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Excellent wine, warm lighting, plenty of lounge space
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Forget About Winter Inside These Cozy Minneapolis Bars

The best spots to snuggle in with a good, long pour

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Excellent wine, warm lighting, plenty of lounge space
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With the temperature’s dropping to annoyingly low levels, it’s tempting to write off winter in the Twin Cities altogether and move somewhere tropical. Yet, even in the frigid depths there will still be runners hitting the streets, dogs and their people frolicking across frozen lakes, and plenty of warm and cozy bars to visit that somehow manage to make winter slip away inside their doors.

For those looking to warm up with a good glass of wine or whiskey in a warm and toasty atmosphere, here are some excellent choices across Minneapolis.

Locations are organized from West to East.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Trapeze

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1602 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408

This lighthearted spot known for its bubbles creates a cozy atmosphere in its small space next to its mothership, Barbette, especially when its full. Not into bubbles? There’s plenty of beer, wine, and cocktails to satisfy any craving.

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2. Troubadour Wine Bar

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2827 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 871-4073
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With live music and comfy couches galore alongside an well-crafted wine selection and a friendly, knowledgeable staff, it’s easy to spend hours and hours escaping winter at the ultra-relaxed Troubador without realizing how much time has gone by. Oh, and there are books, too.

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3. Tullibee

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300 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(651) 468-0600
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With large windows that let guests see the snow fall outside while sipping a cocktail inside the bar that’s decorated in something of an elegant outdoors style with a vibe to match, the Hewing Hotel is an excellent choice for a delicious cocktail on a cold day.

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4. Aster Cafe

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125 SE Main St
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-3138
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While this bustling spot is usually hoppin’ in the summer thanks to its extensive patio, winter-goers will find a cozy spot to dine and drink surrounded by exposed brick walls. If it’s not too cold, it’s an excellent spot for bar hopping at neighboring outposts.

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5. Kitty Cat Klub

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315 14th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 331-9800
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Despite its location to campus that deters older drinkers from wandering inside it’s doors, the dimly lit, rough-around-the-edges-but-in-a-good-way, and cozy couch-filled spot that hosts a rotating list of live music is spacious respite from chilly temperatures.

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6. Riverview Wine Bar

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3747 42nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 729-4200
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Whether patrons are stopping in before a $2 Tuesday movie at the Riverview Theater across the street or venturing into the wine bar in its own right, guests are enveloped with warmth the moment they step through the heavy curtains that drape the door to keep the cold out.

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7. P.S. Steak

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510 Groveland Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 886-1620
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This revived restaurant has plenty of seating around the fireplace and elegant snacks like truffle oil chips and lamb sliders.

The front bar and lounge, with a fireplace Lucy Hawthorne/Eater Twin Cities

1. Trapeze

1602 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Trapeze/Facebook

This lighthearted spot known for its bubbles creates a cozy atmosphere in its small space next to its mothership, Barbette, especially when its full. Not into bubbles? There’s plenty of beer, wine, and cocktails to satisfy any craving.

1602 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408

2. Troubadour Wine Bar

2827 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Troubadour Wine Bar/Facebook

With live music and comfy couches galore alongside an well-crafted wine selection and a friendly, knowledgeable staff, it’s easy to spend hours and hours escaping winter at the ultra-relaxed Troubador without realizing how much time has gone by. Oh, and there are books, too.

2827 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

3. Tullibee

300 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Luke Marshall Johnson/Eater Twin Cities

With large windows that let guests see the snow fall outside while sipping a cocktail inside the bar that’s decorated in something of an elegant outdoors style with a vibe to match, the Hewing Hotel is an excellent choice for a delicious cocktail on a cold day.

300 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401

4. Aster Cafe

125 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Aster Cafe/Facebook

While this bustling spot is usually hoppin’ in the summer thanks to its extensive patio, winter-goers will find a cozy spot to dine and drink surrounded by exposed brick walls. If it’s not too cold, it’s an excellent spot for bar hopping at neighboring outposts.

125 SE Main St
Minneapolis, MN 55414

5. Kitty Cat Klub

315 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Kitty Cat Klub/Facebook

Despite its location to campus that deters older drinkers from wandering inside it’s doors, the dimly lit, rough-around-the-edges-but-in-a-good-way, and cozy couch-filled spot that hosts a rotating list of live music is spacious respite from chilly temperatures.

315 14th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

6. Riverview Wine Bar

3747 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Riverview Wine Bar/Facebook

Whether patrons are stopping in before a $2 Tuesday movie at the Riverview Theater across the street or venturing into the wine bar in its own right, guests are enveloped with warmth the moment they step through the heavy curtains that drape the door to keep the cold out.

3747 42nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406

7. P.S. Steak

510 Groveland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
The front bar and lounge, with a fireplace Lucy Hawthorne/Eater Twin Cities

This revived restaurant has plenty of seating around the fireplace and elegant snacks like truffle oil chips and lamb sliders.

510 Groveland Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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