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Nov 17, 2011 02:54 PM

A True Saloon ... Does it even exist anymore?

I'm looking for what I consider to be a true saloon. Here's the description:

-It's narrow. The bar runs along one side of the room and then there are maybe some tables and chairs on the other side.

-It's very dimly lit

-The bar is deep mohogany. There is likely a mirror showing your reflection along the wall behind the bottles

-There are lamps on the bar. Those green banker ones or maybe the softer yellow version. This is optional, but for some reason, it's what I see when I close my eyes and think about it.

-The music is either classic jazz or perhaps some Rat Pack

-The scotch/whiskey/bourbon list is long and extensive

-The staff is dressed professionally and has service to match.

-No dumb gimmicks like darts or pool tables. This is a place where drinks come to be consumed and enjoyed in a proper setting.

The closest thing I've found to this is probably the bar at W.A. Frost, but I'm wondering if there isn't something better that I'm missing. So go ahead, tell me where to go and I'll report back.

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  1. I can think of quite a few in New York and San Francisco. But here...?
    I have to assume you've been to the Monte Carlo?
    Haute Dish's bar is pretty close to this description, although probably has a few too many tables for you. Great drinks though.

    Monte Carlo Bar & Cafe
    219 3rd Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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    1. re: parallevar

      I have been to the Monte Carlo.
      I'm finding that most of the bars that seem to fit the criteria are attached to restaurants, which is OK.

      Monte Carlo Bar & Cafe
      219 3rd Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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      1. How about the bar side of Jax?

        I also agree on Haute Dish, but I'm going from memory, I haven't been since it was Cafe Havana.

        I am going to give this some thought...there must be more.

        Jax Cafe
        1928 University Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55418

        1. Erte has a great bar..nice music, etc.

          323 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN

          1. What about the Zombie Den? Dunno about professional dress, but it does aim to be an old school saloon.

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            1. re: kevin47

              Never been, that's on the list and will be checked out soon.