I’ve always felt that a hotel bar has an air of mystery to it. You get people from who knows where gathering in one place looking for who knows what. How many movie scenes portray that? I can think of a few right away.Remember the scene in “Out of Sight” with Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney? The snow falling outside, the darkly lit room, the salesmen gathered at the bar … then Clooney’s thief walks in and sits with JLo’s Federal Agent and they share a scotch. You could only do that scene in a hotel bar.

Hotel bars take the word “bar” and make it feel a little more upscale. With that in mind, here are my choices for “Best Hotel Bars in the Twin Cities” and by all means, agree, disagree and share your thoughts below!

The Saint Paul Hotel

350 Market St.
St. Paul, MN 55102
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It’s a Minnesota landmark and is a favorite anytime you start to talk about hotels in the Twin Cities. The bar doesn’t disappoint. As part of the wonderful St. Paul grill, you not only get atmosphere, quality cocktails and service, you get some of the best bar eats in towns!

The Living Room, W Hotel Minneapolis

821 Marquette Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55402
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It’s a newcomer to the Twin Cities especially compared to the St. Paul Hotel. Set in the lobby of the Foshay next to Manny’s Steakhouse, the Living Room is a sprawling bar that feels like the roaring 20’s come to life. Plush seating and roaring fires make this a favorite on a cold winter night.

Bradstreet Crafthouse at the Graves 601

601 1st Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55403-1409
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It’s another throwback of sorts, a hotel bar created around a pre-prohibition era where cocktails where created by skilled bartenders with homemade ingredients. When you order a drink at Bradstreet, you are getting something that is special! It’s a very dark bar but that only adds to the throwback atmosphere. Salut!

Max’s in the Hotel Minneapolis

215 4th St. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55401

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A couple of downtown Minneapolis bars have been created out of old banks. Those art deco masterpieces where we used to store money now store wine cellars. My favorite is Max’s in the Hotel Minneapolis (the old Midland Bank). Mixing modern décor with the marble columns of the old bank, the atmosphere is funky and fun. Check out the flatbreads which are half-price during happy hour. The best cheap eats in Minneapolis after you close the office Friday afternoon!

Kip’s Irish Pub in the Marriot Minneapolis West

9970 Wayzata Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
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You can’t have a list of bars without an Irish Pub, right? Kip’s in St. Louis Park is a classic pub and a perfect place to get the pint of Guinness! They also have a great selection of authentic Irish food like Bangers and Mash, Corned Beef and Cabbage and, of course, great Fish & Chips!

The Liffey Irish Pub in the Holiday Inn St. Paul

175 W. 7th St.
St. Paul, MN 55102-2520
651- 556-1420
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You almost don’t notice it as a hotel bar but the Liffey is part of the Holiday Inn on West 7th. The Liffey opened in 2003 and was hand built in Ireland before being constructed in St. Paul. It’s a beautiful bar. They also have a terrific terrace area that opened in 2005. The perfect place to have a nip before a Wild game!

Fire Lake Grill House in the Radisson Plaza

31 S. 7th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55402-1602
612- 216-3473
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Another hotel bar in downtown Minneapolis and another great happy hour spot. The food is great and Fire Lake is a good place to take in views of downtown and enjoy an after-work beverage!

B.A.N.K. at the Westin

88 S. 6th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55402-1100
(612) 656-3255

B.A.N.K. as you can probably guess is another bar carved out of a former bank. It was once known as the Farmers and Mechanics Bank and is filled with wonderful art deco décor. Seating surrounds a circular bar and the former vault/wine cellar has to be seen. You can’t leave B.A.N.K. without trying one of their specialty martinis.

Lindsey Peterson is the Assistant Program Director at WCCO Radio.