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Eater Minneapolis Cocktail Heatmap: Where to Drink Right Now

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The weather outside might be funky, but inside these bars, the drink scene is burning up. The Eater Cocktail Heatmap is the definitive drinker's guide to the latest cocktail slingers in the Twin Cities. Drink well and remember to let us know who you think we've missed or send in tips on where to drink next.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Spoon and Stable

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211 1st Street North
Minneapolis, MN 55413
It's still impossible to find an open seat at this bar past 5:05 p.m. and the reason isn't just those insanely tasty French fries. Robb Jones and his remarkable bar staff pour what are, without question, some of the best drinks in town. Plus, after 10 p.m. on Saturday nights, the special ramen bowls have been replaced with tacos from chef/owner Gavin Kaysen.
Joy Summers

2. Norseman Distillery

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451 Taft St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
The new cocktail room inside Norseman is finally open and serving. Last Friday night, drinkers poured in to sip collinses and daiquiris as made by Keith Mrotek (formerly of Marvel Bar and onetime Iron Bartender champ) and his team. The new space is open Monday through Saturday.

3. Volstead's Emporium

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711 W. Lake
Minneapolis, MN
Don't look for a sign. This bonafide speakeasy is a plain door at the back of a random building and you don't get in unless the red light is on. That said, what awaits when you descend into the dark room is a collection of Prohibition-era cocktails that have even the most hardened booze snobs raving.

4. Tattersall Distilling

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1620 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 584-4152
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Months after opening and we are still happily jockeying for a seat inside this distillery's buzzing cocktail room. The drink list continues to evolve - especially as Tattersall adds new spirits to its lineup and still, we are yet to taste a drink here that we don't instantly fall in love with.
Joy Summers

5. Scena Tavern

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2943 Girard Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 200-8641
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The cocktails poured inside this giant, new Uptown eatery are created by Bittercube Bitters. Overseen by Blue J. Ballard, who just took home the title of Punch King, the cocktails are imaginative, fun to order and even better to down.

6. Milkjam Creamery

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2743 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 424-8855
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Sure, it's an ice cream shop, but it's also the spot where you can get the best adult floats in town. Try the champagne float and drink like it's your birthday.
Katie Cannon

7. The Commodore Bar and Restaurant

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79 Western Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Drink like Fitzgerald (or drink a Fitzgerald) inside this address he used to call home. The tiny bar near the front is still the best seat - if you can snag one. Only open a few days a week, these incredible cocktails are in high demand.
Joy Summers

8. Saint Dinette

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261 5th St E
Saint Paul, MN 55101
(651) 800-1415
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Orange Julio for brunch, Friar Tuck for the night and a Canadian Cold Press all day long: every evolution of Saint Dinette's cocktail menu is ideal for drinking all day, every day.
Joy Summers

1. Spoon and Stable

211 1st Street North, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Joy Summers
It's still impossible to find an open seat at this bar past 5:05 p.m. and the reason isn't just those insanely tasty French fries. Robb Jones and his remarkable bar staff pour what are, without question, some of the best drinks in town. Plus, after 10 p.m. on Saturday nights, the special ramen bowls have been replaced with tacos from chef/owner Gavin Kaysen.
211 1st Street North
Minneapolis, MN 55413

2. Norseman Distillery

451 Taft St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
The new cocktail room inside Norseman is finally open and serving. Last Friday night, drinkers poured in to sip collinses and daiquiris as made by Keith Mrotek (formerly of Marvel Bar and onetime Iron Bartender champ) and his team. The new space is open Monday through Saturday.
451 Taft St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

3. Volstead's Emporium

711 W. Lake, Minneapolis, MN
Don't look for a sign. This bonafide speakeasy is a plain door at the back of a random building and you don't get in unless the red light is on. That said, what awaits when you descend into the dark room is a collection of Prohibition-era cocktails that have even the most hardened booze snobs raving.
711 W. Lake
Minneapolis, MN

4. Tattersall Distilling

1620 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Joy Summers
Months after opening and we are still happily jockeying for a seat inside this distillery's buzzing cocktail room. The drink list continues to evolve - especially as Tattersall adds new spirits to its lineup and still, we are yet to taste a drink here that we don't instantly fall in love with.
1620 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

5. Scena Tavern

2943 Girard Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
The cocktails poured inside this giant, new Uptown eatery are created by Bittercube Bitters. Overseen by Blue J. Ballard, who just took home the title of Punch King, the cocktails are imaginative, fun to order and even better to down.
2943 Girard Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

6. Milkjam Creamery

2743 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Katie Cannon
Sure, it's an ice cream shop, but it's also the spot where you can get the best adult floats in town. Try the champagne float and drink like it's your birthday.
2743 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

7. The Commodore Bar and Restaurant

79 Western Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Joy Summers
Drink like Fitzgerald (or drink a Fitzgerald) inside this address he used to call home. The tiny bar near the front is still the best seat - if you can snag one. Only open a few days a week, these incredible cocktails are in high demand.
79 Western Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55102

8. Saint Dinette

261 5th St E, Saint Paul, MN 55101
Joy Summers
Orange Julio for brunch, Friar Tuck for the night and a Canadian Cold Press all day long: every evolution of Saint Dinette's cocktail menu is ideal for drinking all day, every day.
261 5th St E
Saint Paul, MN 55101

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