Best Nightlife

Out of all the clubs and bars in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer a carefully vetted selection to let you explore St. Paul nightlife on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our St. Paul Best Nightlife list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

O'Gara's Bar & Grill

One of the oldest family-owned operations in St. Paul, O'Gara's has been a popular haunt since the 1940s. Consisting of a main bar, the Shamrock Room, O'Gara's Garage and the Brew Pub, this establishment is much more than your average Irish pub....  Read More

Make no mistake, Minnesota Music Café lays proud claim to one of St. Paul's hippest bar scenes. Located just east of downtown, the bar boasts an imported dance floor (okay, so it's from South Dakota!) and banners and artifacts that pay tribute...  Read More

Downtown / Cathedral Hill

The large bar at this popular grill stays packed during the week, accommodating business folks who come in after work and friends who hook up for drinks and good food. For a watering hole, Fabulous Fern's is fairly classy and is a great place to...  Read More

Downtown / Cathedral Hill

Sometimes, you are faced with the problem of not having enough choices. At The Happy Gnome, the opposite is true. When you are faced with 70 craft drafts, over 400 bottled beers, and 300 varieties of scotch and whiskey, how do you choose? It's a...  Read More

The Artist's Quarter

If you're in the market for live jazz, this establishment is a top choice. Musician-owned and -operated, it delivers just what patrons want to hear. Local performers play mostly on weeknights, while better-known, national groups regale folks on...  Read More

Grand Avenue
Dixie's on Grand

The Cajun-style cuisine served up at Dixie's has gained positive publicity in the St. Paul area. Here, you can feast on traditional Southern dishes like barbecue ribs, country-fried steak, collards and the like. If you're hungry, the Cajun pork...  Read More

Great Waters Brewing Company

Great Waters, one of downtown's few brewpubs, offers a laid-back setting ideal for watching the big game or just hanging out with friends. Great Falls brews eight beers on site, and management is dedicated to creating true English-style ales. As...  Read More

Dubliner Pub

Dubliner's, the closest thing to a traditional Irish pub that you'll find in St. Paul, offers a laidback option for those looking for something to do after hours. This is the type of place that enjoys a fair amount of popularity with both...  Read More

Turf Club

Due to its close proximity to a number of Twin Cities universities, Turf Club draws predictably large crowds of students. The bar's hokey, lounge-like atmosphere looks like something out of the 1940s, and it proudly carries the distinction of,...  Read More

The Liffey Irish Pub

Don't miss this unmarked, authentic Irish pub hiding in the bottom of the Holiday Inn Rivercentre. Grab a pint of Guinness or a dram of whiskey and tap your toes to lively music. A superb terrace with encompassing views of downtown, a great...  Read More