Food & Drink

A town-by-town guide to Minnesota's best bars "Up North"

Published On 07/02/2014 Published On 07/02/2014
Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant & Bar
Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge
Thrillist
Shep's on 6th
Ernies On Gull
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1. Zorbaz 36215 County Rd 66, Cross Lake, MN 56442

Boat up or drive, either way, Zorbaz is always a good time. There're a bunch of locations up North, but Cross Lake is probably the one with the most action. With lots of games, great drink deals, and even a beach volley ball court, it's definitely an awesome spot to meet up with other young folks up North.

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2. Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant & Bar 37627 Co. Rd. 66, Cross Lake, MN 56442

The food isn’t anything too exciting, but it's the place to be in Cross Lake on Fridays and Saturdays. It's also got a killer patio for lazy Summer afternoons or if you're look for a place to escape from the craziness that the lake turns into on the weekends.

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3. Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge 25039 Tame Fish Lake Rd, Deerwood, MN 56444

This lodge has everything you need when you're up North: a great place to eat and drink, a golf course and beautiful views of Bay Lake. There are three distinct dining options, Ruby’s is more formal, the Bear Pine Bar has handcrafted cocktails, and Zig’s Restaurant has a variety of fresh new menu creations and a full bar with signature cocktails. Plus there's a sweet swimming beach with water trampoline.

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4. Lonesome Pine Restaurant and Bar 13726 Katrine Dr, Deerwood, MN 56444

The Lonesome Pine opened way back in 1936, and in 2002, the Goolsbee family took over. This gem is slightly out of the way, but it's worth a visit for one of the friendliest restos in Minnestota.

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5. Mr. Jim's 840 Highway 23, Foley, MN 56329

Look for great burgers and live musics. Not a bad destination if you’re looking for a little dancing away from the city or something to break up nights of s'mores and bonfires.

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6. Shep's on 6th 315 S 6th St, Brainerd, MN 56401-3537

It's probably ones of the best places for sports fans to enjoy a beer and the game in Brainerd. It's got outdoor seating during the Summer too.

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7. Ernie's On Gull Lake 10424 Squaw Point Rd, East Gull Lake, MN 56401

This family-friendly resto on Gull Lake has patios for the Summer months and TVs to watch the game during the rest of the year. And even better than the DJs on the weekend is the fact that it's right on the water's edge, which means perfect views no matter if you're indoors or out.

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