Let's paint a scene: You enter a bar and grab a seat. You're handed a copy of the latest menu, hot off the press. As you peruse the menu, you notice a variety of choice cocktails crafted from house-made liquors. You make your choice, order, sit back and revel in a refined experience designed with a ... More >>
El Gnomo Hipster Happy Gnome $11 Cocktail lovers, especially those who find themselves attached in one way or another to a high-level beer snob, rejoice. Now, when you're tagging along for a beer dinner or the tapping of a rare firkin at the Selby-Dale scotch and suds spot The Happy Gnome, there's ... More >>
LKGBT Loring Kitchen and Bar $10 While we hope this craft cocktail bubble never bursts, with its ever-evolving line-up of new bitters and shrubs and obscure liqueurs, there's something to be said for reining in the impulse to throw everything but the kitchen sink into the shaker and hope for the be ... More >>
The new chef-driven eatery fuses high and low brow to great effect
Which cocktail do bartenders use as a measuring stick to judge their barkeep brethren? The martini: a simple, pristine cocktail that, sadly, is often totally botched. We met up with barman Shawn Jones of Parlour to discuss how to best mix this classic drink and what sweet nothings should be whispere ... More >>
As shadows stretch across the yard, a collection of over-achieving leaves are threatening to turn. Despite the season's late start, there are only so many warm days left to us. It's enough to cause distress, and there is no better restorative for those long, luxurious summer nights after a stressful ... More >>
Ghebregzi Bar La Grassa$9In the world of cocktails, some would argue there's nothing new under the sun; a little sweet, a little sour, a little bitter -- a cocktail is a cocktail, and it's something to enjoy, not dissect. So when you come across a regular old pairing of spirit and mixer that sneaks ... More >>
We distill what local watering holes serve up the best Scotch, gin, tequila, vodka, and more
American love Mexican food, and that affair has only deepened as more and more authentic restaurants opened to showcase the real flavors of our southern neighbor. The Twin Cities are no different, especially as the food often comes at a price that fits our frugal nature. Of course, not all restauran ... More >>
It's Friday afternoon, and I hear the tequila calling. What say we all kick off early and hit up a happy hour? When Rosa Mexicano first opened, experiences were mixed (ahem), but there have been a few crucial changes. One is the executive chef position. The man who leads the kitchen can now not only ... More >>
Ever on the cutting edge of the craft cocktail revolution, the Strip Club Meat & Fish has added two new drinks to its menu. The drinks are versions of summer favorites experienced bar-goers have likely tasted before; what's unique is the way Strip Club is serving them--on tap.The idea began with ... More >>
It's nice to get the notice, when the man running the bar program literally wrote the book on fine drinks cocktails. Johnny Michaels's cocktail-shaking star continues to rise. This week Men's Fitness magazine named La Belle Vie one of the 25 best bars in America.
Once again it's the season when Minnesotans flock to restaurant patios and rooftops to enjoy the weather. And while food is critical in patio dining, at this time of year a refreshing drink and relaxed conversation can assume just as much importance. We took a look at the best spots in both Minneapo ... More >>
Kieran's whiskey now available near youKieran Folliard left the Irish restaurant empire he had been building for years to focus full time on his burgeoning whiskey company. Today marks the wide release of his whiskey, named for his mother and aunt, both redheads. Liquor stores that will carry the ... More >>
Yael GrauerA taste of the Caribbean: Yucatan pork stew with potatoes, onions, tomatoes, and peppers. San Pedro Café is a Caribbean-themed restaurant in charming Hudson, Wisconsin--about a half-hour drive from Minneapolis. Named after the town of San Pedro, on an Island off of Belize's mainla ... More >>
One of the best bartenders in the Cities has a book party, and you're invitedHere's a party guaranteed to have a dearth of Zimas available. Craft cocktail wizard Johnny Michaels is releasing his first book. Available from Borealis, the book will retail for $20. The Northstar Bartenders Guild is a ... More >>
The Jack Rose, and the RoseIt's Halloween weekend, and many a cauldron will be smoking with witches' brew. While most Halloween cocktail recipes are quite grotesque in a not-good way (think Bailey's Irish Cream with strawberry schnapps floating on top), we have an entirely different set of ... More >>
Rolls, apps and drinksRare Steak & Sushi615 Second Ave., Minneapolis612.752.9595Hours and details:$5 appetizers$5 sushi rolls$3 house wine, rail cocktails, draft beers or domestic bottled beers$5 featured martinis--Chocolate, Cosmo, Lemon Drop, Appletini or Grape CosmoTucked up on the second ... More >>
W Hotel's Truth or Consequences.When the 24th of July rolls around, it's once again time to put on your party hat and celebrate National Tequila Day. While an old-school margarita made with that weird sweet-n-sour mix is fine and dandy (in fact perfect when you're feeling lazy), here are a few wa ... More >>
bhamsandwich/flickrThe mint julep is our friend.Yes siree, September is National Bourbon Month, and we are here to celebrate our favorite amber fluid--the only one native to the USA-- with you.Made with corn, and named for a county in Kentucky, bourbon making is no free-for-all, there are very sp ... More >>
Michelle Leon A gin for every occasion. It used to be that gin had a bad reputation because it so often tasted like a pine tree air freshener bought at a truck stop. As more cocktails are created using this juniper-based spirit, the shades and variations of flavo ... More >>
St. Paul has got it going on at Camp.
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Man up for "Man vs. Pho" as Nicollet Avenue's restaurants and shops host an deal-filled "Evening Excursion" this Thursday and Friday.
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