The Best Bars for Foodies in Minneapolis

The OpenTable Team

The fast-growing Minneapolis has gained notoriety for its triumphant professional sports teams (the Twins, Timberwolves, and Vikings), a thriving arts district (featuring the Orpheum Theatre) and a strong academic culture. Minneapolis has also made a name for itself with its nightlife scene. Bartenders and mixologists serve libations all across the Midwestern town, wowing customers and critics alike. Minneapolis has watering holes for all budgets - from dive bars to craft cocktail joints. With so many choices, visitors will have a hard time choosing which spot to meet for a drink. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We've pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. This list contains the very best bars in Minneapolis, where you can get cold beers, cheap shots, and hand-crafted cocktails. Pick one from our list for an unforgettable evening in the Twin Cities.

Restaurants:Fhima's Minneapolis, Al's Place - Minneapolis, Tullibee
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:French American, Italian, Farm-to-table
Neighborhoods:Downtown / North Loop, Northeast Minneapolis

Fhima's Minneapolis

$$$$·French American·
Downtown / North Loop
278 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Fhima's is one of the best bars in Minneapolis because the restaurant focuses on debauchery and fun. In fact, Fhima's is so focused on providing guests a good time that it's in theRead more
86% recommended
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Al's Place - Minneapolis

$$$$·Italian·
Northeast Minneapolis
186 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
  • Romantic
For another art deco themed watering hole, head to Al's Place. This 1920s style bar is more speakeasy than restaurant. Diners here can order off a menu of Italian food, and then chRead more
97% recommended
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Tullibee

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Downtown / North Loop
817 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Located at the Hewing Hotel is Tullibee—a bar that serves up local beers, strong cocktails, and housemade sodas. Tullibee is one of the best bars in Minneapolis located at a hotel,Read more
89% recommended
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Gluek's Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·American·
Downtown / North Loop
427 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
  • Happy Hour
Gluek's is the oldest restaurant in downtown Minneapolis. Gluek's has the atmosphere of a traditional German beer hall, which makes it an awesome place to come have a cold one and Read more
100% recommended
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Icehouse

$$$$·American·
Whittier
1,347 reviews
  • Live Music
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Set in a 2-story industrial building, Icehouse combines a casual bar setting with a live music venue. The building that houses the bar was originally the loading docks to a Fuel anRead more
92% recommended
Hot Spot in Minneapolis - St. Paul

Baja Haus

$$$$·Californian·
Wayzata / Long Lake
155 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Located in Wayzata, Baja Haus is the closest thing diners can get to a beach bar in town. Its theme is California beach-side, and the food menu features fresh, light, healthy ingreRead more
93% recommended
Best Overall in Twin Cities / Western Suburbs

The Local Minneapolis

$$$$·Irish·
Downtown / Loring Park
398 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
The Local is a bar in Minneapolis with staying power. It opened in 1997, and since then, its been catering to loyal patrons who are visitors and Minneapolis residents alike. The LoRead more
96% recommended
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Chino Latino

$$$$·Global, International·
Uptown
3,483 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
  • Fun
Chino Latino is one of the best bars in Minneapolis. Conveniently located on Hennepin Ave. in Lyn-Lake, Chino Latino serves up a combination of Asian food and Mexican food, so dineRead more
88% recommended
Good for Groups in Minneapolis - St. Paul
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Barrio - Lowertown

$$$$·Latin American·
Saint Paul
380 reviews
  • Casual
  • Tapas
  • Bar Seating
For one of the best bars in St. Paul, head to Barrio. Located in the Lowertown neighborhood, Barrio is a tried and true neighborhood car and cafe that has an all-you-can-eat taco bRead more
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Herbie's On The Park

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Saint Paul
936 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
For a watering one that is classy and upscale, head to Herbie's on the park. The bar's inspiration is Herb Brooks and the Minnesota Club, so guests can find a lively atmosphere thaRead more
94% recommended
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Gasthof Zur Gemutlichkeit

$$$$·German·
Northeast Minneapolis
282 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Authentic
  • Great Beer
Want more of the traditional Bavarian beer drinking experience? Head to Gasthof Zuer Gemutlichkeit, lovingly called Gasthof, one of the best bars in Minneapolis for traditional GerRead more
100% recommended
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Betty Danger's Country Club

$$$$·American·
Northeast Minneapolis
895 reviews
  • Fun
  • Seasonal
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Looking for Tex Mex food and unique character in a bar? Look no further than Betty Danger's Country Club, a bar in Minneapolis that brands itself as “Kooky Country Club.” Betty DanRead more
88% recommended
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6Smith

$$$$·American·
Wayzata / Long Lake
2,016 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
For a heavier meal while drinking, diners will love 6Smith. This steak and seafood restaurants serves up warm, hearty dishes along with an excellent wine list and selection of highRead more
91% recommended
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The Lexington

$$$$·American·
Saint Paul
1,149 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
Another one of the best bars in Minneapolis is actually in St. Paul. That restaurant is the Lexington, which is an establishment known as one of the area's most historic restaurantRead more
94% recommended
Romantic in Minneapolis - St. Paul
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Sea Change

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown / North Loop
4,406 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Sea Change is aptly named, as a seafood-themed restaurant with decor that makes diners feel like they've taken a deep dive into the ocean. At the center of Sea Change is a stunningRead more
89% recommended
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Lyn 65 Kitchen & Bar

$$$$·American·
Richfield
563 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Diners who want a true laid back, casual, neighborhood place that also serves stellar food should check out Lyn 65. Open since 2014, Lyn 65 is a welcoming and unpretentious, but itRead more
98% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Minneapolis - St. Paul

Lucky Cricket

$$$$·Pan-Asian·
St. Louis Park
547 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Fun
Lucky Cricket is a tiki bar and it also one of the best bars in Minneapolis. Enjoy a tropical cocktail with a little umbrella served up in a traditional tiki mug. Visitors feel likRead more
85% recommended
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Maynards - Excelsior

$$$$·American·
Excelsior
1,840 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Lunch
Maynards in Excelsior may just be the best place to drink outdoors in the Minneapolis area. This bar and restaurant has a great location on Lake Minnetonka with tons of outdoor seaRead more
96% recommended
Scenic View in Minneapolis - St. Paul

St. Paul Grill and Bar

$$$$·American·
Saint Paul
4,837 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
The St. Paul Grill is one of the most beloved bar spots in St. Paul. this classic restaurant has outstanding food, like steaks and seafood dishes, as well as a great selection of bRead more
94% recommended
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The Happy Gnome

$$$$·Pub·
Saint Paul
1,056 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
The name of the Happy Gnome sets the tone for this celebrated bar in Minneapolis. It is a gastropub that features a huge range of beers and spirits, as well as excellent food and aRead more
95% recommended
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