After long, eggnog-fueled bouts with the family, sometimes you’ve just gotta get out and relax with your friends. Adding a few cocktails into the mix is never a bad idea either. So, fortunately for you, there are several Twin Cities bars looking to help you out with just that.
Northeast (& other locations)
Lots of great local taps and plenty of booze await you at both Minneapolis locations if you’re looking to punk up your Christmas a little bit. Sometimes the best place to be on a holiday is at your corner dive.
If beer and bowling are up your Christmas alley, you are in luck. Opening up at 5pm for your drinking and rolling pleasure, this is a great spot to both loosen up and vent all of your holiday frustrations.
Downtown St. Paul
Opening up its doors at 6pm on Christmas day, this place is looking to take care of all your gin-drinking needs. If gin isn't your thing, fret not, for it's got a variety of other non-gin-based cocktails and beers to keep you going all night long.
Not only is this campus dive open on Christmas, but it's also got some live music. Hunker up to the bar with a cheap beer and a shot of whiskey, and relax to the smooth sounds of the Front Porch Swingin'- Liquor Pigs!
Open at 5pm, this spot is rocking a pretty excellent beer selection along with a variety of fine cocktails. Perhaps get yourself a fancy bourbon and an order of deviled eggs, and peacefully enjoy all those friends of yours that didn’t bail and leave town for the holidays.
If you’re looking to get your club on for Christmas, check out this Downtown hotspot and get ready to dance your face off to Prince’s longtime touring DJ, DJ Dudley D! If that’s not really your thing, you can head downstairs to the more quiet Alibi Lounge.
We might be lying if we didn’t disclose that Stareoke at the Triple Rock is easily one of our longest-running holiday traditions... and we know that we’re not alone 'cause every year tons of people turn out to sing their favorite jams loud and proud on the Triple Rock stage. It’s really a beautiful thing. Except when we're singing.
Sometimes you just need cheap beer, whiskey, and a jukebox full of jams for a little post-holiday celebration and the CC Club is 100% the place for that. While it might not fully feel like the punk-rock bar that it used to be, it’ll still work.
Wash down the rest of your holiday eats with a few margaritas and a giant burrito at the place that taught a lot of Minneapolis how to late-night, and where we’ve always appreciated the 365-day-a-year attitude.
If you’re looking for something just a little different, try hitting up the Twin Cities' #1 jazz club.
Moscow boasts the “largest vodka selection in the United States,” as well as some seriously inventive infusions, like horseradish vodka, a shot of which will definitely wake you up no matter how much food you ate earlier.
Beer, cheese curds, people who aren't your misinformed, ornery Uncle Bill. Yeah, that sounds good.
Dominate your family at a whole slew of games (bocce ball, pool, foosball, bean bags, and Golden Tee, etc.), but do it after dinner since this St. Paul boozer won’t be serving food, just drinks. Lots and lots of drinks.
Another 365 stalwart boasting 40 beers on tap (it better, it's on the freakin' sign!), including a lot of nice local stuff, this classic sports hang is the perfect place for an after-dinner drink. Or an after-dinner plate of ribs.
If you’re feeling like a whiskey-capped holiday, you can hit up Minneapolis’ first-ever Irish pub. If that sounds tough to swallow, the entire bar was built piece by piece in Ireland and shipped to Minnesota to help ensure its authenticity. Also, it's open 365 days a year just in case you feel the need to Irish up your Xmas.
It's got a slew of local beers, but maybe, just maybe, your holiday is in need of an Irish car bomb. It is. It totally is.
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1. Grumpy's Bar2200 4th St NE, Minneapolis
2. Bryant Lake Bowl810 W Lake St, Minneapolis
3. Amsterdam Bar & Hall6 6th St W, Saint Paul
4. Palmer's Bar500 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis
5. The Lowry2112 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis
6. The Exchange10 S 5th St, Minneapolis
7. Triple Rock Social Club629 Cedar Ave , Minneapolis
8. CC Club2600 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis
9. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
10. Moscow on the Hill371 Selby Ave, St. Paul
11. The Pourhouse10 S 5th St, Minneapolis
12. Little Tijuana17 E 26th St, Minneapolis
13. Rail Station Bar & Grill3675 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis
14. O'Donovan's Irish Pub700 1st Ave N, Minneapolis
15. O'Gara's Bar & Grill164 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul
This classic Downtown boozer's got traditional American diner fare with outposts in Northeast and Roseville.
The rare combination of bowling alley, restaurant, and cabaret theater, BLB got shows almost every day, from comedy to burlesque.
This rock music venue features a pair of bars and stages in a large warehouse space, and although you can't do most things here that you'd find in the Red Light District, it still has a distinct Dutch theme (minus thousands of people on bicycles).
Palmer's is a nice neighborhood dive that serves ice cold lawnmower beers. The only drawback? It's located at the foot of the Cedar Riverside building.
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.
Let the strobes light your way as you party in style at this downtown nightclub that serves swanky cocktails, delectable finger foods, and hosts some of the best shindigs in the Twin Cities.
This bar and music venue is often blessed with brews curated by Artisanal Imports, and rocked by tunes from local favorites such as The Dead Pigeons, Crankshaft, and L’Assassins.
This Uptown bar and eatery has a divey, rock club feel (complete with jukebox!), rocks an outdoor patio, frequent happy hours, and boozy brunch specials which're highlighted by crispy hash-browns and whiskey & eggs.
A jazz club and bar that attracts some of the best tunes in the country. Oh, AND they've got delicious bistro eats.
Russia is a big place, and Moscow on the Hill offers food from nearly every part. Dine like a Czar with a five course meal of caviar and Russian vodka, salmon, champagne, blini or piroshkies (or just have a normal dinner), and hang out on the outdoor patio on Cathedral Hill.
The Pourhouse retains Spin's 12000sqft but changes pretty much everything else, blending a Prohibition theme (moonshine barrels everywhere, jail cell bathrooms, a bookcase that opens to a hallway leading to a "Hooch Room") with a modern sports/ party bar, replete with a stage for DJs and live acts, graffiti murals, 20-plus TVs, and a 24ft HD projection screen that makes for "the best viewing experience for sports in the Upper Midwest".
The bar pours margs like the Big Tijuana (Cointreau, Grand Marnier, and a "liqueur float" for $1), plus Dos Equis drafts, Schlitz tallboys, tiered tequila flights, and a cocktail cull that includes a tequila Bloody Mary called the Pablo Escobar. The menu's full of griddled American grub (pizza burger, bleu cheese burger, chicken parm, BLT triple decker...) and the standard Mexican madness (enchiladas, tacos, BYO burritos...).
Established in 2004, Rail Station has more than 40 beers on tap and a host of other drinks and food in their menus. It's a quality spot to drop by and have a drink, a bite, and to watch a game.
The happy hour deals at this lively neighborhood Pub are widely heralded-- how can you go wrong for $3 a drink, Monday through Friday? Their outdoor patio happens to be the perfect place to enjoy these insanely cheap libations.