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I'm ready to cocktail on this steamy Friday with a good friend. And I'm looking for a moderate sound-leveled, non-fraternity house sort of a bar with solid drink selections.

My favorites include Bradstreet, Speakeasy and Vincent for DT Minneapolis and Lucia's and Rinata for Uptown.

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Rinata
2451 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405

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  1. Minneapolis only? W. A. Frost has great drinks, a quiet, non music blaring, non meat market bar, and a lovely patio with big comfy chairs.

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    1. re: semanticantics

      I work in St. Paul and live in Minneapolis. I can get the best of both worlds!

      I've only been to WA Frost for a sit-down dinner. I should try their cocktail option, too. Thanks for the suggestion!

      1. re: RunningGeisha

        They have happy hour 4 -6 pm and 9 - 11 pm daily with some drink specials and cheap(er) eats. Depending on time of day, you can also get whatever food is being served in the dining room.

    2. A couple of places to add to your list:

      I love sitting at the bar at La Belle Vie - they make some of the best cocktails I have had in the Twin Cities.

      In St. Paul, I really like the cocktails at Strip Club Meat and Fish.

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      La Belle Vie
      510 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55405

      The Strip Club
      378 Maria Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106

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      1. re: LauraB

        +1 for Strip Club cocktails. Homemade mixers and such, cool retro cocktails....

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        The Strip Club
        378 Maria Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106

      2. It's definitely more of a restaurant, but each time I've eaten at Solera, I've really enjoyed the cocktails I've had as did the friends I was with. They do have a bar area in the front of the restaurant though I can't speak for its noise level as I've never sat there. My only complaint would be that the cocktails may seem a bit weak, but still, they were very tasty.

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        Solera
        900 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

        1. I like the bar at Masa. Some good margarita options. Although I haven't been in the bar, I would guess that Sea Change would be a good spot..

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          Masa
          1070 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

          Sea Change
          806 Second Street S., Minneapolis, MN 55415

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          1. re: Brad Ballinger

            sea change actually has some decent craft cocktails, i was surprised at how easy their bourbon-strawberry velvet-hammer thing went down (forget its real name). . . the atmosphere can be a little weird because of being attached to the theater. lots of folks all in a rush at different times, others who seem like they're getting out of their homes for the first time in a year and can't quite deal, then throw a few random wandering arena sports goers in the mix, motioning for beers over the heads of some little old ladies out for the matinee. . . sitting at the drink bar is non-ideal. sitting at the raw bar is a little better. . . but still not as entertaining as it sounds. a lovely room though, no argument. many folks don't realize you can wander the whole guthrie building without holding a ticket, so if you do go to sea change be sure to walk around upstairs and enjoy the river views, endless bridge etc. btw the op cites "solid drink selections" as criteria--sea change has some okay-to-good cocktails, decent wine list, but their beer selection *sucks* --like in an embarrassing, 1982, guinness is cool-neato-it's-black-beer! way. i don't think you can even get a craft beer, let alone a local brew.

            1. re: soupkitten

              They usually have the Summit seasonal, but that is the extent of their beer program usually.

              1. re: Foureyes137

                thanks, good to know.