• Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Why we hate "His and Hers" drinks

    When we first visited the Freehouse back in January, our initial impression was less than glowing. Maybe a lot less. Since then the brewpub has been fine-tuning the things it does best: appetizers (the hard cider-battered cheese curds with quince jam disappeared very quickly at a recent happy hour), ... More >>

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    June 9, 2014

    Sip a refreshing mint julep or swill a smoky Manhattan for Father's Day [RECIPES]

    When it comes to Dad's usual libation, many of us think immediately of Miller High Life or something similar. But this June 15, why not step up your game and show you've got some class? To ensure your success in the drink department, two of the cities' finest mixologists are here to help with spot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Top 10 margaritas in the Twin Cities

    On this glorious morning, the eve of National Margarita Day, you might be asking yourself, "Can't I drink tequila, triple sec, and lime every day? Shouldn't I? Doesn't one?" The answer is yes, yes, and yes. But today, we take time to recognize the stars and standouts, the margaritas that don't just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    How to make the perfect Aviation [RECIPE]

    Sometimes a girl just wants a Cosmopolitan. The sweet boozy elixir, balanced with just a little lime goes down like punch and kicks the party into gear. The only problem is sometimes you also find yourself at a craft cocktail establishment where drinks like the Cosmopolitan are unnecessarily derided ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    How to make the perfect Sidecar [RECIPE]

    The holidays are on their way and so are the relatives. Before we settle in for the glut of food and family, let's mix a drink, shall we? We sat down with our resident mixologist and teacher, Shawn Jones of Parlour to discuss the history of this great cocktail. He, along with Best Bartender (and his ... More >>

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    November 7, 2013

    How to make the perfect Manhattan [RECIPE]

    It's a drink as classic as the Big Apple skyline and as seductive as Don Draper. When made properly, the Manhattan, a mix of whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters, is a delightful balance of powerful spirit, a blush of sweetness, and an invigorating smack of herbal bitterness. Although popular b ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    July 17, 2013

    Marin brings the West Coast to the Midwest

    The new Chambers Hotel restaurant champions healthy Bay Area-inspired cuisine

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    October 5, 2012

    Top 10 craft cocktail bars in the Twin Cities

    There's never been a better time to be a drinker. It's become almost mandatory for every new restaurant of a certain price point to employ a master mixologist behind the bar. These days you can't swing a shaker without smacking over a few bottles of handmade bitters. While the craft cocktail movemen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    Eat Street Social rolls out new Indian Summer cocktail menu

    One of the best things about turning the calendar page over to September is the influx of new and classic fall beverages. Starbucks and Caribou pull out the old pumpkin spice latte (would it be so craveable if you could get it year-round?), the orchards start selling gallons of cider, and wine drin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Summer cocktail recipe: Raspberry Basil Rum Fizz

    See Also: Ginger beet gin & tonic Rhubarb vodka smash Right now, the Twin Cities have that sultry tropical vibe, so we thought you would appreciate a rum cocktail to complement the heat. This one is a variation on the Mojito, with basil playing the role of the mint while adding a more complica ... More >>

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    June 8, 2012

    How I learned to stop complaining and love the Mojito

    The Mojito is a classic summer cocktail. Its origins lie in Cuba, but the specifics (like many cocktails) are debated. Some believe that African slaves working in the sugar cane fields created an early version of the drink in the late 1800s as a way to beat the island heat. Others contend that the d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    Red Stag's happy hour could use a boost

    Red Stag Supper Club509 First Ave. NE, Minneapolis612.767.7766; Red Stag website Hours & Details:Monday-Friday 3-6 p.m.Monday-Thursday 10 p.m. to closeSunday 3 p.m.-close$3 domestics$4 select taps$4 select cocktails$3 house wineRecently, while in northeast Minneapolis, we stopped off at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Top 10 margaritas in the Twin Cities

    ​ The margarita is a classic, no doubt about it. The earliest published recipe we can find is in Esquire magazine in 1953. The recipe called for tequila, orange liqueur, and fresh lime. As everything else does, this drink evolved in various ways, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    Top 10 martinis in the Twin Cities

    ​Life keeps getting better for Twin Cities cocktail lovers. New and exciting craft cocktails are being conceived, and classic cocktails are being rediscovered. No list of classic cocktails would be complete without the martini.It's clean, elegant, sexy, and its simplicity is part of it genius. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Cafe Maude's Bronx Cocktail: a new twist on an old classic

    Cafe Maude's Bronx Cocktail ​Bronx Cocktail $10 Cafe Maude 5411 Penn Ave. S., Minneapolis 612.822.5411 Its been said that there are no new cocktails, only new ways of making old ones. I don't believe that's true, but I am always impressed when someone takes a drink I know well and really makes i ... More >>

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    September 28, 2011
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    April 19, 2011

    Jelly Shot Test Kitchen's super cool cocktail gels

    Courtesy of JSTKMichelle Palm loves this one...​With a City Pages photo shoot, an upcoming book, and a website that's been getting all kinds of acclaim, Jelly Shot Test Kitchen is having an amazing year. It's the brain child of Edina resident Michelle Palm, whose stunning gelatin cocktails and top ... More >>

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    April 7, 2011

    B.A.N.K.'s bankers hours: a swanky happy hour of the week

    Sitting at the bank...​B.A.N.K.88 South 6th St., Minneapolis612.656.3255Hours and Details:Monday - Friday, 3-6 p.m.$3 domestic taps$5 house wine$5 special cocktail (rotates daily)1/2 off selected appetizers: calamari, rock shrimp, sliders now (may be changing soon)$4 martinis on Tuesdays onlyWe al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Edina Grill's petite cocktails make it the happy hour of the week

    Land of petite happy hour cocktails​Edina Grill5028 France Ave S., Edina952.927.7933Hours and Details:Monday - Friday, 3-6 p.m.$3 Kenwood Table red and white$3 Summit Pilsner and Ranger IPA bottles$3 Petite cocktails: tropical mint, rum punch, cucumber agave martini, spiked pear, sweet and spicy m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Morning happy hour? Yep, at Victor's 1959

    Guanabana mimosa​Victor's 19593756 Grand Ave. S, Minneapolis612.827.8948Hours and Details: Monday through Friday, 8-10:30 a.m.$4 sake bloody Mary's$4 tropical mimosas (guava, mango, guanabana, orange)An evening happy hour is par for the course in these Upper Midwest parts, but Victor's boasts some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Pittsburgh Blue: Happy hour of the week

    Roy, working hard at happy hour​Pittsburgh Blue11900 Main St. N., Maple Grove763.416.2663Hours:Daily, 3-6 p.m."Late night": Monday-Thursday, 8-10 p.m.,Friday-Saturday, 9-11 p.m.$3 tap beers$3 house wine$3 well drinks$3 off martinis and specialty cocktails$3 mini Philly cheesesteaks, chili fries, p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Top 5 happy hours of 2010

    by Marsha TrainerThe writing's on the wall.​The Twin Cities are home to many killer happy hours in a variety of venues. In the Upper Midwest, snazzy joints are just as likely to discount their cocktails in the early evening as your friendly local dive bar. The Hot Dish has been diligently visiting ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010

    Conga Latin Bistro: Happy hour of the week

    Happy decor for a happy hour​Conga Latin Bistro501 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis612.331.3360Hours and Details:Monday - Friday, 5-7 p.m.1/2 priced appetizers2 for 1 Conga drinks: Mojito, Cuba Libre,Daiquiri, Rum Punch, Caipirinha2 for 1 Draft beersConga Latin Bistro is coming up on its tenth year a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Four spooky vintage cocktails for Halloween!

    Corpse Reviver #2​As Halloween approaches, we want to make sure you have the proper cocktails to party down, spooky-style. Just because it's Halloween doesn't mean you have to drink some nasty concoction like the Floating Eyeball or Bloody Brain. These vintage recipes are quite delicious and styli ... More >>

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    September 3, 2010

    La Cucaracha's fun and down-to-earth happy hour

    Hola.​La Cucaracha Mexican Restaurante, 36 South Dale St., St Paul, 651.221.9682 Hours and details: 7 days a week 3 -6 p.m., Friday-Saturday 10-midnight. $2-$3 beer specials, $3.50 house margaritas and rail drinks, $5 appetizers. Other daily specials: Monday: $2 off large bullfighters Tue ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010

    Heavy Table and Crispin Cider's autumn mixology contest

    Crispin CiderThe flavors of autumn.​ Do you fancy yourself a fine mixologist? Crispin Cider and Heavy Table are looking for you to share your finest cocktail creations made with Crispin and ingredients of your choice in their Autumn Mixology contest. This is your chance to show the world th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Whiskey sour recipes to celebrate National Whiskey Sour Day

    A 150-year-old classic​Like an easy lady, the whiskey sour has a tarnished reputation, similar to the tequila sunrise's. Being made for years with sour mix that tastes like bathroom cleaner will do that to a drink. Since today is National Whiskey Sour Day, it's a perfect opportunity to make th ... More >>

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    July 22, 2010

    The Hemingway Daiquiri--toasting the legend

    Michelle LeonCome to Papa: The Hemingway Daiquiri/ Papa Doble​Since this week we celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Ernest Hemingway, it seems fitting to sample the cocktail that bears his name. This Hemingway Daiquiri recipe is a variation of the cocktail the legendary writer drank at his ... More >>

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    July 21, 2010

    Classic cocktail recipes--drink like Mad Men do

    Michelle LeonClassic Martini​Want to learn how to make classic cocktails like those that the philandering, cigarette smoking, deceptive characters on Mad Men swill? As the AMC series starts its fourth season Sunday, the period piece set in the '60s reflects a time when it was okay to have a bar in ... More >>

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    July 2, 2010

    Fourth of July cocktails celebrating the red, white, and blue

    Michelle LeonIt's your patriotic duty to drink this​ If ever a holiday was worthy of its own cocktails, Fourth of July is the clear winner. On a day spent sitting on blankets in the grass with friends and family with a cooler full of snacks and brewskis--not to mention the fireworks overhead-- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Ginger cayenne margarita--a killer cocktail recipe

    Michelle Leonginger cayenne margarita​ Our search for the ultimate summer cocktail continues with this selection that is simultaneously spicy, sweet, and tart. With just a dash of cayenne, this take on a classic margarita captures all the traditional notes, but the ginger and cayenne give the dr ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    March 24, 2010

    Bradstreet, Solera, and more: Happy hours for grownups

    Drink like an adult on a college kid's budget

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    March 2, 2010

    Yelp sponsors 1/2 off drink specials

    Great drink deals this week at OM, Frost, Bradstreet, BLB and more...

  • Calendar

    February 24, 2010
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    January 12, 2010

    More mixology clases @ Bradstreet from Studio Bricolage

    Mark your calendars for "The Origins of Spirits" and the Philosophy of Ice and "All About the Bitters."

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    Drink of the week: La Belle Vie's 12 Drinks Before Christmas

    12 cocktails from La Belle Vie sure to warm even the most holiday-hatin' heart.

  • Calendar

    May 20, 2009
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    February 17, 2009

    Rum a good winter warmer

    It's a rum resurrection, with books and now a movie romanticizing the Caribbean specialty.

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2009

    At Bradstreet, it's all about the ice

    Cocktails are the new dinner, and Bradstreet Restaurant has the ice--5 kinds!--to accessorize all your drinks.

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    Bar Abilene: Half off everything

    Yep, that's right. The Uptown bar and eatery is offering a ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    September 17, 2008

    Toast of the Town

    By tracking down rare liquors from around the world, importer Eric Seed is fueling the nation's classic-cocktail revival

  • Calendar

    August 27, 2008
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    May 29, 2008
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    May 16, 2008

    Drink of the Week: Miami Vice Grip

    I was hesitant to try anything with a punny reference to "vise grip" in the name, but when I asked the ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    February 28, 2007

    Light a Candle

    Temple, Minneapolis's newest high-style fine-dining restaurant, is sexy to the max

  • Restaurants

    April 19, 2006

    This Ain't No Party

    The tequila you knew and loved as a social drunk has caught a serious case of respectability

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    April 20, 2005

    Shaken and Stirred

    Martinis for purists and lovers of fruity mixed drinks alike

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    April 26, 2000
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