This time of year MSP's average temperature is still hovering around the low negatives, so we've come up with a way to make sure going out for a drink before, like, June, is still a positive experience: Thrillist's Skyway crawl. It's a round-up of badass booze destinations, all of which you can reach without ever leaving our city's eight miles of interconnected, temperature-controlled walkways. Get started at...
Bradstreet Craftshouse Restaurant
Building: Graves 601 Hotel
Happy Hour: 5-7pm Tuesday-Friday, 11pm-Close Tuesday-Thursday
Bradstreet isn't messing around with their happy hour cocktails. For just six bucks, you can get schooled by The Professor, a delicious lime and gin drink guaranteed to help you get flunked up. The after school... err, work, food menu is pretty ridiculous too, with edible awesome like maple-glazed chicken and waffles with bacon.
Mission American Kitchen & Bar
Building: IDS Center
Happy Hour: 4-6pm Monday-Friday
Mission American Kitchen has some pretty high standards to live up to (it's literally, in Minnesota's tallest building), and the Crystal Courtyard in the IDS is about as close as you can get to "outside" these days, so enjoy the wide-open spaces... and the braised ribs. And the happy hour. And the cheap taps. And...
Rare Steak & Sushi
Building: The Grand Hotel
Happy Hour: 3-6:30pm
Let's do some happy hour math: first, $3 beers plus $3 sake equals what? Yup, you guessed it: $6 sake bombs. Ok, then next you multiply the $6 sake bombs by the … err. And then you… I think you have to divide it by the $5 Dynamite Rolls? No maybe it's the $5 Mojo Roll? Whatever. Just get all the sushi and sake you can before happy hour ends!
Barrio Tequila Bar
Building: Essex Building
Happy Hour: 3-6pm Monday-Friday, 10pm-Close Monday-Thursday
We don't always have beer-battered Mahi Mahi tacos, but when we do… we get them for $3 a piece, thanks the extensive happy hour menu at Barrio's, which is probably the best place in the Skyway to completely delude yourself into thinking you're somewhere warmer, since their authentic Mexican eats ($4 Spicy Habanero Chicken Tamales, $5 margaritas, etc.) go for almost authentic Mexican prices.
Building: Foshay Tower
Happy Hour: 5-7pm Daily
What Skyway bar crawl would be complete without an actual view of the...um, sky? On the 27th floor, Prohibition boasts vistas unlike any other in the city, and 'tails that're equally unlike any other in the city, including the Shaw of Marquette, made w/a ginger- and saffron-infused gin & Prosecco.
Building: Foshay Tower
Happy Hour: HA! Never!
If you're looking for a cheap place to grab a drink, TURN AROUND. They don't do happy hours. Heck, they hardly do steaks smaller than your head. Still, this is the place to get a cut of meat in the city. And actually the lunch menu is very reasonable, if you want to start your crawl a little early. (Here's a hint: you do!).
1. Prohibition Bar821 Marquette Ave, Minneapolis
2. Mission American Kitchen & Bar710 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis
3. Bradstreet Craftshouse Restaurant601 1st Ave S, Minneapolis
4. Manny's Steakhouse825 Marquette Ave, Minneapolis
5. Rare Steak & Sushi615 2nd Ave,
6. Barrio Tequila Bar925 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
On the 27th floor, Prohibition boasts vistas and a cocktail menu unlike any other in the city, inlcluding The Shaw of Marquette, a ginger and saffron-infused gin and Prosecco drink, plus eats like the Jerked Prawn Sliders.
Located in Minnesota's tallest building, MAK serves up braised ribs that're fall-off-the-bone delicious and their happy hours sports cheap taps and rails.
They've got gourmet small plates, but Bradstreet's bread and butter is ironically actually their cocktails, which are crafted in the pre-Prohibition Era mixology style. I mean, this place was named #6 on Food & Wine Magazine's Top 50 Bars in America. They're that good.
Manny's is a glam, high end steakhouse in the heart of Downtown Minneapolis, serving up choice cuts of beef alongside a solid wine list in a swanky, white table clothed setting. Go VIP and try the 24oz Bone In Ribeye that's aged on the premises for 85 days, resulting in a perfectly tender cut. A visit to Manny's will make you see why it's been repeatedly named one of the best steakhouses in the city.
Recently opened in the Minneapolis Grand, the red-trimmed Rare (chef'd by sushi vet “Chano” Bustamante) now rocks an awesomely exploitable, $30 all-you-can-eat sushi deal, in addition to its premium grass-fed beef, and other high-quality proteins that've been "well-executed", meaning that dude from No Country For Old Men has apparently been busy.
Fun fact: Barrio has over 150 kinds of tequila on their shelves. Can you even count to 150, bro? We'll give you a sec...Yeah, you gave up. That's how many they've got. If that's not enough to get you through the doors, the fact that they're also serving up some killer food, including made to order guac, $5 mahi mahi fish tacos, and chicken enchiladas, should be.