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redmeatfan Mar 31, 2010 09:14 PM

With the recent mixed reviews of Bin Wine Bar what is everyone's favorite wine bar in town?

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    sarah.j.morrison Apr 6, 2010 06:23 PM

    what about Bin Wine Bar in St. Paul or King's in S.Minneapolis? I haven't been to either, but have had my eye on them. Does anyone have anything to report from either place?

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      KTFoley Apr 6, 2010 08:49 PM

      The "recent mixed reviews of Bin Wine Bar" called out in the OP are here:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6663...

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        Brad Ballinger Apr 7, 2010 11:26 AM

        King's is an example that one can call just about anything a wine bar. The one room has a wall full of wine bottles, but the rest of it looks like a neghborhood restaurant dominated by a bar.

        I like wine a lot. When I was there, I ordered a beer. Wines by the glass rotate monthly, and there may not be as many of them as some other places. In their favor, however, is an attracively-priced bottle list.

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        Brad Ballinger Apr 3, 2010 01:29 PM

        Shame on me... There is one place that now comes to mind that does very well as a wine bar, and that's Riverview Wine Bar. 50 by the glass, and a good beer selection to boot. Nice setting as well.

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        Riverview Wine Bar
        3747 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

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          Brad Ballinger Apr 2, 2010 07:52 AM

          The Twin Cities does not have a wine bar where the focus is on LOTS of wine (stuff that isn't available everywhere) and small plates to go with them. We have restaurants with bars attached that sort of fall into that category (Solera).

          Rather, most wine bars are more about ambience. They are places to go that have a nice atmosphere and serve wine. Not many places where the focus is on wine first, and atmosphere second. Nothing wrong with that.

          I like Lucia's for wine. I like Taste for atmosphere.

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            Latinpig Apr 2, 2010 08:27 AM

            I have yet to go to one that I actually liked. Of course I am somewhat of a wine snob. What is your favorite Brad?

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              Brad Ballinger Apr 2, 2010 03:17 PM

              I answered that above, I believe: Lucia's for wine; Taste for atmosphere. Bars with good wine selection include i Nonni, Solera, La Belle Vie, Lurcat, Heartland Wine Bar (not typically a wine bar, though, but a GREAT casual walk-in version of the main restaurant).

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              La Belle Vie
              510 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55405

              Solera
              900 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

          2. Moacin Apr 1, 2010 10:09 AM

            I would echo the Toast recommendation. I'm not so much a wine bar kind of guy, but this post made me realize how much I missed Willie's Wine Bar. Good Caesar salad, good bacon pizza, and Haskell's coupons all in a laid back atmosphere. It was a Thursday night kind of a place.

            1. Foureyes137 Apr 1, 2010 09:54 AM

              My same post as on Yelp:

              Pure wine bar?

              Toast.

              Considerate selections, reasonable markup, generous pours, excellent nosh. I enjoy Spanish and Portuguese wines, and Toast always seems to have some solid labels I've not tried.

              The sad thing for me is that if I was going to go out to really enjoy wine in this town, I wouldn't go to any of our wine bars. I'd likely go to Alma, Solera, or Piccolo. It's not that places like Bev's and King's aren't good, they just don't have anything you can't get yourself around town.

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              Solera
              900 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

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                dougrw Apr 1, 2010 09:26 AM

                Toast Wine Bar & Cafe is my current favorite. Casual. Good food. Good wine prices. Interesting selection. Not fussy or pretentious.

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                Toast Wine Bar & Cafe
                415 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

                1. lstereo Apr 1, 2010 12:14 AM

                  Bev's, downtown Minneapolis.

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