Ladies and gentlemen: I introduce you to the Twin Cities bars and restaurants I guarantee you will feel like a rockstar, minus the paid paparazzi and strobes of camera flashes. If you are someone who enjoys showing off that hard work from the gym or the flashy new outfit you got on clearance, you may just want to save this page to your “favorites.”
Regardless of your age, gender, race, lifestyle or income, we all deserve a little star treatment. Stretching throughout the Twin Cities, these are some of the best places that will ensure your class-act persona and thrill for life (in no particular order).
700 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Whether or not you’re a fan of sushi, Seven is a great place to bring co-workers or friends and to simply hang-out and get a cocktail. Its colorful and exciting lounge-style atmosphere provides a great backdrop to be a showstopper. If you plan on stopping by to enjoy the warm temperatures, the rooftop patio is a must-see.
2916 Hennepin Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Its high-energy attitude is impossible to ignore before even approaching the host stand. The dim lighting paired with the aroma of its Asian and Spanish food fusion is mouth watering on a number of levels. Try the House of Wang Salt and Pepper Shrimp coupled with the Chocolate Volcano Cup. You won’t want to share.
Cocina del Barrio
5036 France Ave. S.
Edina, MN 55424
I have lived in the Twin Cities long enough to learn the 50th and France area is a hit among most Minnesotans. If you are looking for fun nightlife and a light or plentiful meal, your senses will be satisfied here. The margaritas are just as amazing as the free parking.
Salut Bar Americain
If you like French food but you want a larger portion I have great news for you. This St. Paul restaurant serves potions large enough for a to-go box and the overwhelming dose of positive energy from its staff is refreshing. If you are a fan of espresso, I highly recommend getting its double-shot … maybe after you try the Pepita Poulet. It’s tender and amazing.
Redstone American Grill
8000 Eden Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
The high-end feel of Redstone may urge you to start off with a glass of red wine and take a seat in its elegant bar area. The wine list is short and sweet. Usually I am prepared to begin Googling the name of each winemaker, however, the bartenders and servers are well-educated on each flavor and varietal. If you are a fan of a dry, red wine, I recommend the Barossa Valley “E Minor” Australian Shiraz. It will make your lips say “pop.”
San Pedro Café
If you’re wondering about what boots to wear, go with the Uggs. If you’re deciding between a button-up or a polo shirt, go with the polo (I did not say with a popped collar). The laid-back environment complements its spicy Caribbean flavor. If it’s attention you seek, try the One Barrel Punch cocktail.
4725 Highway 61 N.
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
If “hipster” coincides with your definition of a rockstar, trade in those diamonds for a pair of vintage skinny jeans. This place is a great alternative to what is trendy. Drink specials and live music are what you will find on the regular at this classic café.
Buona Sera Wine Bar
If your night out with friends reflects that of the characters from Ocean’s Eleven and not-so-South-Beach, check out Bouna Sera. It is located in a neighborhood near the Mississippi River and is a place where you can relax. Known for their variety of classic Italian wine, this place will have you feeling like you are in the comfort of your own home.
-Justin Reis is a WCCO intern studying broadcast journalism at the University of Minnesota. His passion for finding the “best” in the Twin Cities is inspired by his role as a group fitness instructor and interests ranging from “anything artistic” to “anything social.” Please leave a comment on what you think of his recommendations.