Food & Drink

The Official Light Rail Bar Map of MSP

Published On 03/04/2015 Published On 03/04/2015

If you're riding the METRO's Blue or Green Line, chances are you've either already had a couple drinks, or you really need a few. Luckily, your second-favorite men's lifestyle site is here to help you with the latter by replacing each stop with a watering hole that's within easy walking distance. Of course, just like the Light Rail, actually getting you where you want to go, well that wasn't really possible, but we did our best, even though we had to skip a couple of stops. See the whole map here, and get the deets for every stop below.

Blue Line

Interchange - Fulton Brewery
Warehouse - Kieran’s Irish Pub
Nicollet Mall - Brasserie Zentral
Government Plaza - Atlas Grill
DT East - Sanctuary Restaurant
Riverside - The Triple Rock Social Club
Franklin - The Cabooze
East Lake - Harriet Brewing Co.
38th St - Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub
46th St - The Sunrise Inn
50th St - Sea Salt Eatery (spring, summer, fall only) or Cap’s Grille (food only)
American - Martel’s Lounge (Crowne Plaza Hotel)
Mall of America - Sky Deck Sports Grille & Lanes

Green Line

Interchange - Fulton Brewery
Warehouse - Kieran’s Irish Pub
Nicollet Mall - Brasserie Zentral
Government Plaza - Atlas Grill
DT East - Sanctuary Restaurant
West Bank - Republic
East Bank - Stub & Herbs
Stadium Village - The Hole Sports Lounge
Prospect Park - Surly Brewing Co.
Westgate - Foxy Falafel
Raymond - The Dubliner Pub
Fairview - Tracks Sports Bar
Snelling - Turf Club
Hamline - Groundswell
Lexington - Johnny Baby’s
Victoria - Ngon Vietnamese Bistro
Dale - Family Lao-Thai Restaurant
Western - Mai Village
Capital/Rice St - Sweetwater Grille & Bar
Robert St - Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza
10th St - Tin Whiskers Brewing Company
Central - Amsterdam Bar & Hall
Union Depot - Heartland Restaurant

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1. Fulton Brewery 414 6th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (Downtown)

What began as a homebrewing operation in a one car garage has expanded into a full-blown enterprise. The taproom at Fulton is open every weekend, which is perfect for everyone who doesn't work on the weekend. And if you do work on the weekend, growler sales are also available. It looks like they've thought of everything, because they have!

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2. Kieran's Irish Pub 601 1st Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (Downtown)

A classic downtown watering hole only a few blocks from Target Field, Kieran's is a great place to grab a pint and their famous fish and chips.

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3. Brasserie Zentral 505 S. Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402

The menu's full of dumpling and spätzle and other European comfort foods from Chef Klein's heritage.

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4. Triple Rock Social Club 629 Cedar Ave , Minneapolis, MN 55454 (West Bank)

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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5. Harriet Brewing 3036 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (Longfellow)

Harriet Brewing is all about traditional European-style beer in this sea of American craft. The brewers produce winning Belgian ales and German lagers and the taproom is host to many events and activities like live music … like any good beer hall, Harriet is all about atmosphere because it’s almost as important as what’s on tap. You will also find a number of popular food trucks lined up outside that you and your dog can enjoy (although we can’t say that there are any pooch trucks).

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6. Northbound Smokehouse and Brewpub 2716 E 38th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (Powderhorn)

Regardless what direction you're heading, you need to go Northbound. This resto/on-site craft brewery churns out house-smoked meats for fresh sammies and offers a vast selection of brews to wash em' down, in a large and friendly environment complete with bar seating, tables and an outdoor patio for the warmer months.

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7. Sea Salt Eatery 4825 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55467 (Longfellow)

Only open from April-October, Sea Salt dishes out the freshest of seafood (crab cakes, fried oysters, CLAM FRIES?!?) and they've got local beers like Surly and Summit on tap.

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8. Sky Deck Sports Grille & Lanes 401 E Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425

Counteract your Mall of America angst by chowing down on a half-pound burger, stone-fired flatbread pizza, or "Ybor" Cuban sandwich at this lively sports bar. Guests can also playing skee ball, billiards, and bowling, and can partake in generous happy hour deals that feature discounted pints and well drinks. The American-style menu and variety of entertainment outlets make Sky Deck a great spot for any occasion.

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9. Republic 221 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454 (Downtown)

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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10. The Hole Sports Lounge 2501 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 (Dinkytown)

You don't have to shank somebody to check out the latest Dinkytown renovation (though don't let that deter you!), which has all the huge-TV trappings of a modern sports bar, plus a solid beer list (Surly, Schell's, Brooklyn, etc), and a menu with four kinds of wings (buffalo, BBQ, jerk, Thai chili), a taco burger topped with ancho chile/ jalapenos/ chipotle aioli, and a stash of flatbread pizzas.

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11. Surly Brewing Company 520 Malcom Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 (Summit University)

Based in Brooklyn Center, Surly offers a range of house-made microbrews, plus a solid food menu to soak them all up. Forget about pretzels and wings -- this sleek beer hall is serving elevated plates like pepita crusted catfish, charcuterie boards, ricotta gnocchi, and skillet cornbread. You'll even find a full restaurant upstairs, the Brewer's Table, which has a beer pairing menu to complement dishes that range from burgers to fish tacos to smoked pork shoulder.

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12. Foxy Falafel 791 Raymond Ave, St. Paul, MN (University)

Foxy Falafel has been expanding your waistline for years. The food truck's brick-and-mortar still has its mainly organic offerings (plus alcohol!) and stays true to the falafel focus.

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13. Turf Club 1601 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104 (Downtown St Paul)

Set in the Midway, TC's a live music venue that's carved out a name as a classic Twin Cities rock bar that's been around since the '40s.

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14. Black Sheep Pizza 600 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1249 (North Loop)

The first coal-burning restaurant in Minneapolis (!), Black Sheep cranks out delicious pizzas using a method that is practically emission-free. Slight more important, the crusts are given a great smoky flavor along with a slight char. There are over 10 specialty pies to choose from, topped with anything from Persian beef to oyster mushroom. But of course, standard toppings are also available (and recommended).

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15. Tin Whiskers Brewing Co. 125 9th St E Ste 127, Saint Paul, MN 55101

Tin Whiskers is your typical American microbrewery in that they make a wide variety of styles, but what sets this brewing company apart is its founders and their dedication to science … and its wall to ceiling windows. All electrical engineers who bonded over their love of beer, the founders take all of their recipes through a scientific process that gets as nitpicky as shipping the right water and using different yeast for every brew. All of the beers are named after electrical engineering terms that make absolutely no sense to us, but what matters is that the Flip Switch IPA is drinkable but still hoppy and the Watts Wheat Wine is spiced, complex, and not overly sweet.

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16. Amsterdam Bar & Hall 6 6th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55102 (Downtown St Paul)

This rock music venue features a pair of bars and stages in a large warehouse space, and although you can't do most things here that you'd find in the Red Light District, it still has a distinct Dutch theme (minus thousands of people on bicycles).

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17. Heartland Restaurant & Wine Bar 289 5th St E, St. Paul, MN 55101 (Downtown St Paul)

Heartland Restaurant is committed to serving a menu of ingredients indigenous to the American and Canadian Midwest. This menu changes nightly and features two fixed price options as well as extensive a la carte selections. Heartland’s food selections mix and match small plates, large plates, and sides, ranging from soba noodles with autumn harvest vegetables and mushroom broth to a house charcuterie selection with pickles and Summit beer mustard, as well as chorizo sausage with kraut, cornbread, and honey mustard. The interior is elegant yet understated, with glossy light wood parquet floors and soaring ceilings with exposed beams.

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