Saffron Restaurant and Lounge 123 N 3rd St #101, Minneapolis 612.746.5533
Saffron is so downtown with its contemporary decor and general fancy-pantness-- an ideal setting for that after-work cocktail or evening on the town. Saffron has really good lighting and the cocktails are pretty.
The Harissa Mary may not be for everyone, but what a fiery pleasure it will be to those who love The Mary, and seek out variations on the form. Made with Stoli, fresh tomato juice, beef au jus (yes, you heard me right) and the piece de resistance, harissa--a hot pepper and garlic paste-- crowned with fat green olives and a cumin salt rim.
Saffron has an awesome happy hour with specialty drinks for $5 and lovely tapas for $3.50 M-F from 4-6.