Steel Toe Brewing is an award-winning family craft brewery with big dreams of staying small. They offer seven year-round brews, several barrel-aged beers that make regular appearances, plus a number of seasonals. At the 2018 Great American Beer Festival, their Dissent Dark Ale was awarded a gold medal, while their Provider, an English-style summer ale earned silver. You’ll find pints, sampler trays, 750ml bottles, and growlers for sale at the brewery. Local food trucks make frequent, regularly-scheduled appearances year round and four-legged friends are welcome on their expanded outdoor patio.
Under Pressure Brewing is a family (and dog) friendly brewery and blendery offering modern brews in a laid back, medieval-style setting. They offer over 20 beers on tap and an equal number of blended beers. Choose one of their sample flights or go all in with an 8-pint flight that’s perfect for sharing with friends. Stop and admire the suits of armor and giant tapestry adorning the walls, read a book from their library, or play one of their many games. Grab a bite to eat from a visiting food truck or order from one of the nearby restaurants. Join them on the patio for themed trivia nights, eating contests, sword fighting displays and more.
Yard House is a high-end sports bar in the West End offering more than 100 made-from-scratch dishes to tempt even the pickiest of eaters. Beer lovers will be high-fiving over their selection of more than 100 of the best American and imported craft beers (ciders, too)! They also offer an impressive array of mules, mojitos, margaritas and more. Yard House is the perfect spot to hang out with friends and family and catch the game.
Brandy & Gin
Dampfwerk Distillery is a family-run distillery making classical German-style spirits, including fruit brandies, gins, aquavit, and herbal liqueurs, all with an unexpected American twist. A 3,000 sq. foot cocktail room features a fireplace, comfy seating, and an Instagram-worthy photo wall. At the bar, the focus is on neat spirits, sipping shots, flights, and classic cocktails designed to be enjoyed in the company of family and friends. Bring your pup and relax under the twinkling lights of their outdoor patio.
Gin & Vodka
Across the parking lot from Dampfwerk, you’ll find Copperwing Distillery, a grain-to-glass micro distillery making the finest artisanal spirits. They are your go-to place for gin, vodka, fresas (strawberry gin), bourbon, and their signature creation – vodskey®. Vodskey®, made from Copperwing’s bourbon mash, is distilled like vodka, creating a clear, strong spirit with more flavor and character than traditional vodka. Their new House Calls line provides ready-to-drink cocktails in a bottle (anyone for an Old Fashioned?) and each week they offer a variety of flavorful cocktail kits for you to mix and enjoy in the comfort of your own home.
Scotch, Bourbon & Rye
Lat14 Asian Eatery is known for its critically acclaimed fine dining featuring small, shareable plates inspired by Chef Ann Ahmed’s connections to Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, the Philippines, and their neighboring countries. This flavorful culinary experience is enhanced by the restaurant’s expansive cocktails offerings. A full bar features over 40 different types of scotch, bourbon and rye, an Irish whisky and five Japanese whiskies, not to mention an equally large selection of rums, gins, tequilas and over 50 cordials. Try them neat or in a cocktail.
Located on the 6th floor of the AC Hotel Minneapolis West End, REVEAL Rooftop Bar is THE place to watch the sunset. Their master mixologists will make you the perfect hand-crafted cocktail to sip as you soak in the views of downtown Minneapolis. Scotch, bourbon and rye drinkers will delight in the nearly 50 different types on hand, as well as an assortment of amaro and bitter amaro liqueurs. This stylish and energized bar, with its cozy couches and inviting nooks, also serves a variety of tapas, including flatbread pizzas, a hummus board, and chips with homemade salsas. If it starts to rain, they’ve got you covered – literally – with a retractable roof that makes this the perfect patio!
Hazelwood Food + Drink, St. Louis Park’s newest eatery / fine dining establishment is no slouch when it comes to spirits. They serve over 20 types of bourbon and scotch, from Kentucky Owl Confiscated bourbon to 14 yr Oban scotch. Their specialty cocktails include a Hazelwood Old Fashioned made with Four Roses bourbon, a Maple Bourbon Smash made with Bulleit bourbon and maple syrup and a Manhattan made with Bulleit rye and Aztec chocolate bitters. They’re the perfect accompaniment to Hazelwood’s black angus steaks, wood-fired pizzas and lobster mac & cheese.
Tequila & Mezcal
Rojo Mexican Grill, known for their novel culinary creations and traditional Mexican dishes, is also home to an exceptional collection of tequila and mezcal. Guests can choose from nearly 60 different types of tequila, including blanco, reposado, añejo and extra añejo, and nearly 50 varieties of mezcal. Try a flight of your favorite brand or enjoy one of Rojo’s signature cocktails like their strawberry jalapeño margarita or “El Guapo,” a layered drink that combines Rojo Double Barrel Herradura Reposado, Nucano Mezcal, St. Germain, and a house-infused habanero simple syrup.
The Local West End serves up over 20 different types of Irish whiskey, including Dubliner, Bushmills, Jameson and Kilbeggan. They also 10 different single malt whiskeys and 9 small batch bourbons. Raise a glass and dine on some of the best Irish pub fare around.
Although known for their European-style spirits, Dampfwerk Distillery has produced an American Single Malt Whiskey that was four years in the making. Made from 100% MN sourced pale ale and chocolate malt, this whiskey hones in on flavors of deep fruit, chocolate, toffee and caramel notes.
CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar is a contemporary restaurant offering vibrant American cuisine, fresh sushi, and cool sidewalk seating. As with its food, CRAVE’s cocktail game is exceptional, from their signature Smoked Manhattan to fruit forward favorites like their Pineapple Mojito and Blackberry Mule. But CRAVE particularly shines when it comes to their extensive wine list, offering a selection of over 80 reds and whites from around the world. Not to be left out, sake enthusiasts will delight in the nine varieties available to accompany CRAVE’s tasty selection of nigiri, sashimi and specialty rolls.
Doolittle’s Woodfire Grill is known for its woodfired rotisserie cooking, with signature dishes such as spit roasted chicken and smokehouse spare ribs. They offer over 60 wines by the bottle and 30 wines by the glass, from around the world, with offerings from California, Washington, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Join them on Mondays when bottles are half price.
At Mill Valley Kitchen, you’ll find fresh cuisine inspired by the California coast. The restaurant serves locally sourced, farm-to-table food in a cozy, fine dining atmosphere. Menus change seasonally and feature entrées such as miso glazed seabass with ginger-shiitake quinoa and herb roasted chicken breast with farro-mushroom risotto. Their wine list features over 70 selections, with an emphasis on the vineyards of California’s Napa Valley and Sonoma County.
A number of eateries are offering up some thirst-quenching, highly inventive mocktails. At the West End, head to CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar, try the Blueberry Mint Fizz made with fresh blueberries and house-made blueberry puree, the Pineapple “Nojito” with house-made pineapple puree and vanilla demerara syrup, or the Blood Orange Soda. Next door, check out The Loop West End, and try their Babe the Blue Mule, made with Cock ‘N Bull ginger beer and blueberry syrup, or one of their two basil-infused drinks, the Herbed Pineapple Limeade or the Strawberry Basil Soda. You’ll also want to stop by Punch Bowl Social and and sample their Strawberry Rhubarb Fizz made with house-made strawberry syrup, Fee Brothers rhubarb bitters and sparkling water. Or try a Toronja Y Chile with grapefruit syrup, fresh lime juice, chile, honey and sparking water. And at Hope Breakfast Bar, you’ll find Hope-Ade, which features Aranciata San Pellegrino, cardamon syrup, fresh mint and lemonade and The Peach & Rose Punch, which includes fresh ginger, peach rose, ginger beer and rosemary
At Lat14, offerings include a virGIN & Tonic and a trio of non-alcoholic fermented beverages made with a Kombucha culture – Noce Di Cocco, Pompelmo, and Isaphan. Three One Six Bar + Grill serves a non-alcoholic version of the Minnesota Bootlegger made with freshly-squeezed juices, as well as grapefruit, citrus strawberry and raspberry rose mocktails. Hazelwood Food + Drink offers 4 different delightful mocktails, including the Green Thumb made with strawberry puree and basil simple syrup and the Pomsky, made with pomegranate juice, orange juice, lemon juice and basil simple syrup. And at Dampfwerk Distillery, enjoy the Harvest, made with fuji sherbet, lemon, red bitters and seltzer or The Next Sage, comprised of honey, lemon, orange bitters, sage and seltzer. Even better – both Lat14 and Dampfwerk change their mocktails seasonally, so there is always something new to try!
Of course, no list would be complete without mentioning where to find some classic cocktails with a modern twist, such as Bloody Mary’s, Mimosas, Margaritas, and the Minnesota classic Bootlegger!
For the perfect Bloody Mary, head to JJ’s Clubhouse for their Big Ole Bloody served with a Miller High Life pony, or try the Bunny Mary at Bunny’s Bar & Grill, served with a Kramarczuk’s spicy beef stick and a snit of Coors Light. At The Block, choose from three different levels of bloodiness: Mary Mary Quite Contrary for Bloody Mary newbies, the Block Bloody made with their special homemade mix, and the Dragon Mary, crafted with habanero infused vodka and Sriracha for those who aren’t afraid of a little spice. For other bloody good options, stop by Schuller’s Tavern for bottomless drinks every weekend or Texa-Tonka Lanes, the Sun Sailor’s Reader’s Choice 2020 award winner for best Bloody Mary.
Not surprisingly, the Good Day Café, the quintessential brunch restaurant, has one of the biggest selections of mimosas. Choose one of their seven unique offerings, including the GDC Grand Mimosa made with Grand Marnier or the Man-Mosa spiked with Fireball whiskey. Meanwhile, The Block has five different mimosas, including a Poinsettia made with cranberry juice and a Strawberry Sunrise made with homemade lemonade and strawberries. On weekends, traditionalists will want to take advantage of the bottomless mimosa at McCoy’s Public House.
Teresa’s Mexican Restaurant offers the most flavorful margaritas in town. Choose from lime, strawberry, mango, raspberry, peach or passion fruit. Make it a Texas-style margarita by adding a shot of orange liqueur. Or try one of their 10 different signature margaritas, including their spicy, yet refreshing, Cucumber Jalapeño, Strawberry Mint, or their Piña Caliente, made with Patrón Silver, passion fruit, pineapple, and a chili lime rim. Other killer margaritas include Yard House’s pomegranate and salted watermelon margaritas and Rojo‘s Cadillac Margarita made with 100% blue weber agave El Jimador Blanco mixed with Dekuyper Brazilian Orange Liquor and hand shaken with their signature margarita mix.
The official cocktail of Minnesota is the Bootleg (or Bootlegger). Made with your choice of gin, rum or vodka, this cocktail combines citrus flavors with mint. The Park Tavern makes their Bootleg with orange, lemon and lime juices, mint, fruit zest, and egg whites, while Bunny’s Bar & Grill serves theirs strictly with vodka and bootlegger mix topped with soda. Other places serving this native drink include Good Day Café, McCoy’s Public House, and the Three One Six Bar + Grill.
It’s easy to see why we’re a true libation destination. We invite you to raise a glass (or two), but be sure to do so responsibly!
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