Best Hotel Bar - 2011
The elegant Bradstreet Craftshouse in the 601 Graves Hotel in downtown Minneapolis is a throwback to the hearty pre-Prohibition days of artisan cocktails. The bar's astoundingly knowledgeable staff make their $6 to $10 drinks with medicinal accuracy and great pride, using fresh fruit, aromatic bitters, simple syrups, and juices. The friendly but not overbearing barkeeps are happy to talk about the history behind each delightfully boozy spirit. For a good deal, catch the "601 Hour" Tuesdays through Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., where concoctions like "the Honeysuckle" and "Sweet Lucy" are just $6.01 and can be paired with deliciously priced cheeses, sliders, and other finger foods. Bradstreet Craftshouse, though it's on the smaller side, is the kind of place that will convince any local or hotel guest passing through that there's really no foul mood an artfully crafted cocktail can't cure.