Food & Drink

Winter's finally over! MSP's 7 best Spring drinking spots

Published On 04/23/2014 Published On 04/23/2014

You've probably spent the last six months huddled in bars with fireplaces, or picking boozers that're on the Skyway, but Winter has to be over by now, right? Right?! Well, even if we're wrong about that, it's time to start drinking like we're not... at one of MSP's seven best Spring outdoor-drinking spots. 

Stella's Fish Cafe

Stella's Fish Cafe
Uptown
Why you're going: You can pick your own lobster!
Or because this seafood-slinger's Cedar Plank Salmon tastes even better on their expansive roof deck, which's got an enormous projector screen where you can watch something else (besides the weather) that's usually so-so this time of year: the Twins.

Moto-i Ramen & Sake House
Uptown
Why you're going: They actually brew their own sake.
There're lots of places to drink beer brewed on site, but Moto's one of the few places in the country that makes their own cold sake, though this time of year -- in addition to some of their ramen, and sweet sushi options -- you may still want to order one of their warm ones.

Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge

Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge
Northeast
Why you're going: Umbrellas in your drink aren't enough?
Then how 'bout walls that're also waterfalls? Or frozen drinks (like the rum-soaked cherry/ cola/ lime Psycho Zombie slushy) served in skulls? Or a giant patio that -- in a town where a warm open flame always comes in handy -- is, thankfully, lit with tiki torches? We thought so.

Jax Cafe

Jax Cafe
Northeast
Why you're going: You have to see this garden.
You didn't spend the Winter taking care of your yard, but they did! So, post up next to the stream running though their garden, where you can even catch your dinner and let 'em cook it up for you. Seriously!

Marin Restaurant
Downtown
Why you're going: The Marin martini. This place knows their gin.
Pass through the gates into their sprawling street level courtyard and enter a beautiful world, filled with $3 draft beers and next-level cocktails.

Union
Downtown
Why you're going: The roof!
The iconic retractable glass ceiling in the Twin Cities' only "convertible" restaurant lets people pretend they're drinking outside even if... err, when it inevitably starts raining.

Butcher and the Boar

Butcher and the Boar
Downtown
Why you're going: It's better than going to a Twins game.
There are plenty of places to drink before (or after) a Twins game, but stop by the beer garden BatB's got out back for a few bratwursts and sweet pickles, and you'll probably decide it's a perfect place to drink instead of going to a Twins game. 

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1. Stella's Fish Cafe & Prestige Oyster Bar 1400 West Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

With drink specials galore, the patio that launched a thousand Uptown patios, and throngs of just-graduated coeds coming for both, there are dozens of reasons to go to Stella’s, not least of all their Oyster Orgy Happy Hour.

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2. Moto-i 2940 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

A Japanese resto that is also a sake brewery (!), serving their in-house namazake on draft alongside eats like Tokyo frites and miso popcorn on a sweet patio.

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3. Psycho Suzi's 1900 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418 (Northeast)

A tiki bar with hilariously kitschy themed drinks and an incredible patio right on the Mississippi River, plus tons of vegetarian and vegan options (wink, wink. Get the burger.).

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4. Jax Cafe 1928 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN (Northeast)

For nearly 80 years, Northeast's beacon of classic dining Jax Cafe's been "serving steaks, not trends." This steakhouse, outfitted out in 60s esque decor and run by a tuxedo-ed waitstaff, is the perfect spot to go all out on Manhattans and Porterhouse and hold court a la Don Draper in Mad Men.

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5. Marin Restaurant & Bar 901 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (Downtown)

With a luxurious interior, an extensive cocktail menu and a brunch menu specifically for cheat days, this central-city pick inside The Chambers Hotel, is a surefire way to treat yourself. Brunch is packed with classic like breakfast tacos and biscuits and gravy, and lunch and dinner features inventive gourmet dishes like BBQ salmon and duck breast with sweet potato gnocchi. The real star of this show, however, is the bar, which serves specialty gin and tonic (the tonic of which is made in-house).

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6. Union 733 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (Downtown)

This bar and restaurant has a four-season retractable roof, craft cocktails like "Oh Si, Mas!!" (ancho-infused Reposado, mesquite-smoked plum lime sour), and a deliciously creative menu, with snacks like donuts holes with shallots and bacon, or chicken liver parfait with maple/ brioche/ acorn squash brulee.

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7. Butcher & The Boar 1121 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

A deceptively large neighborhood noshery with wood stoves and penny-tiled floors dominated, Butcher puts equal emphasis on bourbon, beer, and shareable plates.

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