Classic Cocktails

These Twin Cities bars and restaurants serve up old-school cocktails in style.

Updated: August 09, 2009

Retro Drinks


Jax Cafe

1928 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

This Northeast steakhouse is as famous for its steaks as it is its Sinatra-inspired cocktails, from mint juleps to Manhattans. Saddle up to the cherry-wood bar and suck down a bit of sweet history.


Ike's Food & Cocktails

50 S Sixth St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

For truly old-school, downtowners flock to Ike's, a Minneapolis staple since the 1940s. The dark-wood bar screams classic and cool while the downtown crowd screams hip and contemporary.


La Belle Vie

510 Groveland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

The lounge at this five-star restaurant uber-chic, offering up some of the fanciest house-made cocktails this side of the Brooklyn Bridge. Go for the gold and have the award-winning bartender whip up one of his very own, or settle in at the bar for a classic Manhattan--done better at this MiniApple restaurant than any Big Apple joint.


Strip Club Meat & Fish

378 Maria Ave, St. Paul, MN 55106

Nothing goes better with a generous strip of local, grass-fed steak than a classic martini or a sidecar, served at this St. Paul steak joint for $8 apiece. And for a truly old-school cocktail, check out the Old Fashioned, made here with fresh, muddled fruit.


Town Talk Diner

2707 1/2 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

The bartenders here have won awards for their homemade drinks, like the Green Meany, featuring Bombay Sapphire and absinthe. Even the classic cocktails--from the Manhattan to the gin fizz--come with an added splash of specially made.