Exotic Cocktails

Forget stopping for a tasty brew or two. Indulge your senses at these Twin Cities hot spots serving up cocktails so exotic they're an art form.

Updated: September 18, 2009

Masters of the Cocktail

Zeno Cafe

2919 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Along with its extensive list of dessert wines and liqueurs, this Uptown dessert bar is known for its boozy espresso, which comes with Stoli Vanil, Tia Maria, Kahlua, Frangelico and a splash of Zeno espresso.

Town Talk Diner

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

Be sure to save plenty of room for the adult malts--delectable ice-cream drinks loaded with fruit liquor, fizzy champagne or coffee-flavored booze. Our favorite is the Johnny Cold Train, a giant ice-cream confection loaded with chocolate-y booze and dressed up with coffee beans.

Bradstreet Crafthouse Restaurant

601 First Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Master mixologists at this swanky downtown hot spot create artful drinks from the freshest ingredients, including house-made bitters, flowers, candy and more. If you're hankering for a dessert in a cup, go for the Amaretto fizz,--a unique and fizzy take on a classic cocktail.


88 South 6th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Drinks at the restaurant's Gold Bar include blueberry mojitos, pear bellinis and refreshing ginger martinis. The blueberry mojitos are a must-try, loaded with fresh blueberries and perfectly mulled mint.

W.a. Frost & Company

374 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102

On cool evenings, head to the Cathedral Hill neighborhood to check out W.A. Frost's Hot Apple Pie or the delicious Ginger Snap, which comes with dark rum, molasses, ginger syrup and cappuccino. There's nothing better on a crisp fall night than this dark-wood bar and a warm drink.


925 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Tequila flows like the Mississippi at this Nicollet Mall eatery, where more than 80 tequilas are on offer. Try out some of the more unusual varieties, or go for a signature margarita like the Macho Camacho, made with blood orange ancho and a splash of Cava.