Sure, we've got plenty of breweries to suit your fancy, but wine is just as important to us in Minneapolis! From local wineries to wine bars and cafes, this city is waiting to fill your glass.
As a food writer and founder of Madison in Minneapolis, I love talking to people about food and restaurants and helping them discover places they have not yet been. Recently, Minneapolis has put itself on the map as a destination for great wine. The city has received recognition from several national publications thanks to our fabulous wine experts, sommeliers and restaurants owners with a passion for wine. I had to see for myself all the amazing wine spots we have right in our own backyard. See below for some of my favorite spots!
For the Live Music Lover: Troubadour Wine Bar
Troubadour is one of the biggest kept secrets in Minneapolis. This wine bar is my favorite place to go before or after dinner for a great glass of wine in a cozy atmosphere. They are open until 1:00am every night (yes, even on Sundays!) and have awesome live music each night. Their wine selection is one of the best in town, and the staff is very knowledgeable if you can't decide what to get. They also have small bites, cheese/meat boards, and sandwiches that go along great with the wine - try their chocolate plate!
Trapeze is a champagne bar located right next to Barbette in Uptown. The sparkling list is lengthy, and there are some solid options for the champagne expert in your life. They have creative small bites you can have along with your champagne (tomato flight, bacon wrapped dates, anchovies, etc.) It's only open Thursday - Saturday evenings, but the space is also great for private events.
Sake, a Japanese rice wine, comes in several different flavors and varieties. If you’re into sake, Kado No Mise in North Loop is the perfect option for you. You can order a glass, carafe, or bottle, and the menu provides thorough descriptions of each selection the restaurant offers. If you’re ready to splurge, Kado No Mise also has “premium” bottles of sake. Kado No Mise serves simply but beautifully made sushi, true to what you’d find if you were in Japan. The atmosphere is sophisticated and clean, and they have a good happy hour. They are open for lunch and dinner.
Beaujo's is a unique wine bar on 50th and France in Edina. It's a great spot to meet friends, split a bottle of wine, and devour their ham and cheese sandwich (it's my favorite!) The inside is cozy, with large windows up front that let in a lot of sunlight. They have over 30 wines available and you can order them as a half-glass, glass, flight, or bottle. Their happy hour is 4-6PM Sunday - Thursday. Enjoy!
For Those Trying to Be a Little More Healthy - Bar Brava
Everyone seems to be raving about natural wine these days. What makes wine natural? The term is broadly used to describe wine with no additives (chemicals, sulfur, filtering, etc.), making them less manipulated or changed from their natural state. Bar Brava, a new restaurant and wine bar in North Minneapolis, has over 100 natural wines of all varieties available to diners. When visiting Bar Brava, I urge you to have Jill Mott - Bar Brava’s wine director and established sommelier - pour you something new or funky. You’re likely to be pleasantly surprised. Bar Brava’s wine pairs perfectly with the food from Chef Nick Anderson. The menu is diverse, with everything from ramen to Spanish tortillas.