After all the unease that’s been going about the Twin Cities, it’s likely that a lot of Minnesotans could just use a drink to unwind from it all. And not just a drink that you whip up at home or pick up from the grocery store. Drinking your favorite brew can be a great social event and, while such experiences can still be shared in backyards, there’s just a certain allure that a bar has that can’t be replaced. Here are a few bars around St. Paul that are opening their patios back up after months of keeping their doors more or less closed.
886 Smith Ave S, West St Paul, MN 55118
Located in West St. Paul, the Cherokee Tavern has been operating since 1933 and continues to serve as its doors open for dine-in. Though their selection is somewhat limited to familiar brands, they’re perfectly priced during happy hour for a favorite brand. Their food selection is certainly more stellar given that their menu includes such succulent shareables as Voodoo Shrimp, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apple Bacon, and MN Chicken Wings, dry rub, or buffalo. Don’t even think of skipping over their mouth-watering burgers on the menu as well. They’re opening on June 10th at 4 pm.
1096 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
If you’re more of an upscale kind of bar patron, look no further than St. Paul’s The Lexington. Located off Grand Ave, this establishment serves up the most decadent of drinks and foods, best built for a fancy day or night out on the town. It’s an upscale location, however, so you may want to dust off that fancy dress or snazzy suit. Though patrons can currently only dine-in via phone reservation, it’s worth the scheduling considering customers can take in the allure of gorgeous rooftop seating.
888 Ohio St, West St Paul, MN 55118
For the more affordable options when it comes to bars, Gallagher’s Bar & Grill offers quite a bit without breaking the bank. With their patio now open, their menu offers a wide selection of drinks and dining options, including 4-egg omelet for the early risers who could use a filling breakfast. A great open spot for a burger and brew on a fine summer day.
1288 S Robert St, West St Paul, MN 55118
Declared the “Cheers” of West St. Paul, Fireside Lounge has everything, from a fully-loaded menu of the best bar staples to an inviting outdoor patio with a giant outdoor TV. Whether you’re seeking a fine wine to go with a good steak or just a well-cooked burger with a cold beer, they can fill that need to feed with a welcoming atmosphere. Keep an eye for their dinner specials as well. Reservations are required.
371 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102
For a bit more culture, consider checking out Moscow on the Hill for the finest in Russian food and drink. Nestled in a charming neighborhood of St. Paul, they pride themselves on offering the most authentic in Russian cuisine and fine libations. Of their many drinks, the venue recommends the Referent Horseradish Vodka of their house-infused vodkas, perfect for a Bloody Mary. Their menu looks exceptionally filling as well with hand-made dumplings, pan-fried pork loins, and White Russian Tiramisu.
771 Cleveland Ave S, St Paul, MN 55116
Now open for patio dining, Highland Grill has a fine selection of tap beers, white/red wines, bubbly, and house-made cocktails. If you’re taking in their breakfast menu, consider a Mimosa alongside some French Toast. If you’re in the mood for some class, order up a Five Farms Martini or an Old Fashioned. Or simply treat yourself to a steak and one of their numerous Firehouse beers on tap.
211 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102
Now available for reservations, Louis is a place that boasts its intimate allure which we could all use during these trying times. With their signature drinks alongside a menu that includes traditional and regional Italian cuisine, this is an appetizing location, especially for boasting one of the biggest rooftop bars in St. Paul. So if you’re looking for some space and a great view to enjoy your refreshing beverage, Louis is a prime location for the premiere bar experience in an open environment.
289 5th St E, St Paul, MN 55101
If your thirst-quenching quest across St. Paul just happens to include seafood, the Octo Fishbar may be just the spot to fill that fishy void. Open for reservations and happy hour, they offer a savory selection of seafood that includes clams, oysters, mussels, shrimp, calamari, and so much more. Their selection of beer and wine is also quite vast considering you may need to enlarge the image of the menu on their website just to take it all in.
225 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102
When it comes to outdoor patios, McGovern’s is certainly the place to be given their award-winning setup. Not only do they offer plenty of familiar pub drinks but additionally have daily lunch and dinner specials, including soups of the day and happy hour. Signature dishes include Corned Beef & Cabbage, McGovern’s Famous Hot Turkey, and the Turkey Burrito.
695 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
For the most traditional of Irish pubs, Emmet’s has customers seeking that Irish dine-and-drink experience. Their menu, though light, offers some appetizing selections of Beer Pretzel Cheese Curds, Corned Beef Sliders, 695 Brick Pressed Sandwich, and Corned Beef & Brussel Sprouts, all of which pairs well with their vast array of brews. Not a bad spot to pop in for a pint and bit of fried food to tame the hunger and thirst.