

If you are looking for a perfect breakfast spot in town, this is the place to go. Hash Browns, Cinnamon Roll Pancakes, French Toast, Egg Benedict are rather popular dishes here, but there are more!

Go with your family (kids including) and enjoy a nice breakfast which will set you up in a great mood for the rest of the day!

114 S 8th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Downtown Minneapolis
(612) 345-4664
henhouseeatery.com

Red Cow

Yup, this is our second Red Cow on the radar! THIS Red Cow features award-winning gourmet burgers in their menu too. They serve 36 craft beers on rotation, 32 wines by the bottle along with classic cocktails.

The Red Cow is a mix of sophisticated and casual, and they are open to delivery and takeout. Burgers are the bomb here, but there is more. Wings, Patties, Cheese curds, Mac n Cheese are equally delightful options for you to try. As for the usual suspects, you could have the double-barrel, bison, Turkey and Barcelona Burgers. If you are a vegetarian, there’s the Cauliflower Burger for you!

They are open from 11 am to 9 pm, so if you are in the vicinity make sure to check into the Red Cow.

3624 W 50th St
Minneapolis, MN 55410
Southwest
(612) 767-4411
redcowmn.com

The Local

Did you know The Local, used to sell the most Jamison of any bar in the USA? Well, that piece of Trivia aside, if you crave a piece of Ireland in Minneapolis, the Local should be your first choice. This Victorian-style pub will take you back in time to 19th century Dubin with its ornate woodwork, artistry, 80-foot bar, and decor.

The drink menu features good beer selection, signature cocktails and several Irish Whiskeys.

This Quintessential Irish bar is a favorite of locals and outsiders alike, so check it out no matter where you are from!

The inside of the pub is spacious and lovely, and the outdoor patio is beautiful too. There are so many little spaces, nooks and crannies for you to huddle, cozy up and just chat to your heart’s content. It’s that kind of place!

Do note that they are temporarily closed, so check with them before you decide to go over.

931 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Downtown Minneapolis
(612) 904-1000
the-local.com

Young Joni

At Young Joni’s, the food is chef-inspired – traditional American food with a twist that is delightfully their own, in a sophisticated, yet laid back and welcoming ambience. The restaurant is owned by Ann Kim, who is a James Beard award-winning chef.

The bar at the back has a very intimate and speakeasy vibe with ornate wallpaper, wood paneling, dim lighting, vintage lamps and picture frames. Talk about being transported back in time!

This is a pizza-focused restaurant and bar, specializing in wood-fired pizzas. The drink menu features craft cocktails and a small selection of beers and wines by the bottle. Korean BBQ Pizza, Margherita, Korean Short Ribs, YOLO pizza are the best-sellers here. If you had to pick just one, it should be the Korean BBQ no contest!

They are currently not open for sit-down dining, but you can still order online and enjoy their delicious pizzas and cocktails kits on your couch!

YJ is a great spot to impress your first date and out-of-town visitors.

165 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Northeast
(612) 345-5719
youngjoni.com

The Lowry

The Lowry is known for 4 things: Burgers, Whiskeys, Oysters and Eggs. But their hand-crafted cocktails are refreshingly delicious too.

If you are looking for a good brunch spot to meet with people, this will suit you fine. The patio is lovely, dog-friendly with a lot of seating options. This place is welcoming of kids too.

They are open to delivery and takeout. Freehouse Beer and wine bottles are available at half price to take home and chill.

2112 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Uptown
(612) 341-2112
thelowryuptown.com

The Freehouse

Are you even a beer fan if you haven’t tried Freehouse? The Freehouse is a popular brand located in the historic North Loop on Washington Avenue.

The Freehouse features a cocktail bar and restaurant apart from the onsite brewery. The delicious hand-crafted cocktails and beer can be enjoyed in a trendy, hip and intimate ambience and set up. The patio is lovely, with shade and fire pits you can cozy up to when it gets chilly.

The food menu here is extensive and can satisfy even the pickiest of eaters or those looking for something unique palate wise. They are open for delivery and takeout.

If you’re looking for an exceptional restaurant to celebrate a special occasion, the Freehouse is your perfect place.

701 N Washington Ave
Ste 101
Minneapolis, MN 55401
North Loop
(612) 339-7011
freehousempls.com

Martina

Martina has a full bar that serves an extensive selection of wine and craft beers. It has got its cocktail game on point as well, that is unique yet relatable.

The ambience is trendy, classy and intimate. The restaurant itself is beautiful, with lots of white and gray shades, exposed walls and ceilings and a lovely patio.

The food draws inspiration from Italian and Argentine cuisines. You could start your meal with house-made empanadas or cinnamon fried calamari. Warm-up with a bowl of hand-crafted Gnocchi with brown butter and sage or try the Churros. Or just go big, go bold and feast into the 32oz. Ribeye with your group. This is a terrific date spot or hangout for a small group of friends.

Get dressy and go to the Martina for a great dining experience! Their menu is available for carryout or delivery.

4312 S Upton Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55410
Linden Hills
(612) 922-9913
martinarestaurant.com

Cafe Lurcat

Cafe Lurcat is an intimate, romantic and upscale space boasting an award-winning and extensive range of wine with more than 200 wines, flavorful and refreshing hand-crafted cocktails and bottled and draft beers.

The food options are just as good as the drink menu options. Happy hours on the food and drinks are great. There are options aplenty with the menu being so unique and extensive. You can’t go wrong with any options here. They have options for delivery and takeout.

The patio is beautiful, and the place offers a spectacular view of Loring Park. Great food and drinks, excellent ambience and service, Cafe Lurcat is an all-round splashing good option for a date night.

1624 Harmon Pl
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 486-5500
lurcatminneapolis.com

Eat StreetSocial

Eat StreetSocial is a pleasant spot for eating and socializing. EAT StreetSOCIAL, getit? They specialize in hand-crafted cocktails, but there are beers, wine and spirits too. The food menu is on point, and this is one of the loveliest places to enjoy a good brunch in a casual and laid back, yet sophisticated and classy atmosphere.

They are open from 3 pm to 10 pm and offer delivery and takeout.

18 W 26th St
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Whittier
(612) 767-6850
eatstreetsocial.com

Icehouse

Icehouse serves live music, good food and drinks to guests who walk in their doors. The drink menu has a small selection of speciality drinks, shots for  $5 each, beers on tap and canned beer, Premium American Whiskey, classic cocktails and brunch drinks.

The ambience is classy, casual, and they offer delivery and takeout. If you are lucky to be here when live music is on, great! The energy and vibes are enjoyable, and so are the performances.

Icehouse hosts regular shows, so it would be a great night out combined with the phenomenal food and drinks, quaint ambience and attentive service.

2528 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Whittier
(612) 276-6523
icehousempls.com

Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub

Northbound is a brewpub with a restaurant and full bar featuring beers and a great Whiskey selection. This crowd-funded brewpub that opened in 2012 is now a neighborhood pride and favorite.

Hand-crafted beer and smokehouse food is a pair made in heaven. You can taste that heaven at the Northbound. There are around 15 taps on offer. Among their personal ones, BIG JIM, LIGHT RAIL PALE ALE, and the SMOKEHOUSE PORTER are the best ones! The food menu is chef-inspired and delicious!

They have outdoor seating and offer delivery and takeout. Kids and furry babies are embraced here.

2716 E 38th St
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Powderhorn
(612) 208-1450
northboundbrewpub.com

Firelake Grill House & Cocktail Bar

Firelake is exclusive for cocktails and delicious food made from authentic, local ingredients, and served in a classy, upscale ambience.

The locale is perfect for hosting events and important functions. The private dining room can seat up to 40 guests and the intimate boardroom seats up to 14 guests.

If you are looking for incredible drinks combined with impeccable service and inviting food, Firelake is the ideal place.

31 S 7th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Downtown Minneapolis
(612) 216-3473
firelakerestaurant.com

Dangerous Man Brewing Co

The only thing “dangerous” about this place is that you run the danger of adoring it so much that you’ll come back for more! Dangerous Man has a wide range of beers with something for everyone. IPAs, ales, stouts…you name it, it’s here!

Come here with friends and chill with a good beer. They have a Growler Shop where you can fill up your growler and buy some cool merchandise. The combination of good food(from JY pizza nearby), great beer and good company is unbeatable.

This is one of the best breweries in the Twin Cities, and if you love beer, you MUST visit the Dangerous Man.

1300 2nd St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Northeast
(612) 236-4087
dangerousmanbrewing.com

Parlour

Parlour is a cozy, underground bar that is romantic, trendy and dimly lit. It is a local favorite. The drink menu includes wine, cocktails and beer. The food menu has one of the most amazing burgers in Minneapolis. Greasy, cheesy and heavenly, it is downright delicious!

The cocktail selections are so extensive, I’d be surprised if you find something you didn’t like.

Long story short, come here for the cocktails and burgers!

730 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401
North Loop
(612) 354-3135
parlourbar.com

Minneapolis watering holes don’t just offer great libations, many of them have incredible restaurants that serve some of the most appetizing food imaginable including burgers, pizzas, and more. So, dig in with a poison of your choice and make the night, or day, yours!

Ren

Ren is the Editorial Director here at BARPX. She loves writing, running, hanging out, and enjoying her free time with friends and family. Got a new idea for an article? Hit her up at ren [at] barpx.com.

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