Minneapolis You already know that Summer in MSP dominates all other Summers, but now Summer drinking in MSP is about to dominate whatever passes for warm-weather-boozing anywhere else, all thanks to Thrillist's Greenway Bar Map, which replaces every pedal-accessible exit from said bike path with a nearby bar/restaurant where you can stop for a drink (or three!), and then immediately work it off on the way to the next spot. Scroll down to see each section...
Stop 1: Punch Pizza Lake St Obama himself has praised the place. A great place to grab a fine slice of fresh Neapolitan pizza. What? You think you know pie better than the Commander-in-chief?
Stop 2: Tryg’s Calhoun Village A good place to stop and get a beer on your trek thanks to a sweet selection of happy hour specials, and a patio where you can relax before the rest of your Greenway journey.
Stop 3: Urban Eatery Dean Pkwy Urban Eatery is just steps from the shore. They’ve got a good selection of local brews on tap, and their martinis will help you relax on your ride without weighing you down.
Stop 4: Tin Fish The Lakes If it’s not raining, the Tin Fish will be packed thanks to views that are hard to beat views, and a Walleye Sandwich, fish tacos, etc., that are too, but it's worth a stop: you can’t get better than a cold beer right on the edge of Lake Calhoun.
Stop 5: Barbette Humboldt Ave If you’re going to bike the whole Green Way, you’ll need some muscles. No wait, I mean mussels. Class up your ride with a cheese plate and some delish French wine.
Stop 6: Chino Latino Irving Ave Chino Latino was offering trendy food in Uptown before Uptown was trendy. Cocktails like the Crack Ho Mojito and the Reverse Cowgirl are must drinks. An awesome fusion of Asian and Latin American cuisine.
Stop 7: Stella’s James Ave Lock your bike up and head to Stella’s iconic rooftop patio, oh, and bring a friend on your ride because Stella’s always has sweet two-for-one deals.
Stop 8: Bar Louie Girard Ave Don’t even bother going inside. BL has a nice patio with a firepit where you can enjoy the Summer weather, plus South-of-the-border drinks like margaritas and fresh mojitos.
Stop 9: Bryant Lake Bowl Bryant Ave Now’s the time to make any repairs to your ride if you need them. Bryant Lake Bowl is right next door to Penn Cycle, so don’t be shy about getting a tune up while you enjoy one of BLB's signature Bloody Marys.
Stop 10: Rainbow Chinese Restaurant and Bar Nicollet Ave Time for a snack. Can’t ride on an empty stomach. Go for the spring rolls or the Schezuan wontons, and pair 'em with unique drinks like their Original Rainbow Martini, which rocks their very own ginger-infused vodka.
Stop 12-16: Midtown Global Market Get off of Park Ave, get back on at 13th Ave Plenty of options here. If all those spring rolls are weighing you down, you can grab some delicious fresh produce at the market. Or maybe do the opposite and grab a fat burger from Andy’s Garage. And don’t forget the Holy Land Deli. Actually, just stop your pub crawl now and live here forever.
Stop 18: La Que Buena 18th Ave This side of Lake St is packed with amazing Mexican restaurants, but the pro-move is heading here, and pairing one of their micheladas or margaritas with the octopus tostada.
Stop 19: Schooner Tavern Minnehaha Ave This is a classic old-neighborhood dive doesn't have anything fancy, so just grab a cold Grain Belt, eat some free popcorn, and play a quick game of pool before a not-quick ride to...
Stop 20: ... Flashback Cafe and Cocktail Lounge Minnehaha Ave While you’re here, maybe bowl a few at the neighboring Memory Lanes, catch the occasional burlesque show, or, if you get here late enough, play a little wild black-light bowling.
Stops 21-22: Hexagon Bar Minnehaha Ave Play the pull tabs, shoot some darts, and drink a few strong drinks while catching a show by a band your friends totally haven't heard of.
Stop 26: The Craftsman Get off at the 38th Ave exit, by Lake St and 43rd Ave Post up on the patio and enjoy one of their intricate cocktails, like a Dark and Stormy, or Emily’s Sumac, which they make w/ a house-infused sumac berry vodka. Nice.
Stop 27: Longfellow Grill W. River Pkwy This awesome urban diner is one of the few MSP few places that offers a weekday morning happy hour. Yep, 8-11am with $3 Bloody Marys, so... um, maybe you should flip our map around and start your bike ride here.