If your idea of nightlife includes hitting a bar for drinks and socializing, then our Minneapolis guide is just what you want. Capitalizing on first-hand experience and extensive research, we've located the best bars in Minneapolis for hanging out and kicking back in. From long-lived mainstays like Lucia's Restaurant and Wine Bar to busy places like Drink that get lots of 10Best reader approval, we present the top bars in town and offer details about them all. What's the energy like? How do the bartenders pour? Are most bars located in the Downtown area? No fear - we share all the facts!

A popular haunt in the West Bank neighborhood, Nomad has definitely earned its stripes among Minneapolis bars. On top of great happy hour specials each week, the pub offers a wide slate of diversions. Monday is the beloved team trivia night, and...  Read More

You don't have to be a Keegan to taste the stout at this University Avenue pub, but it'll certainly earn you some cool points if you brush up on your Irish history and aren't afraid to sing a song or two. The only pub in the state to receive the...  Read More

The Herkimer Pub & Brewery

There's no chance of mistaking The Herkimer Pub & Brewery for anything other than what it is: a paradise for beer lovers. The polished bar and beer stills on display make sure of it. Featuring 16 of their own handcrafted beers and a...  Read More

Lucia's Restaurant and Wine Bar

One of few wine bars in Minneapolis, and arguably the best, Lucia's is a charmingly intimate 30-seat venue, elegantly outfitted with mirrors and contemporary artwork. The bar presents an excellent selection of beer and wine, while the restaurant...  Read More


A whimsical retro theme recalls the '70s and '80s at this relaxed downtown bar and lounge. Enjoy nightly specials on food and drink (occasionally including a buffet of wings and nachos) as you try to spot Farrah Fawcett and Leif Garrett among...  Read More

Ike's Food & Cocktails

Ike's plays up the supper club concept quite well with its vintage booths, hardwoods, kitschy framed memorabilia, and even old school-caliber mixed drinks. Burgers (good ones) and shakes characterize the afternoon offerings, and the kitchen...  Read More

O'Donovan's Irish Pub

Built in Ireland and shipped to the USA piece by piece, O'Donovan's offers a wonderful pub experience complete with the requisite Murphy's, Harp and Guinness collectibles, a cool mural of an Irish rugby match, and even cozy fireside seating...  Read More

Among bars in Minneapolis, Grumpy's is something of a tradition for Twin Cities locals. The summer patio offers a pleasant place to sit back and enjoy a beer from their vast selection of imports and domestics. Keep an eye on the kitchen if...  Read More

Bar Abilene

Ropes and saddles foster a Southwestern theme at this upscale hangout, furthered by delicious Tex-Mex cuisine and a truly exhaustive tequila selection (about 100 brands). A pleasant patio provides a place to eat and drink on temperate evenings,...  Read More

Kieran's Irish Pub

Around since the mid-1990s, this attractive pub remains one of the most popular local bars in Minneapolis. The decor is as authentic as can be: dark stained wood, bric-a-brac celebrating Ireland in general and Guinness specifically, and an...  Read More

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