Best Neighborhood Bar (Minneapolis)
The 1029 Bar
The uninitiated, upon glimpsing the unassuming 1029 Bar as they drive down Broadway Avenue, can be forgiven for thinking it’s just another one of the more or less interchangeable neighborhood bars that dot the Northeast landscape. And in a way, they’d be right. You can get a stiff drink or a beer; you can sing your heart out at karaoke nights; win 1029 swag at bingo night; and watch the Vikings while enjoying game-day drink specials. But it’s the food that sets this place apart. There are lobster rolls. Let that sink in for a second. Lobster rolls. And lest you wonder “how good can a lobster roll at a dive bar be?” they’re the same lobster rolls you get at the far fancier Smack Shack in the North Loop. For a little more than you’d pay for a Heggies pizza at other corner bars, you can enjoy luscious grilled lobster lightly dressed with a cucumber, tarragon, and lemon aioli served on griddled milk bread. Who needs a meat raffle when you have a lobster roll?