Summer in the Twin Cities can be summed up in one word: glorious. Walks around Lake Calhoun, Sunday brunch at Nightingale, brats and beer at a Twins game, fresh flowers from the farmers market, a stroll around the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden—everything flourishes come June. And though it’s time to welcome in a new season, there’s still time for one last hoorah. Gather your closest friends and toast to the warm weather next Friday night at some of our favorite bars and restaurants in Minneapolis-St. Paul.
1. WA Frost
Luscious greenery, great food and historic beginnings? Enter WA Frost. Nestled in the charming Cathedral Hill neighborhood, this sophisticated oasis mimics the cool, relaxed vibe of St. Paul. Enjoy a mean Old Fashioned with friends or dine on classic dishes sourced from local, sustainable farms. Not ready for the night to end? Pop over 2 blocks to The Happy Gnome, a casual gastropub, for a cold beer.
We’re all in need of a little southern charm every once in awhile, right? Luckily, we’ve got our own little slice of “lowcountry flair”at restaurant 4Bells, located in Lowry Hill. This vibrant restaurant offers fresh oysters, delicious fried chicken and great views of the Minneapolis Skyline. Find a spot on the rooftop patio and order the specially curated “Harom Place” cocktail.
3. Pizzeria Lola
Pizza + wine: name a more iconic duo, I’ll wait… :)
indulge in artisan pizza and a global wine selection at one of our favorite neighborhood pizza joints, Pizzeria Lola. From the classic Margherita to the creamy Boise and exotic Korean BBQ, there’s a pie for everyone. M&P Tip: Friday nights are poppin’ at Pizzeria Lola, so be prepared to wait a bit for your table. We guarantee it’s worth the wait though—just check out their impressive reviews → Pizzeria Lola Press
4. Burch Steak
We don’t know about you but there’s something we love about dressing up on a Friday night. If you’re feeling the fancy vibe, pop over to Burch Steak, right off Hennepin in Uptown. Not only does Burch deliver a delicious menu, but their service is impeccable. We always feel taken care of there. Grab a glass of bubbly and cheers to a memorable meal.
5. Butcher and The Boar
Looking for a more lively crowd? Head on over to Butcher and the Board, a meat-lovers heaven located in downtown Minneapolis. Enjoy craft beer and house-made sausage in their bustling dining room or laid-back, dog-friendly beer garden. It’s only a hop, skip and a jump from the Target Field, the Orpheum or US Bank Stadium.
What’s your favorite local joint to frequent? We want to know! Comment below with your go-to wines and dines.