5 to Try: Martini Bars

Swank out with a marvelous martini at one of these Twin Cities hot spots.

Updated: November 13, 2009

5 to Try

Bradstreet Crafthouse Restaurant

601 First Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Master mixologists at this swanky downtown hotspot create artful drinks from the freshest ingredients, including house-made bitters, hand-pressed juices, candy, flowers and more. If you're looking for a martini that will make James Bond swoon, Bradstreet is your mission.

W Minneapolis The Foshay

821 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55402

This top-floor dark bar in the W Hotel (located in the historic Foshay Tower) is home to some of the most creative martinis in town, including one that glows and smokes like a concoction masterminded by a mad, martini scientist.

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 martini, which comes with Stoli Vanil, Tia Maria, Kahlua, Frangelico and a splash of Zeno espresso.

Pazzaluna Urban Italian Restaurant & Bar

360 St Peter St, St Paul, MN 55102

Pazzaluna is known for its extensive wine collection, which includes more than 60 reds, from Barbera to Dolceta. But those looking for more go for the Rose di Pesca martini, which is infused with peach bitters and a touch of tarragon simple syrup.

Peacock Lounge

323 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

This warm, comfy Northeast joint is decked out in mirrors, tin ceilings and big, soft chairs that hug you on cold nights. It's the perfect place to stop in for a martini like the Almond Joy, Caramel Appletini or a Bailey's-infused coffee martini after enjoying a dinner at the Modern Cafe, Erte or the Northeast Social.