Food & Drink

MSP's Bartender of the Year Shakes Up the Cocktail Scene

Published On 11/02/2016 Published On 11/02/2016
Courtesy of Chad Moreau
Courtesy of Chad Moreau
Courtesy of Chad Moreau
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1. Parlour 730 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (North Loop)

On the lower level of North Loop’s Borough, you’ll find Parlour, a cozy and intimate bar serving up classic cocktails, like martinis and gimlets, with fresh-squeezed juice, house-made syrups, elixirs, and artisanal spirits. The small bites menu touts New American dishes like tuna crudo and the Parlour Burger, made with ground sirloin, ribeye, brisket, and American cheese. The space is equally industrial and warm; the concrete ceiling is complemented by plush, tufted banquettes and small tables that sit in front of a large wall of windows.

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2. Lyn 65 Kitchen & Bar 6439 Lyndale Ave S, Richfield, MN 55423

Richfield’s Lyn 65 Kitchen & Bar is a haven for fried chicken and pizza devotees. On its rotating menu, the American restaurant and cocktail bar delivers local and organic produce on a menu that also includes an impressive craft beverage program; try the signature Tijuana Brass Smash. Thin-crust pizza, made with milk and honey, strays from Italian convention and is made in a California-made replica of a massive Italian oven. Chicken wings are burnished with either Togarashi or Northstar dry rubs, and their crispy skin glistens, even in the casual, dimly lit room.

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3. Town Talk Diner & Gastropub 2707 East Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (Longfellow)

Town Talk has lived many lives in Longfellow as a classic diner, a French restaurant, and currently a modern gastropub, but the Lake Street landmark still shines as a beacon with its retro, vanity-lit sign, and serves an ever-changing menu of seasonal American plates (brunch is a fan favorite) and inventive craft cocktails. For dinner, you can nosh on fresh, locally sourced dishes that have included braised beef cavatelli and pan-roasted scallops (alongside a Sazerac or Dill Gimlet), and on Sunday mornings, shrimp & grits and cinnamon French toast with a prosecco-and-guava Brunch Bellini.

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4. 508 Bar + Restaurant 508 1st Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (Central)

Tons of locals pour into this buzzy bi-level bar and restaurant in Central Minneapolis, where a wide range of standby eats -- from salads to burgers to tacos -- are served up alongside craft cocktails that lean on the sweet side, like the Patio Punch, mixed with Tito's, Tattersall Orange Crema, St. Germain, raspberry, balsamic, rosemary, and prosecco. The industrial-chic spot is also popular for its daily specials and happy hours that hook customers up with cheap deals on wings, domestic taps, and more. You'll want to try one of 508's several tasty variations on mac & cheese, too, such as the cajun beef mac.

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