Food & Drink

Habanero vodka and beef sticks: these are MSP's best Bloody Marys

Published On 02/03/2014 Published On 02/03/2014
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Hell's Kitchen
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1. Bryant Lake Bowl 810 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

The rare combination of bowling alley, restaurant, and cabaret theater, BLB got shows almost every day, from comedy to burlesque.

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2. Triple Rock Social Club 629 Cedar Ave , Minneapolis, MN 55454

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.

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3. Republic 221 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

With more than 30 reasonably priced brews on draught, 30-foot oak bar, and gastropub-quality food, Republic will find its way into your heart quicker than its gastropub-quality food.

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4. Hell's Kitchen 80 S 9th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

In a gorgeously Gothic subterranean space in the heart of Downtown Minneapolis, you’ll discover chef-owned Hell's Kitchen, which is known for its, well, heavenly all-day brunch. Alongside hearty dishes like the fan-favorite wild-rice & hazelnut porridge, lemon-ricotta hotcakes, and the aptly named Juicy Lucifer burger with a molten cheese center, it hosts live music during weekend brunch, plus late-night “rock-the-house” shows Thursday through Saturday that run 'til the wee hours of the night. It prevents things from getting too hellish with painted reminders on the wall to ditch "surly attitudes" and "stingy tips."

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5. Ike's Minnetonka 17805 Highway 7, Minnetonka, MN

Like every friend who got married and moved out of the city for better school districts, larger lot sizes, and proximity to the lake, Ike's has set up shop in Minnetonka. Unlike with every friend who's moved, though, you'll actually want to visit Ike's, who're bolstering their white-jacketed waiters and neo-Bogart aesthetic with a fireplace'd patio and expanded menu.

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6. Legends Bar & Grill 825 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

This boozer serves up classic American eats like burgers and sandwiches and will gladly host your party at their tap-outfitted bar.

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7. 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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8. Muddy Waters Bar & Eatery 2933 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Moving on up after a recent rent-jacking, the storied Uptown coffeehouse has transformed a storage building down the street into an indoor/outdoor, loft-like wonderland with mismatched vintage décor and exposed concrete fronting a full kitchen and bar, all in an effort to create the feel that "an amazing party happened there 80yrs ago", meaning it's probably now safe to show up without looking like you had nothing to do beforehand.