Where to Find the Best Cocktails in Minneapolis
Minneapolis raises the bar for all future cocktail experiences.
Watch the process of carefully crafting the perfect beverage. Local ingredients. Exceptional flavors. Unique combinations. We’re talking house-made syrups, fresh-squeezed juices, collaborations with local coffee shops. We know what we’re doing (or at least our bartenders do). Check out the best places to grab a cocktail in Minneapolis.
Crafting a cocktail at Tattersall is a science. Using house-made liquors, syrups and sodas is just the start of their creativity. Each ingredient is carefully selected to create an exceptional flavor profile that’ll have you wanting to try every cocktail on the menu. Not sure which one to start with? Tell the bartender what you like and they’ll whip something up for you.
Modern twists on your favorite classics and new inventions with unique twists. Will you order from the books or from the lab? Norseman Distillery is characterized by a beautiful, bright space, hand-crafted liquors and fun cocktails to keep your taste buds on their toes.
Shh – it’s a secret. This speakeasy bar underneath the Bachelor Farmer is a hidden gem for great cocktails made by bartenders who know their mixology. Marvel Bar has been a James Beard national semifinalist for Outstanding Bar Program for two years in a row. They’ve also been recognized as one of the best cocktail bars in the entire country by Eater.com and Thrillist. Try one of their 15 hand-crafted cocktails and see what the hype is all about.
Seasonal cocktails is the name of the game at Eat Street Social. Spring in a glass? Yep, you’ll find that here. Warm weather celebrations? They’ve got all the ingredients. If it’s just too hard to decide on one, try their Old Fashioned Flight and get a trio of half cocktails. Their bar is gorgeous, the drinks are delicious and the vibe is unbeatable. A great spot for happy hour or late night drinks and bites.
This industrial, yet cozy, cocktail lounge underneath Borough is the perfect spot for both your tried and true cocktails, like martinis and gimlets, and new age creations with house-made syrups and craft spirits. Sip and relax in this swanky, intimate spot. Pro Tip: Order the burger. One of the best in Minneapolis.
Again, shhh – we’ve got another speakeasy on our hands. Accessible only by the dark alleyway, you may think you took a wrong turn. Keep going until you see the red light, and often times a long line of people waiting to grab a drink at Volstead’s. Grab a small group of friends or head here for date night. The dimly lit, yet intricately decorated cocktail room is a popular gathering spot for those who know about the hidden entrance. Once you enter, you’ll feel like you’re in on a secret. Grab one of their incredible cocktails and some snacks, and enjoy being an insider for the night.
Head to Du Nord for seasonal cocktails, classics like their Fitzgerald & Tonic or a L’Etoile Martini, and a few scientific creations. At Du Nord, the bartenders are encouraged to play around with flavors and ingredients. On any given night, they may have a special cocktail for you to try. But no need to be a cocktail connoisseur. If you don’t know what an ingredient is, just ask. The bartenders want to ensure your cocktail-sipping experience is top-notch.
The cocktails at Icehouse will intrigue you. The garnishes are just as creative as the drinks themselves. Marcona almond stuffed olives, smoked salt rimmed glasses, vanilla cream foam. Let the bartenders at Icehouse show you what they can do. Bonus: they have live music almost every weekend.
Located at Hotel Ivy, Constantine has an outstanding space with unforgettable cocktails. Jesse Held, the bartender at Constantine, has quite the background and was behind some of the most remarkable cocktail bars in the city such as Marvel Bar, Eat Street Social and Parlour Bar. Stop by for a truly delicious drink, or just some old-fashioned conversation.
If you’re not stopping by for their food (which, you should) then it’s imperative that you get here to try out their cocktails. Grab a seat at their bar, let the bartenders recommend a drink, and stare in awe at the beauty of their interior. If you’re feeling more adventurous, head to the “Back Bar,” a hidden cocktail room in the back. Look for the red light in the alley.
Located in a building with storied past that includes once being a hospital, a furniture store, an undertaker service and a plumbing supply store the Day Blocking Brewing Company is definitely rooted in Minneapolis’ history. So it’s no wonder they’ve gotten into the local spirit with specialty cocktail ideas reflecting the city, like Purple Rain and Winter Wonderland. If you’re the spontaneous type, the “Cocktail of the Moment” which is a rotating selection of hot cocktails, may be a refreshing new option to try.
What are Brits known for? Gin, Single malt whiskey and rum, barrel aged, of course. Royal Foundry Craft Spirits is a unique distillery infusing the Minneapolis craft cocktail scene with British flavour. Transport yourself to England by enjoying their large cocktail room and tasting one of their fine creations. During the warmer months be sure to check out their patio! Oh, and did we mention they have an outdoor cycle speedway?
Cocktails at a cidery?! Yes. Trust us. While Minneapolis Cider Co. has some delicious and innovative ciders on tap, they also have some truly creative cocktails made using their very own "Royale," a spirit made from apples. Pair with a charcuterie board and some pickleball, and you have everything you need for a great evening.