As Minneapolis proceeds to blossom in the summer as the city restrictions on businesses lift, we’re aching for some social interaction. No place feels more inviting of this nature than bars, and this city is ripe with numerous taverns to tantalize your tastes. These are the 10 best bars in Minneapolis that will be opening their doors for business this summer.
Town Hall Brewery
1430 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Known for their cozy atmosphere and guest taps, Town Hall Brewery has been a Minneapolis staple since 1997, located at Seven Corners. For being the one Minnesota brewery that has received the most medals of the Great American Beer Festival, they offer an exceptionally wide variety of libations with at least twenty beers on any given day. Their signature brews include Masala Mama India Pale Ale, Hope & King Scotch Ale, and Black H2O Oatmeal Stout. A lush patio makes it the perfect place for a summer drink.
945 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
612Brew has a very open environment that is perfect for a brew while enjoying the summer day. The patio at this bar in Minneapolis is tucked below traffic in a cozy little nook. This is the perfect establishment to visit to try a new food truck. Be sure to check out the latest drink on tap, Sound of the Leave, a mixture of Minnesota malt from Maltwerks and Minnesota hops by Mighty Axe Hops.
6050 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Dubbed one of the best sports bars in South Minneapolis, it’s hard to find a better place for a beer and the game than the appropriately named Tailgate. Instantly recognizable for a pickup truck sticking out of it, they specialize in burgers and pizzas to go alongside their brew selection with daily happy hours. Be sure to swing by Sundays for their $6 Bloody Marys.
Stanley’s Northeast Bar Room
2500 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
If you’re looking for the best bars in Minneapolis that feature dog-friendly patios, we recommend visiting Stanley’s Northeast Bar Room with your best friend. While the dogs can enjoy a complimentary Peanut Butter Nilla Woofer, human patrons can take in such tasty cocktails as Stanley’s Ginger (2 Gingers Whiskey, ginger ale, bitters, citrus) and Nordeast Mule (Tito’s organic vodka, ginger beer, lime juice). Plenty of beers are also available that range from hoppy & hazy to crisp & light.
730 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
For a trendy hangout hub, Parlour has a classy and casual appeal for its neighborhood appeal and award-winning food. With their patio now open at the Minneapolis location, one can enjoy a juicy burger with their fine selection of cocktails including the Parlour Old Fashioned (Overproof Bourbon, Rye, Piloncillo, Trinity Bitters) and Love & Rockets (Gin, Passion Fruit, Vanilla, Falernum, Lemon, Mezcal). Lots of domestic beers on tap as well, in addition to a varied selection of wine.
The 1029 Bar
1029 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Just at the intersection of Marshall and Broadway lies the old-fashioned allure of The 1029 Bar. Not only do they serve up a savory selection of beers but they’re also the home of The Smack Shack, known for their highly-rated Lobster Roll that has been featured in Bon Appétit magazine. And not only is their patio open for drinks but so is their indoor seating as well.
10 S 5th St #11, Minneapolis, MN 55402
As a prime spot for music and suds, The Pourhouse has always been a place where the party is at. While it may be some time before that more lively atmosphere returns, one can still take in the Uptown allure of the venue while enjoying a filling course and an entertaining show. Yes, they’re still doing shows as with the Beats & Brunch event with a live DJ. Happy hour specials are also available on select drinks daily at this bar in Minneapolis from 3 pm – 6 pm and 9 pm – 11 pm.
Matt’s Bar & Grill
3500 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407
For when that craving of a Jucy Lucy hits you, Matt’s Bar & Grill can fill that burger-sized void. Though mostly known for their burgers, the bar carries a number of tap beers that can be purchased by the pint or pitcher. Their menu includes familiar favorites of Angry Orchard, Blue Moon, Grain Belt Premium, and more. Craft beers and wine are also available, providing just enough options on what will pair best with a mouth-watering burger. Their dining room is now open for customers to come on in and enjoy a bite and drink.
701 N Washington Ave #101, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Dishing and pouring everything from breakfast to beer, The Freehouse has a winning enough allure to be one of the highlight brewpubs of North Loop Minneapolis. With their on-site brewery and unique menu that serves up ribs and oysters, there’s plenty of positives to consider taking in their patio setting for dining and drinking. There’s also a kid’s menu if you feel like taking the family out, considering their menu spans everything from tacos to salmon.
Nolo’s Kitchen & Bar
515 N Washington Ave #100, Minneapolis, MN 55401
With their patio now open, Nolo’s is a very laid-back and casual environment, with their building branded with “Comfort All Day Long.” And there’s certainly plenty of comfort to be had from a menu that includes wood-fired pizza, chipotle BBQ salmon, and a New York strip. Pairing with their fine menu is a selection of various craft cocktails, draft beers, red/white wines, and bubbly options. This Minneapolis bar is open Sunday – Thursday from 8 am – 9 pm, making it a top location for some inviting refreshment any time of day.