Bar for solid cocktails
I'm looking for a good grown-up bar that makes great solid cocktails.
I like the Bradstreet a lot for their inventive stuff, but today, I'd like to forgo home-made bitters and 6 different kinds of ice. I'd just like a clean martini or a well-made Manhattan.
The Strip Club, the Inn, Ike's, Cafe Maude and La Belle Vie come to mind. All have really good drink programs.
Town Talk drinks are still good, even though I've been unhappy with the food since Theros took over, and especially unhappy since most of the staff left.
5411 Penn Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55419
La Belle Vie
510 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55405
The Strip Club
378 Maria Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106
Solid cocktails? Perhaps you should try the new Ice Bar at the Chambers Hotel. (Oh, I'm such a wit! I crack myself up!)
Seriously, I'm not up on the trendy upscale bars in town, but I have had a lovely Manhattan at Jax Cafe. They do a great classic cocktail. And Jax is the kind of place that all these nouveau-retro places like Red Stag and Ike's are aiming for - it has always been retro and always will be.
1928 University Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55418