1. The Blue Door Pub3448 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis
2. Matt's Bar3500 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis
3. 5-8 Club5800 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis
4. Sapor Cafe428 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis
5. Ray J's American Grill Northeast500 Central Ave SE, Minneapolis
6. The Nook492 S Hamline Ave, St. Paul
7. Grumpy's Bar2200 4th St NE, Minneapolis
8. Crooked Pint Ale House501 Washington Ave S,
The Blue Door Pub might look like your typical Midwest watering hole — wooden booths, twinkle lights, flat-screen tv — but you wouldn't gather from its looks, or lack thereof, is that this is home to the best pub grub in the Twin Cities. Specifically, we're talking about the Blucy Burger, two beef patties stuffed with whatever cheese your order requires (the classic has bleu cheese and garlic, the Cajun Redux have five-pepper, and the Picnic has colby jack).
Matt's is your classic small town dive bar serving up a killer version of Minneapolis's famed Juicy Lucy. This spot actually claims to have invented the knockout burger. Take a very careful first bite and let all of the molten cheese speak for itself. After, grab a PBR or a pint of Premium to help relieve you from your imminent cheese burns.
Founded in 1928, the 5-8 Club was originally a speakeasy, but though their beer is now legal, their burgers are so lethally filled with cheese and bacon, they probably shouldn't be. They're one of two restaurants who claim to have invented the notorious Juicy Lucy.
With its international menu, large cocktail and craft beer selection, plus wide array of small plates, Sapor Cafe has something for everyone who enjoys leaving restaurants full and slightly buzzed.
Known for Ray J's famous wings, allegedly the best in the city, Ray-J's is your go-to for classic diner eats.
With possibly the best Juicy Lucy in all of the Twin Cities, St. Paul's The Nook is a cozy Irish bar featuring drink specials every night of the week.
This classic Downtown boozer's got traditional American diner fare with outposts in Northeast and Roseville.
The first of a potential franchise from the Green Mill gang, Pint feels like a neighborhood bar but bigger, outfitting the huge 501 Club space with rough-hewn oak floors, a dropped tin ceiling, HDTVs, and leather booths, all in furtherance of a concept they fancily call "nouveau urban pub"... brew la la indeed!!