Food & Drink

20 fireplace-equipped drinking spots in MSP

Published On 01/29/2014 Published On 01/29/2014

Since it won't be above approximately negative degrees in the Twin Cities until around the time the Twins fall out of contention, there are really only two things you can do: 1) move someplace warm (and with a good baseball team) like LA, or 2) find a bar with a fireplace. Helping you with the latter, this guide to the 20 best fireplace-equipped bars in MSP.

The Living Room

The Living Room
825 Marquette Ave S
Step 1) warm up by the fireplace in the Living Room. Step 2) take the elevator up to Prohibition on the 27th floor for a unforgettable view and an almost equally warming handmade cocktail. Step 3) repeat Step 2.

Krona Bar & Grill
618 2nd Ave S
Another hotel bar that will warm your heart… or feet, or whatever... not least because in addition to a fully functional fireplace, they've got some sweet $5 happy hour eats.

Sanctuary
903 Washington Ave S
A perfect pre-Guthrie dining spot with exposed brick that only helps to enhance the restaurant's warm (no doubt thanks the freakin' fire!) atmosphere. 

Brit's Pub
1110 Nicollet Mall
It's best known for its patio and lawn bowling, but is named for a group of people who know something about terrible weather, so, while there's a fire to keep your outsides warm, they're also serving old school insides-warming classics like bangers and mash.

The Oak Grill
700 Nicollet Mall
Word has it that the fireplace here was moved all the way from Salisbury, England. And that it's been used for over 300 years… which is about how old this wood-paneled/ leather-appointed hangout feels, and is about how long it'll be till you get warm without help from some sort of combustion.

Club Jäger
923 Washington Ave N
Patio? Check. Dancing? Check. And of course, that coveted fireplace? Check. In fact, there's so much going on at Club Jäger in one particular category, but you'll just have to give it a...ugh, shot

WXYZ Bar
900 Washington Ave S
The lobby of the Aloft hotel offers a more contemporary take on fireside drinking, and thanks to sleek modern furniture, neon colors, etc., is a cool place for the Downtown crowd to get warm.

Butcher & The Boar
1121 Hennepin Ave
This deceptively large neighborhood noshery is a go-to for badass wood-fired meat, and boasts a (presumably wood-fired) fireplace, which if nothing else, you can huddle by while scarfing their signature Coke and Bourbon float.

Hell's Kitchen
80 S 9th St
In addition to one of the Cities' best brunch menus, this place has a whole Fireplace Dining Room, so called because of its enormous hearth. 

The Lowry
2112 Hennepin Ave
One of the Blue Plate restaurants, it's worth risking a blue face for their poached eggs and other brunch specialities, and a chance to poach your eggs by their roaring fire. 

Tryg's
3118 W Lake St
Not your typical Uptown meat market, Tryg's classes things up and greets you with a roaring scorcher right when you walk in AND a giant outdoor wood fire pit, which you'll have to take our word for until patio weather arrives in, like, forever from now.

JJ's Coffee + Wine Bistro
1806 W Lake St
A great place to stop after a walk around Lake Calhoun... or instead of a walk around Lake Calhoun thanks to a roaring fire, and views over said lake.

Red Stag Supper Club

Red Stag Supper Club
509 1st Ave NE
The crown jewel of Northeast cuisine, Red Stag boasts quaint old-school ambiance that all but does what a smart customer does, even before ordering their gussied-up cheese curds: begs for a fire.

Keegan's Irish Pub
16 University Ave NE
The Cities' most well-known Irish drinking establishment has kept countless people warm with whiskey and Guinness, but they've also got a killer fire place that has kept countless people coming back for said whiskey and Guinness.

Jax Cafe
1928 University Ave NE
Screw the fireplace, this place has a man-made river where you can catch your own rainbow trout and then have 'em cook it for dinner while you warm up by the aformentioned fireplace

Wilde Roast Cafe
65 SE Main St
An Ideal Husband is presumably played by Rupert Everett/the type of guy who takes his lady to this literary-ish named spot with big armchairs and leather couches arranged around the fire.

Psycho Suzie's
1900 Marshall St NE
An enormous outdoor patio with multiple fire pits that's perfect for Summertime drinking, but also for making your own s'mores, like, right now. 

Beacon Public House

Beacon Public House
615 Washington Ave SE
The blue booths and salvaged wood walls make this University Campus spot seem like it's from another era, but the kids pretending to study by the fire between classes, make it seem like any era when kids went to classes.

Nomad World Pub
501 Cedar Ave
This place's big ol' fire pit and its super solid beer list (Magic Hat #9, Lakefront Riverwest Stein, etc.) make it the perfect place for you to... waitforit!... wander in out of the cold.

Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
1430 Washington Ave S
Ever wanted to get involved in local politics but then thought… nah I'd rather just drink? Then this civic-ly named suds spot is for you. Plus you can burn any incriminating documents in their conveniently placed fireplace.

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1. The Living Room 821 Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402 (Downtown)

With artisan cocktails and a cozy fireplace, check out The Living Room or its sister bar Prohibition for a cool way to stay hot, no matter the weather.

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2. Krona Bar & Grill Restaurant 618 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55402 (Downtown)

A wood-paneled and leather-clad interior houses and classic cocktails in the Crowne Plaza.

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3. Sanctuary 903 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415 (Downtown)

Exposed brick, a warm atmosphere, and top-notch American and French fare are what you can expect from this Downtown eat/drinkery.

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4. Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment 1110 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (Downtown)

For over 20yrs Brit's has been the Twin Cities' go-to for taking in the best "football" (L.O.L.) and rugby matches, and they've also got killer pub trivia, afternoon tea (!), and a rooftop that's hard to beat.

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5. The Oak Grill 700 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402 (Downtown)

Word has it that the fireplace here was moved all the way from Salisbury, England. And that it's 300 years old… which would definitely explain the vintage feeling going on in this wood-paneled and leather appointed old school hangout.

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6. Clubhouse Jager 923 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (North Loop)

Nightly entertainment like DJs and more, plus killer eats for lunch and dinner, AND a patio and firepit?! Yes.

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7. WXYZ Bar 900 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415 (Downtown)

In the lobby of the Aloft hotel, a this contemporary boozer features sleek modern furniture, neon colors, an extensive cocktail selection, and flatscreens all around.

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8. Butcher & The Boar 1121 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

A deceptively large neighborhood noshery with wood stoves and penny-tiled floors dominated, Butcher puts equal emphasis on bourbon, beer, and shareable plates.

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9. Hell's Kitchen 80 S 9th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402 (Downtown)

In the heart of downtown Minneapolis, appropriately located in a beautiful underground space, you’ll discover a chef-owned restaurant known for its damn good food: unique but not fancy, interesting but not fussy. Open for for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks 7 days a week, the restaurant/bar also offers free live music most evenings and during weekend brunch, plus late night “rock-the-house” shows Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays til 2am.

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10. The Lowry 2112 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405 (Uptown)

Finally gorgeous-ifying the building that made the block cringe for years, The Lowry's a boozy, modern diner decked with clean leather booths, stained concrete floors, rich wood everywhere, and a sleek fireplace near the hostess stand, which is hopefully staffed by some good-looking HoHos.

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11. Tryg's 3118 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55416

Tryg's keep things classy with a patio, a giant wood fire pit, and of course a menu chock-fill of classic American dishes like a half rack of baby back ribs, and more.

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12. JJ's Coffee + Wine Bistro 1806 W Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

Watch the sunset across the water while enjoying an expertly selected glass of wine at this Uptown, family-owned bistro.

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13. Red Stag Supperclub 509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Red Stag's got organic, Northwoods-inspired eats, classic cocktails, and live music nightly.

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14. Keegan's Irish Pub 16 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413 (Northeast)

Grab a Guinness and take a seat by the fire at this Northeast Irish pub, which serves up bar food plus brunch. Guinness themselves think that Keegan's has the best pour in town, so this is the only place you are going to want to grab a pint in Minneapolis.

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15. Jax Cafe 1928 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN (Northeast)

For nearly 80 years, Northeast's beacon of classic dining Jax Cafe's been "serving steaks, not trends." This steakhouse, outfitted out in 60s esque decor and run by a tuxedo-ed waitstaff, is the perfect spot to go all out on Manhattans and Porterhouse and hold court a la Don Draper in Mad Men.

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16. Wilde Roast's Cafe 65 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414 (Northeast)

With their black granite bar spoting eight taps including locals like Summit and Grain Belt, and Oscar Wilde-ian takes on classic cocktails like the Dorian Gray Goose Martini, Wilde Roast Cafe is your go-to for drinks and eats in Northeast.

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17. Psycho Suzi's 1900 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418 (Northeast)

A tiki bar with hilariously kitschy themed drinks and an incredible patio right on the Mississippi River, plus tons of vegetarian and vegan options (wink, wink. Get the burger.).

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18. The Beacon Public House 615 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 (Dinkytown)

As the signature restaurant of the Commons Hotel, this gastropub prides itself on offering a casual and contemporary ambience while plating regional-influenced cuisine and superior tasting cocktails.

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19. Town Hall Brewery 1430 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis , MN 55454 (West Bank)

A casual brews and eats joint with tons of taps. They pride themselves on having "some of the best beer in America", so you should probably go and find out.

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20. The Nomad World Pub 501 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454 (West Bank)

The Nomad has an amazing patio in warmer months and a big ol' fire pit so you can enjoy it in the cold ones, too. Take a load off, traveler.

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