Gluek's Restaurant & Bar16 N 6th St Minneapolis, MN 55403 US +1-612-338-6621
DOWNTOWN. Built in 1902 for Gluek's Brewing Co. of Minneapolis, this establishment is modeled after traditional Bavarian beer halls experienced by the company's founder. Today, it's the only place in town that serves Gluek's on tap. Expect laid-back crowds, easygoing good times, and even live music and karaoke from time to time. The menu offers typical American and German fare, including wiener schnitzel, ribs, bratwurst, and burgers. By all accounts, smoked lake trout with cheese is a favorite appetizer.
Great Waters Brewing Company426 St. Peter St Historic Hamm Building St. Paul, MN 55102 US +1-651-224-2739
DOWNTOWN. Great Waters, one of downtown's few brewpubs, offers a laid-back setting ideal for watching the big game or just hanging out with friends. Great Falls brews eight beers on site, and management is dedicated to creating true English-style ales. As a result, the selection of handcrafted beers is impressive, and house specials include ales, bitters, and porters. The pub menu is unpretentious, offering dishes like "Rasta Wings," jerk pork loins, and black-bean chili. During warmer months, the patio is one of the town's livelier places.
Ike's Food & Cocktails50 S 6th St Minneapolis, MN 55403 US +1-612-746-4537
DOWNTOWN. Ike's plays up the supper club concept quite well with its vintage booths, hardwoods, kitschy framed memorabilia, and even old school-caliber mixed drinks. Burgers (good ones) and shakes characterize the afternoon offerings, and the kitchen serves up a handful of larger portions in the evenings usually including a steak, blue plate special, and seafood dish. Eating aside, one look at the bar will tell you this retro spot is good destination for evening cocktails, and if you come during the work week, expect awesome happy hour prices on eats and drinks.
Imperial Room417 1st Ave. N. Minneapolis, MN 55401 +1-612-376-7676
Channeling the vibe of a retro big city lounge, the Imperial Room is great for both avid clubbers and guests that simply want to unwind with a cocktail. If you prefer a subdued atmosphere, sip your favorite drink and order a great meal in the Imperial Room. For the true club experience, head to the Imperial Lounge, which features a DJ, dance floor and comfortable seating. Open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the Imperial Lounge features fun weekly events such as Industry Night and the Martini Music Lounge. Be sure to stop by during your visit to Bloomington.
Karma315 1st Ave. N. Minneapolis, MN 55401 +1-612-803-6227
Featuring crystal chandeliers and Cristal, Karma is clearly a posh, upscale nightclub. In the vein of some of Minneapolis' trendiest haunts, this club features sleek, modern décor, luxurious VIP seating and valet parking. A 50,000-watt sound system blasts hip hop, drawing patrons to the dance floor, and the energetic atmosphere flows to the outdoor patio. Special events fill the calendar and always attract a large number of clubgoers. Come dressed to impress because Karma abides by a dress code.
Keegan's Irish Pub16 University Ave NE Minneapolis, MN 55413 US +1-612-252-0880
ST. ANTHONY. You don't have to be a Keegan to taste the stout at this University Avenue pub, but it'll certainly earn you some cool points if you brush up on your Irish history and aren't afraid to sing a song or two. The only pub in the state to receive the Irish Pub Concept designation from the good folks at Guinness Brewing, Keegan's boasts a lovely Edwardian interior that was actually designed and built by craftsmen in Waterford and transported to the US in 2002. From the fireplace down to the wall coverings, Keegan's is as Irish as they come!
Kieran's Irish Pub601 1st Ave N Corner of 6th St & 1st Ave N Minneapolis, MN 55479 US +1-612-339-4499
DOWNTOWN. Around since the mid-1990s, this attractive pub remains one of the most popular gathering places in the town. The decor is as authentic as can be dark-stained wood, bric-a-brac celebrating Ireland in general and Guinness specifically, and a beautiful bar. There's live music on the weekends (usually Celtic) and a traditional session on Wednesday nights beginning at 9pm. Other forms of weekly entertainment include trivia nights, book clubs, open mic nights, and even poetry slams. On Sunday game days, Kieran's opens at 5pm, and a special late-night menu is available from Thursday to Saturday after 10pm.
Lucia's Restaurant and Wine Bar1432 W 31st St Minneapolis, MN 55408 US +1-612-825-1572
UPTOWN. One of few wine bars in Minneapolis, and arguably the best, Lucia's is a charmingly intimate 30-seat venue, elegantly outfitted with mirrors and contemporary artwork. The bar presents an excellent selection of beer and wine, while the restaurant serves upscale appetizers, light, fresh fare and divine desserts. Their red, white and sparkling wines hail from around the world, and patrons can sample them by the glass and by the bottle.
Mackenzie918 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN 55403 US +1-612-333-7268
DOWNTOWN. If you're a fan of craft beers, there's no better place than Mackenzie, which has 24 rotating taps, featuring such microbrews as Lagunitas, Founders, and Sierra Nevada. Locals rave about the pub food, with paninis, soups, salads, and pizzas drawing in the downtown working crowd. Several HD TVs for viewing the game and a large outdoor deck add to the appeal.
Mancini's Char House531 W 7th St St. Paul, MN 55102 US +1-651-224-7345
DOWNTOWN. Boasting what may be one of the coziest bars in the Twin Cities despite its Las Vegas-style glitz, Mancini's is one of the area's more popular watering holes. Just about everybody stops by at one point or another, making it one of the places to see and be seen. Mancini's offers live music several nights of the week if you're lucky, you might be around when a local polka band is on the slate.