The Best Bars for Foodies in Minneapolis

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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Tullibee - Hewing Hotel, Baja Haus, Herbie's On The Park
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Farm-to-table, Californian, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Downtown / North Loop, Wayzata / Long Lake, Saint Paul
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Tullibee - Hewing Hotel

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Downtown / North Loop
844 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, but the bar serves ...

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Baja Haus

$$$$·Californian·
Wayzata / Long Lake
279 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

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 ingredients, like one wou...

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Vibrant Bar Scene in Minneapolis - St. Paul

Herbie's On The Park

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Saint Paul
1,022 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion

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 that is particularly al...

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Contemporary American in Minneapolis - St. Paul
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Gasthof Zur Gemutlichkeit

$$$$·German·
Northeast Minneapolis
282 reviews
  • Great Beer
  • Good for Groups
  • Fun

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 German pub fare and dri...

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The Lexington

$$$$·American·
Saint Paul
1,568 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 restaurants and watering holes...

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Romantic in Minneapolis - St. Paul
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Sea Change

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown / North Loop
4,216 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Scenic View

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 stunning, round bar where di...

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Lyn 65 Kitchen & Bar

$$$$·American·
Richfield
657 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 it also serves up grea...

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Maynards - Excelsior

$$$$·American·
Excelsior
2,298 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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 seating, and it is regu...

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Scenic View in Minneapolis - St. Paul