5 to Try: Bubbly Cocktails

Forget cooling off with a typical old beer. These Twin Cities restaurants offer homemade drinks that are positively exuberant.

Updated: September 29, 2009

5 to Try

Strip Club Meat & Fish

378 Maria Ave, St. Paul, MN 55106

This St. Paul steak joint is known for its delicious grass-fed meats. And it's also known for cocktails so good they can turn vegetarians into omnivores. For a bubbly addition to your meal--or by itself--go for the Cobra Kai, made with spicy Kilo Kai Rum, house-made habanero bitters, egg whites, and sour mix.

Il Vesco Vino

579 Selby Ave, St. Paul, MN 55102

Now in a new and larger location in St. Paul, Il Veco Vino serves up authentic Italian fare--none of that endless bowl of pasta/heart attack--and homemade drinks like the Sangria, a fizzy, delicious and refreshing drink featuring white wine, peaches and "secret ingredients".

La Belle Vie

510 Groveland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

This world-famous Minneapolis restaurant is known for its food and mixologist-made drinks, including one that comes with real gold flecks. But in the summer months, head to the lounge and check out the "Cortez the Killer", an extra-strong sangria cocktail made with Brugal rum.

Town Talk Diner

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

This upscale diner in South Minneapolis is known for its adult malts and unique cocktails. A refreshing and super-kicking favorite is always the Green Fairy, loaded with Bombay Sapphire, Zen Green Tea Liqueur, St. George's Absinthe, lemon, sugar and egg white for added fizz.


925 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

This new and already beloved downtown hotspot has to be famous for its drinks. It is, after all, a tequila bar, and it's owned by Tim McKee of La Belle Vie, which is famous for its award-winning menu and cocktail concoctions. Our current favorite is Macho Camacho, a blood orange margarita with a splash of cava and muddled pepper.