20 Best Bars to Get Craft Beer Near Minneapolis

When you go to a bar, you’re going for the beer — right? Some places can get so caught up in the gimmicks and the fancy drinks that they forget to focus on what’s actually bringing people through the door. These are the best bars in Minneapolis to get craft beer.

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Stanley’s Northeast Bar Room

2500 University Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Stanley’s Northeast Bar Room in Minneapolis has a total of 32 taps filled with local and regional craft beers, including their very own shandy.

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Tracy’s Saloon

2207 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Tracy’s makes the list not only for offering local brews but importing a few solid beers from out of state. Now, that’s taking initiative. 

10K Brewing

2005 2nd Ave, Anoka, MN 55303

This brother and sister pair are brewing some incredible local craft beer near Minneapolis. Stop by to give it a try and even bring some home after.

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Chatterbox Pub

2229 E 35th St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

A friendly bar in Minneapolis with a wide selection of retro video games and board games available to patrons, Chatterbox Pub is a great place to spend an evening with friends.

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Grumpy’s Bar

2200 4th St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Grumpy’s is an old neighborhood favorite, offering 20 rotating taps and plenty of options in bottles or cans.

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Alloy Brewing Company

2700 Coon Rapids Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433

If you’re looking for the best craft beer near you in the suburbs of Minneapolis, the selection of beer at Alloy Brewing Company is memorable. Their stuff is so good, it might be worth the drive for urbanites.

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Gluek’s Restaurant & Bar

16 N 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403

The oldest bar in Minneapolis can trace its roots back to 1855 and a German immigrant named Gottlieb Gluek. The bar still honors its German heritage today by offering several German imports on tap.

Buster’s on 28th

4204 S 28th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406

A little bar in Minneapolis with a big craft beer selection that doesn’t cut corners on their bar food. Buster’s got it all — other than square footage that is. 

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329 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Their motto is “No Crap on Tap.” What else do you need?

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HammerHeart Brewing Company

7785 Lake Dr, Lino Lakes, MN 55014

HammerHeart makes smoked beers inspired by Norse and Celtic history and mythology. It’s a mythical experience.

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Republic Seven Corners

221 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Every year, the folks over at craftbeer.com announce the best beer bars in every state as chosen by their readers. This year, Republic was their choice for Minnesota due to Republic’s 84 available taps and their ability to stay ahead of emerging trends.

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Devil’s Advocate Bar

89 S 10th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403

The beer list at Devil’s Advocate is hand-curated and includes brews from around the world.

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The Lowry

2112 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405

If you’re looking to get one of the best burgers in the city and a server who can recommend a beer that pairs beautifully, The Lowry is your place.

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Omni Brewing Co.

9462 Deerwood Ln N, Maple Grove, MN 55369

If you’re looking for great craft beer and a relaxed outdoor atmosphere, check out the outdoor patio at Omni Brewing Co. The taproom brings in food trucks on weekends and regularly offers yoga, bean bags, cribbage leagues, and live music.

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Stout’s Pub

1611 W. Larpenteur Ave, Falcon Heights, MN 55113

Stout’s is known as a craft beer bar. If that’s your thing come check out their rotating tap selections.

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Big Wood Brewery

2222 4th St, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Nestled in the heart of White Bear Lake, Big Wood Brewery offers some truly unique beers such as Cocoa-Vanilla Creme Ale, Amigo Grande, and Forest Fire.

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Maple Island Brewing Company

225 Main St N, Stillwater, MN 55082

Craft beer brewed on location, pizza ordered from the bar and delivered from the place next door, and patio views of the St. Croix. What more can you ask for?

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Red Cow

2626 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis MN 55408

Great food and a great tap menu, Red Cow is sure to blow away all of your expectations.

First Draft

324 6th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401

First Draft in Minneapolis has a huge selection of craft beer taps all encased in chrome. If you get distracted by shiny things, stay clear.


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