Nothing beats the combination of fresh, healthy American food and an array of American beverages and drinks specials. Icehouse, which is a deli located in Whitter, offers just that and much more for the fun loving foodies. The atmosphere is casual and friendly, just what you'd expect from a deli. However, the popularity of this eatery is due to the range of scrumptious delights which are made exquisitely from scratch by the expert chef. This includes the small plates delicacies like foie gras burgers and scallops, as well as the special brunch items like Po Boy sandwiches and pastrami and eggs. In the end, you can wash it down with the drinks specials like Mothership Rita and Butterfly Kiss, or a glass of Cedar Ridge Bourbon or George Dickel 12 year from its splendid whiskey bar. Jazz and rock bands pack a punch with their performances every night, so make sure you reserve your table at Icehouse in the evening, to enjoy a satisfying American meal.
This classy bar and grill has been a pioneer among local restaurants by offering regional, home-produced food. This casually chic establishment has evolved into the best place to hear local and national jazz acts. An intimate stage separates the bar from the dining room. The acoustics are considered some of the best in the Upper Midwest. The menu features trout from a Wisconsin farm and local game fowl, mushrooms, and wild rice. It is all put together with the utmost care and a lot of imagination. The wine (including some by local wineries), beer and liquor selection is impeccable.
The Summit Brewing Company has come a long way since it first came into business in 1986 - its beers are now some of the most popular in St. Paul. Some are seasonal (such as the Summit Maibock and the Summit Oktoberfest), while others are available all year round. You can tour the brewery from Thursday to Saturday, but reservations are required for group weekend tours.
This nightspot is considered by many to be the top rock club in the Twin Cities. The best of the local talent and many national acts headline each and every night. By the shape of the building, which looks like a large caboose, you would think the acoustics would be poor. Quite the contrary, as the overflow crowds will attest. Along with a great beer selection, wine, liquor and soft drinks are served. Stick with the burgers or appetizers to satisfy your hunger. Pool tables, foosball and darts provide a definite working-class atmosphere. Arrive early for local bands and even earlier for the big acts, otherwise you will be standing or miss getting in at all. Advance sale tickets are available at select locations. Price varies according to act. Doors generally open an hour or two before showtime.
Enjoy samples of Japanese delicacies offered at Moto-i brewery and restaurant on Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis. This Japanese eatery boasts of being 'the first sake brewery restaurant outside of Japan' and backs it up by serving their own sake varieties, much to the delight of avid drinkers. Sip on sake served along with small portions of rice preparations and dumplings while seated on the rooftop terrace of this eatery. This brewery also has a selection of beers and tasty Japanese appetizers to get you started on your meal.
The PourHouse is a new lounge that replaced the Spin Nightclub. Based on the Prohibition theme, it re-creates the aura and atmosphere of a speakeasy lounge complete with the 1920s decor. It features a main bar area, upstairs room and an outdoor patio, thereby allowing large groups and avoiding over-crowding. The lounge also hosts live music concerts, stand-up comedy shows, theme parties, DJ sessions and many other events. If you are interested in hosting a fund-raising party here, then the staff at PourHouse will be more than glad to assist you. For more details and gig guide, call ahead.
Surly Brewing Co. is counted among the most renowned breweries in the city. The brews from here, that have garnered a lot of praise include, Coffee Bender, Furious, Surly Hell and many others. The brewery is one of the best in the city, providing tours to all beer enthusiasts, giving a detailed account on how their delicious beer is prepared. There is a restaurant housed within the campus of the brewery, offering sandwiches, pretzels, BBQ dishes as well as toothsome desserts. Take time out to visit Surly Brewing Co. and spend time relishing some of the best beers, in town.
One of the best Irish bars in town, Merlins Rest gives plenty of reason to visit. Whiskey enthusiasts will be impressed by their exhaustive list of Scotch and Irish whiskeys, while beer lovers can gurgle on a fine Irish beers. There is also a selective list of wine and signature cocktails. Tipple on happy hours and nosh on tasty Irish pub bites. There is no dearth of entertainment as well with kilt nights, live music, scotch tastings and more.
If you are in the mood for some South American or Spanish delicacies, Sonora Grill is a nice option to choose. The restaurant is especially known for its amazing tacos and the wide variety of award winning craft cocktails, especially those with a tequila base. You can drop in for some amazing Latin American breakfast which includes everything from Grilled Cheese sandwiches to the typical Mexican Huevos Ranchos or come by for dinner with the family.
Located on Oak Street, Stub and Herb's is a popular local hangout among students and other locals. Since its inception in 1939, this bar has been offering a slew of American delicacies and a variety of tempting beers. A reasonably priced establishment, they offer happy hours twice a day, from 3p to 7p and from 10p till they are open for the night! They have daily specials and their Kill the Keg Thursdays are a big hit among the locals. Food is simply scrumptious, cooked to perfection and prepared with the finest ingredients. Their Tater Tot Nachos, Stubs Signature Burger and Buffalo Chicken Sandwich are popular delicacies at Stub and Herb's. The ambiance is quite rustic and has a charm of the olden days.
Decades of experience have made Schooner Tavern one of the most popular entertainment hotspots in the Longfellow district. This dive bar frequently hosts local and regional performers for a bit of soulful jazz and blues and also has karaoke nights, open mic, bar bingo and pool tables. The bar serves a variety of beers on tap and bottled that are both locally brewed and imported as well as wines and spirits. The staff is pleasant and the ambiance is warm and has a historic air to it making it a must visit when in the city.
Riverview Wine Bar is a casual and intimate place to go for appetizers, a meal and of course, some drinks. Fine wines at Riverview come from all over the world, ensuring that there is a perfect wine to match every dish on the menu. The outdoor patio is comfortable and lively in the summer months, but the indoor seating is equally inviting.