by Molly Priesmeyer - 262 Reviews - 117 List
Get cozy, hide away or just drown your sorrows at these Twin Cities bars (including The Front Cafe, left) where darkness pervades.
Updated: October 20, 2009
Folks looking for the light head upstairs, where a bar is well-lit and patrons chat over brews and wings. But just a few steps downstairs, thick, dark curtains cover the windows to the outside, turning the 501 into a cozy and dark spot to grab a cocktail or two.
This downtown joint offers a much more laid-back neighborhood feel than most downtown bars, which are often packed with well-dressed patrons in hunt of a good DJ. Instead, Eli's is dark, cozy and homey, serving up strong cocktails and a killer mac `n? cheese.
With a great late-night happy hour (cheap apps and drink specials galore), Azia draws folks looking for a cheap date and a dark, relaxing environment. Sit at the bar or one of the tables and enjoy a sushi special or head in the back and chill to the sounds of the DJ.
This Westin Hotel bar is all about swank--specialty mojitos, martinis, and bellinis are what the ?Gold Bar? here is known for. But it's also a dark and quiet getaway among the hubbub of downtown. And private booths and tables make it feel even more intimate.