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Eater Twin Cities Cocktail Heatmap: Where to Drink Right Now

Where to get pitchers of margaritas, goblets of gin gimlets and mescal mixes

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Here in the Twin Cities there are plenty of great places to grab a drink, but where is best to imbibe right now? That answer can be found right here, inside the Cocktail Heatmap. These are the newest, hottest, best bars.

Fresh this month, we welcome the gorgeous cocktails from Fhima’s.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Colita

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5400 Penn Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55419
(612) 886-1606
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Marco Zappia’s drinks properly dazzled Linden Hills at Martina and now it’s Armatage neighborhood’s turn for another stunner of a room and bar menu. Zappia’s second collaboration with chef/owner Daniel de Prado again turns in next level drinks that are unlike anything else the world has ever seen. Each ingredient is fermented, aged or otherwise coaxed into being resulting in familiar flavors that often deliver a subtly layered drink. Everything is served in imaginative ways from the branded ice cubes to a rubber duckie in a salt foam bath.

From custom ice to the bloomed ingredients: this spot is killing the cocktail game
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2. In Bloom at Keg & Case Market

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928 7th St W
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 237-9630
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As much as everyone is raving about the stunning room and all-wood-fire cooked food, the cocktail list inside this new restaurant on West 7th deserves their own spotlight. Elegant takes on classic sippers are delivering intense and desirable flavors in every glass. Slip into the darkened bar space, which unlike the packed dining room doesn’t require a reservation.

The dining room of In Bloom
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3. Eastside Eat + Drink

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305 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 208-1638
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Jamie Malone and her merry band of mischief makers have taken over this restaurant and are slowly rolling out their own designs. As the restaurant transitions from old to new menus, the bar is the first spot that fans of irreverence and high class flavor are flocking to. Order up Sam Marshall’s Aperol spritz for two in a lovely golden swan.

Martini accompaniments
Isabel Subtil for Eastside

4. Popol Vuh

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1414 Quincy St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 345-5527
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The second restaurant from the same people who just opened the casual taco spot next door is a soothing dining room with an alluring mezcal list. Check out the tart and smooth mix of the bourbon spiked Morelos Sour.

Morelos Sour at this new Mayan fine dining hot spot
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5. Lat14 Asian Eatery

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8815 7th Ave N
Golden Valley, MN 55427
(763) 400-7910
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The simple drink names like Cucumber or Old Fashioned are a welcome addition to the Minneapolis cocktail scene, as is this fantastic happy hour spot in Golden Valley. This sleek bar feels like something in the heart of the city, but has more affordable prices. Cocktails are balanced, refreshing, and perfectly paired with the spicy Southeast Asian dishes served in this brand new restaurant.

Lavender: Aperol, gin, St. Germain, lavender and citrus juice
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6. The Dough Room

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300 Superior Blvd
Wayzata, MN 55391
(952) 473-6500

This just-opened new Italian restaurant in Wayzata is serving mostly classic cocktails done very well. Try the negroni that gets just a little nudge from classic to modern sipper with that welcome bittersweet balance.

That’s a cocktail spread
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7. Centro

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1414 Quincy St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

The hottest days of summer demand a pitcher of margaritas from Centro. All of the cocktails inside this vibrant taco shop in Northeast are built for summer enjoyment and sharing with a crew of friends.

8. Fhima’s Minneapolis

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40 S 7th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 353-4792
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The art deco space sets a gorgeous stage for cocktails from industry veteran Shawn Jones. His beautiful drinks are perfect for the chilly weather with smooth spirits garnishes like charred rosemary.

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1. Colita

5400 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419
From custom ice to the bloomed ingredients: this spot is killing the cocktail game
Eliesa Johnson/Colita

Marco Zappia’s drinks properly dazzled Linden Hills at Martina and now it’s Armatage neighborhood’s turn for another stunner of a room and bar menu. Zappia’s second collaboration with chef/owner Daniel de Prado again turns in next level drinks that are unlike anything else the world has ever seen. Each ingredient is fermented, aged or otherwise coaxed into being resulting in familiar flavors that often deliver a subtly layered drink. Everything is served in imaginative ways from the branded ice cubes to a rubber duckie in a salt foam bath.

5400 Penn Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55419

2. In Bloom at Keg & Case Market

928 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102
The dining room of In Bloom
Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

As much as everyone is raving about the stunning room and all-wood-fire cooked food, the cocktail list inside this new restaurant on West 7th deserves their own spotlight. Elegant takes on classic sippers are delivering intense and desirable flavors in every glass. Slip into the darkened bar space, which unlike the packed dining room doesn’t require a reservation.

928 7th St W
St Paul, MN 55102

3. Eastside Eat + Drink

305 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Martini accompaniments
Isabel Subtil for Eastside

Jamie Malone and her merry band of mischief makers have taken over this restaurant and are slowly rolling out their own designs. As the restaurant transitions from old to new menus, the bar is the first spot that fans of irreverence and high class flavor are flocking to. Order up Sam Marshall’s Aperol spritz for two in a lovely golden swan.

305 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55415

4. Popol Vuh

1414 Quincy St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Morelos Sour at this new Mayan fine dining hot spot
Joy Summers/Eater Twin Cities

The second restaurant from the same people who just opened the casual taco spot next door is a soothing dining room with an alluring mezcal list. Check out the tart and smooth mix of the bourbon spiked Morelos Sour.

1414 Quincy St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

5. Lat14 Asian Eatery

8815 7th Ave N, Golden Valley, MN 55427
Lavender: Aperol, gin, St. Germain, lavender and citrus juice
Joy Summer/Eater Twin Cities

The simple drink names like Cucumber or Old Fashioned are a welcome addition to the Minneapolis cocktail scene, as is this fantastic happy hour spot in Golden Valley. This sleek bar feels like something in the heart of the city, but has more affordable prices. Cocktails are balanced, refreshing, and perfectly paired with the spicy Southeast Asian dishes served in this brand new restaurant.

8815 7th Ave N
Golden Valley, MN 55427

6. The Dough Room

300 Superior Blvd, Wayzata, MN 55391
That’s a cocktail spread
The Dough Room/Facebook

This just-opened new Italian restaurant in Wayzata is serving mostly classic cocktails done very well. Try the negroni that gets just a little nudge from classic to modern sipper with that welcome bittersweet balance.

300 Superior Blvd
Wayzata, MN 55391

7. Centro

1414 Quincy St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

The hottest days of summer demand a pitcher of margaritas from Centro. All of the cocktails inside this vibrant taco shop in Northeast are built for summer enjoyment and sharing with a crew of friends.

1414 Quincy St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

8. Fhima’s Minneapolis

40 S 7th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Fhima’s Minneapolis/Facebook

The art deco space sets a gorgeous stage for cocktails from industry veteran Shawn Jones. His beautiful drinks are perfect for the chilly weather with smooth spirits garnishes like charred rosemary.

40 S 7th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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