Food & Drink

The definitive Minneapolis beertail & michelada crawl

Published On 08/09/2013 Published On 08/09/2013
A beertail being prepared

Like beer so much that you want to literally drink nothing else ever? In the interest of not losing you as a reader, it's our duty to encourage you to at least drink a bit of water from time to time… and also to broaden those horizons a tad by giving you this nine-stop DT Mpls to St. Louis Park crawl of the best beertails and micheladas this berg's slinging

Stop #1: Barrio Tequila Bar 925 Nicollet Mall; Central; 612.333.9953 Start downtown on Nicollet Mall at Barrio Tequila Bar, where you'll do your best to ignore MSP's most comprehensive selection of tequila as you order off the Cerveza Cocktail menu, which consists of a Pacifico/chipotle/lime/Maggi michelada and the muddled Fresno pepper/Dos Equis El Toro.

Drew Wood

Stop #2: Mason's Restaurant & Barre
528 Hennepin Ave S; Downtown; 612.516.3344
From there, it's over to Hennepin and Mason's Restaurant & Barre, where the Masonic Temple-turned-DT party bar-turned-actually really good craft eatery slings an entire menu of "Boozy Beer", from the salvaged 400 Bar bar, ranging from their Border Beer (mescal/Dos Equis/chili salt/lime) to the Gosling’s dark rum, Strongbow cider, MN maple syrup, and rosemary Dark Apple, aka any mac Stephen King has ever written a story on.

Stop #3: Marin Restaurant & Bar
901 Hennepin Ave; Downtown; 612.252.7000
Working your way towards Uptown on Hennepin, the next stop's Marin Restaurant & Bar, where master cocktailer Mike Rasmussen will take a break from mixing fancy G&T's to make you a Marin Michelada, which pairs house-made savory and spicy michelada mix with a the pils from Victory… Something it will indeed be if you are able to somehow pry yourself from the clutches of Marin's glorious patio and head to the next stop.

Davis Butwin

Stop #4: The Lowry
2112 Hennepin Ave S; Uptown; 612.341.2112
Snag a Nice Ride and head due South on Hennepin, resisting the temptation to stop and climb the Cherry & Spoon and eventually parking both bike and bum at The Lowry, where you will have a Summit EPA like you've never had one before thanks to the Battle Cat, which pairs the aforementioned MN craft staple with vodka, orange Curaçao, lemon & cran juices, and simple syrup. They're also rocking a Plymouth gin, simple syrup, lime juice, Joia grapefruit soda, and Shock Top Belgian White Ale concoction called Snarf, because what else would you call it?

Stop #5: World Street Kitchen
2743 Lyndale Ave S; Uptown; 612.424.8855
Still standing? Still know which direction South is? Good. Then jump over to Lyndale and keep heading that way until you get to food truck-turned-brick and mortar World Street Kitchen which prove you don't need hard alcohol to make a tasty beer cocktail, with a cull of beer and wine cocktails that includes a spicy michelada with Pacifico and the Grain Belt Premium/Angostura bitters Premostura.

Stop #6: Moto-i
2940 Lyndale Ave S; Uptown; 612.821.6262
Trek a few blocks further, and you're at North America's first sake brewpub, Moto-i, where cats went to great length to prove brewing sake is very closely akin to brewing beer, which's why we're telling you that their Sake Cocktails menu totally counts towards this crawl. There's a shload of mystifying options on the list, but you'd be a champ if you just slowed your roll and took down a Stryker's Best Bloody with futsuu sake, Effen cucumber vodka, Sriracha-spiked Bloody mix, and a Thai jerky garnish.

Stop #7: El Nuevo Rodeo
2709 E Lake St; Longfellow; 612.728.0101
Pry yourself from Moto-i's glorious rooftop and hang a left on Lake St until you hit Longfellow Mexican resto/dance club El Nuevo Rodeo. Get back to the roots of beer cocktailing with their fierce Dos Equis draft michelada with a spicy mix that comes served in a frosted glass with a salted rim.

Stop #8: Republic
3001 Hennepin Ave S; Uptown; 612.886.2309
Now that you've had the best traditional michelada in town, reverse course on Lake and head back towards Hennepin, where you'll have to do your best to ignore Uptown's best beer selection in favor of ordering a Left-Handed Caucasian, which is not only what they call yours truly when I go there, but is also what they call their Left Hand Milk Stout/Kahlua/Licor 43/cream White Russian.

Stop #9: McCoy's Public House
3801 Grand Way; St. Louis Park; 952.224.9494
One last jaunt, this time further West down Lake, eventually letting yourself spill onto Excelsior Blvd and into St. Louis Park. Destination: McCoy's Public House. Of note on their beer cocktails menu is the Kentucky Apple (Devil's Cut bourbon, anejo, maple syrup, Angry Orchard cider) and a Guinness mixed with black raspberry liqueur, blackberry puree, and Mexican cacao into their Black Diamond, AKA what you'll stand up and rate as the difficulty of this crawl… just moments before falling face-first into some innocent bystander's club sandwich.

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1. Barrio Tequila Bar 925 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402 (Downtown)

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.

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2. Mason's Restaurant & Barre 528 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (Downtown)

What once was a Masonic temple is now an American resto with affordable eats and a slew of beer-tails that will almost definitely have you lounging in your very-non-secret-society robe tomorrow to recover.

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3. 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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4. The Lowry 2112 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405 (Uptown)

Finally gorgeous-ifying the building that made the block cringe for years, The Lowry's a boozy, modern diner decked with clean leather booths, stained concrete floors, rich wood everywhere, and a sleek fireplace near the hostess stand, which is hopefully staffed by some good-looking HoHos.

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5. World Street Kitchen 2743 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

WSK offers a beautiful amalgam of global flavors that introduces Uptown diners to tastes of the Middle East, Asia, and the Mediterranean with additional American and Mexican influences, all in a fast-casual brick and mortar version of their food truck that started it all. “Fusion” menu items include Bangkok burritos, yum yum rice bowls, and the sweet onion stuffed falafel burger. It’s a family-run joint, and the Wadi family certainly has done an awful lot to progress food culture in the Twin Cities via its restaurants, food truck and cookbook.

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6. 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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7. El Nuevo Rodeo 2709 E Lake St, Minneapolis, 55406 (Longfellow)

A classic Mexstaurant that's attached to a dance club. They've got tons of choices, from seafood to sandwiches to traditional Mexican dishes, plus delicious 'tails like margs or their draft michelada.

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8. Republic Uptown 3001 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

In a republic, the affairs of the state are a "public matter", so in this case, those affairs are more than 50 taps, an extensive cocktail menu and plenty of delicious food to soak up said beer and cocktails.

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9. McCoy's Public House 3801 Grand Way, St. Louis Park, MN 55416

A classic American pub with big comfy booths, McCoy's serves up eats from burgers to brick oven pizzas to build-your-own mac 'n cheese (!), plus dozens of delicious beers.