Cafe Latté850 Grand Ave St. Paul, MN 55105 US +1-651-224-5687
GRAND AVENUE. At Cafe Latté, fresh desserts and breads are placed at the beginning of the "cafeteria" line, promoting the yummy idea of starting a meal with dessert. Check out the caramel cashew truffle or the sinful chocolate turtle cake. Special latte creations include the Milky Way Latte and the Irish Cream Latte. Ciders are also featured, as seen in drinks like a Hot Cider Crème with whipped cream and a cinnamon stick.
Dixie's on Grand695 Grand Ave St. Paul, MN 55105 US +1-651-222-7345
GRAND AVENUE. The Cajun-style cuisine served up at Dixie's has gained positive publicity in the St. Paul area. Here, you can feast on traditional Southern dishes like barbecue ribs, country-fried steak, collards and the like. If you're hungry, the Cajun pork chops are a "must-try," and you can try and sweet-talk your way into a side of fried okra to go along with them. After dinner, find your way over to the bar area. This is the place to find full-scale Southern cocktails, like a Cajun-style Bloody Mary.
Dubliner Pub2162 University Ave St. Paul, MN 55114 US +1-651-646-5551
MIDWAY. Dubliner's, the closest thing to a traditional Irish pub that you'll find in St. Paul, offers a laidback option for those looking for something to do after hours. This is the type of place that enjoys a fair amount of popularity with both students and the locals. Our suggestion? Grab a table near one of the street-side windows, order a pint of Guinness, munch on the complimentary popcorn (you have to eat!) and watch the parade of traffic on University Avenue.
Fabulous Fern's Bar & Grill400 Selby Ave St. Paul, MN 55102 US +1-651-225-9414
DOWNTOWN / CATHEDRAL HILL. The large bar at this popular grill stays packed during the week, accommodating business folks who come in after work and friends who hook up for drinks and good food. For a watering hole, Fabulous Fern's is fairly classy and is a great place to stop in if you want to enjoy a good imported beer or glass of wine over a game of trivia or while watching sports on the plasma screens.
Minnesota Music Café499 Payne Ave St. Paul, MN 55101 US +1-651-776-4699
EAST ST. PAUL. Make no mistake, Minnesota Music Café lays proud claim to one of St. Paul's hippest bar scenes. Located just east of downtown, the bar boasts an imported dance floor (okay, so it's from South Dakota!) and banners and artifacts that pay tribute to famous Minnesotan musicians like Bob Dylan, Morris Day and the Time, and Prince. Each week, Minnesota Music Café hosts top-notch blues, jazz, and rock 'n roll acts, including nationally recognized recording artists like Walter Trout and Jonny Lang.
The Happy Gnome498 Selby Ave St. Paul, MN 55102 US +1-651-287-2018
DOWNTOWN / CATHEDRAL HILL. Sometimes, you are faced with the problem of not having enough choices. At The Happy Gnome, the opposite is true. When you are faced with 70 craft drafts, over 400 bottled beers, and 300 varieties of scotch and whiskey, how do you choose? It's a good thing this bar is open late - it gives you even more time to sample all of these fine beverages. A hearty menu (with selections like grilled duck breast and roasted pork tenderloin) provides some sustenance in between drinks.
Turf Club1601 University Ave St. Paul, MN 55104 US +1-651-647-0486
MIDWAY. Due to its close proximity to a number of Twin Cities universities, Turf Club draws predictably large crowds of students. The bar's hokey, lounge-like atmosphere looks like something out of the 1940s, and it proudly carries the distinction of, at one time, being the place in the Twin Cities to do a little line-dancing. These days, it's one of the best places to see up-and-coming alternative acts any day of the week (and especially on weekends).
W.A. Frost & Company374 Selby Ave St. Paul, MN 55102 US +1-651-224-5715
DOWNTOWN / CATHEDRAL HILL. Expect to see St. Paul's movers and shakers barside at this smart, European-style restaurant. Inside, the place is decorated to the hilt with antiques, Oriental rugs, and original American oil paintings. W.A. Frost & Company's wine list has been nationally recognized by publications like "Wine Spectator," and you'll find everything from German and Australian wines to vintage Italian and French products.
Xcel Energy Center199 West Kellogg Blvd St. Paul, MN 55102 +1-651-265-4800
The Xcel Energy Center is the premier destination for sporting events and live entertainment in the Twin Cities area. Home to the Minnesota Wild hockey team, the X, as the venue is called, hosts sell-out crowds of over 18,000 who come to see the action and cheer for the home team. This downtown St. Paul entertainment venue also hosts concerts and other live performances, which have included the likes of Simon and Garfunkel, Pavarotti, Tim McGraw, the Rolling Stones and Prince (a hometown favorite), along with political functions like the 2008 Republican National Convention.