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.
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.
Cobble Social House is a trendy and up-and-coming lounge in the North Loop. With a speakeasy on the first floor and 29 dining tables on the second, Cobble Social House is an intimate spot to go to with friends before or after your dinner reservations in the neighborhood. Cobble Social House is easy to find – just look for golden eye.
Shhh – we’ve got a 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.
Bar Rufus honors the multi-faceted patriarch of Rand Tower Hotel, Rufus Rand. An accomplished pilot in the Lafayette Flying Corps in World War I, innovator in American aviation, father, and husband, his essence is celebrated with recognizable cocktails, featuring inventive ingredients and flavor combinations that deviate from the classic.
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.
At this basement bar, 70s rec room meets cocktail lounge. This place feels like a hidden secret — you enter through a door in the alley into an dark, intimate, and vibey lounge. Their curated list of craft spirits can be sipped neat or mixed up in the classic cocktails we know and love.
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.
Giulia's lush atmosphere accentuated with marble and plants makes for the perfect spot for a happy hour with friends. Try the Dodger, a lovely concoction of vodka, lime cordial, mint essence and soda, or the Maria, I Hardly Knew Ye — rum, pineapple, maraschino, and unrequited love. Afterwards, you'll probably want to stay for a tasty Italian dinner.
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.
At The Butcher's Tale's Beer Garden you'll find much more beer. Their cocktail menu is filled with innovated and delicious drinks. The Banana Bread Old Fashioned, which celebrates their banana-infused whisky, and Strawberry Fields, somewhat of an updated margarita, are the highlights of the drink menu. And depending on the time of year, they have stellar seasonal cocktails, like a Pumpkin Sour.
At Earl Giles in Northeast Minneapolis, you'll enjoy unique craft cocktails and delicious bites, so come hungry. They create and specialize in non-alcoholic cocktail mixers, tonics, and garnishes for professional bartenders and those of us who are less experienced. Relax for a quick drink or bite among the luscious greenery throughout the space, or stay a little longer at their restaurant.
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.
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.
This signature restaurant within Minneapolis' Four Seasons Hotel is the vision of James Beard award-winner Chef Gavin Kaysen. The lively lobby bar crafts amazing cocktails and is perfect for date nights, celebrations, and anything in between. Try the rose and jasmine-flavored Arpege or the gin-based madHAUS.