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Top 10 Whiskey Bars In Minneapolis And Around Town

If there’s one place in America that you should visit for great food and drinks, it’s Minneapolis!  There’s so much on the table--you’re sure to be surprised at the uniqueness of what’s on offer. 

The drinking scene in Minneapolis is definitely flourishing. You’ll find a lot of homegrown booze and plenty of A+ bars around its industrialized districts, not to mention the best craft cocktails and amazing ice programs only in the Mill City.

Want to visit a premium bar? Looking for some serious drinks to add to your favorites? Seeking a place where beer and whiskey flow in every street?

It’s time to discover Minneapolis and the many whiskey options available for you there.

Invigorate your soul and tap into the hidden energy inside you as you gorge on high-quality Minneapolis whiskeys! Social Scene breaks down the places you should visit on your drinking trip.


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1. Merlins Rest Pub

Location: 3601 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406



Embark on a wonderful whiskey journey when you step into Merlins Rest Pub
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Merlins Rest Pub doesn’t just serve the best and most authentic Fish and Chips in the area--they also offer the widest selection of Irish Whiskey and Single Malt Scotch in all of Minnesota.


They have about 140 Irish Whiskeys on their list from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and around the world. If you’re looking for a tasty pint to enjoy with the food and comfort of the pub, this is your haven! It’s the perfect place to go to check out the Twin Cities’ premium whiskey selection. 


Catch them open from Tuesday to Saturday from 11 AM to 2 AM. They’re also open on Monday and Sunday from 11 AM to 1 AM. For inquiries, call 612-216-2419.

2. The Prodigal Public House

Location: 25 E 26th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404



A place to enjoy good food and drinks and connect with people
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Be fed and comfortable at The Prodigal Public House. This is the perfect place to get together with old friends and acquaintances, catch up on old stories, and meet new people all at the same time. This place values conversation and camaraderie, so they provide only the best drinks for their guests.


Enjoy their Irish whiskey with the simple but delectable selection of food and drinks. Drop by on Tuesday and Wednesday from 4 PM to 10 PM and Thursday and Friday from 4 PM to 11 PM and midnight respectively. They’re also open on Saturday and Sunday from 12 PM to midnight and 9 PM respectively.


Call 612-354-3689 or email info@theprodigalpub.com for inquiries.

3. Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment

Location:1110 Nicollet Mall (Btwn 11th & 12th St.), Minneapolis, MN 55403



Get the real UK pub vibe when you drink at Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment
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Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment is famed for its Scotch selection, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have more whiskey to offer. 

The pub is known as a little corner of the UK in Minneapolis. Need your regular dose of whiskey, football, and rugby TV events? They’ve got your back with the many private event spaces available. And don’t miss sitting at the bar by the fireplace and taking in the homey and comforting vibe.

This is definitely a pub to check out, especially if you enjoy unique rooftop bars. They’re open Sunday to Thursday from 11 AM to 12 AM and Friday to Saturday from 11 AM to 1 AM. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 4:30 PM to 6 PM.

Call 612-332-3908 for more details.

4. Gori Gori Peku

Location: 33 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401


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A small and intimate Japanese whiskey bar with the perfect ambiance
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Gori Gori Peku is a Japanese whiskey bar that offers fantastic service and a wonderful whiskey selection. It’s located above sushi restaurant Kado no Mise and offers a cozy and cool vibe. In addition to whiskey, this candle-lit bar also offers a great list of cocktails, beer, and wine.


If you’re looking for an intimate bar with knowledgeable bartenders, visit Gori Gori Peku. You’ll enjoy various Japanese whiskeys and sake you haven’t tried before.


The restaurant is open Monday to Wednesday from 5 PM to 10:30 PM, Thursday from 5 PM to 11:30 PM, and from Friday and Saturday from 5 PM to 12:30 AM. For more details, contact 612-338-1515.


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5. Icehouse

Location: 2528 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404


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Visit Icehouse for wing nighht and an amazing selection of whiskeys
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Icehouse gets its name from Cedar Fuel and Ice, the establishment that once occupied the restaurant’s location. Around 75,000 tons of ice were once harvested annually, and you can see the original wood ceiling and brick walls when you visit.

They have an impressive collection of whiskey at the bar for you to enjoy while you eat good food, drink well, and enjoy great music. As soon as you step inside, you’re greeted with its original industrial aesthetic.

Check it out from Monday to Saturday from 5 PM to 10 PM and Sunday from 5 PM to 9 PM for dinner service. They also serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 2:30 PM. Happy hour runs Monday to Friday from 3 PM to 6 PM and 10 PM to 11 PM. On Sunday, happy hour runs from 2:30 PM to 5 PM and 9 PM to 11 PM.

For reservations, call 612-276-6523.


6. George & The Dragon

Location:813 W 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55419



The perfect place to meet up with friends
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George & The Dragon, an English-inspired pub, is more than just a place to drink--it’s where the community gathers. When you’re tired of traveling, stop by to enjoy a delicious meal, destress with your favorite drinks, and simply treat yourself.


Choose from their wide assortment of beverages: whether you want to down some classic Irish whiskey or sip wine and beer, you can find them all. They’re open Monday to Thursday from 11 AM to 10 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM to 11 PM.


For inquiries and reservations, call 612-208-1047.

7. Butcher & The Boar

Location:1121 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403



Enjoy your time at Butcher & The Boar with premium whiskeys
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Butcher & The Boar has been around since 2012 and it’s never failed to serve its guests the best steaks in the house. The place is a great alternative to the many traditional steakhouses--not only do they serve a mean steak, but they also have a beer garden and whiskey bar.


Enjoy some of the best whiskey only at Butcher & The Boar. The bar is open Sunday to Saturday from 5 PM to 10 PM. During the winter, the beer garden is open Thursday to Saturday from 4 PM to 10 PM.


For reservations, call 612-238-8888.


8. Volstead House Whiskey Bar and Speakeasy

Location: 1278 Lone Oak Rd, Eagan, MN 55121



Volstead brings back a classic vibe and classic drinks
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Volstead House Whiskey Bar and Speakeasy gets its name from the National Prohibition Act of 1920, aka the 18th Amendment. This legislation, also known as the Volstead Act, was authored by Andrew Volstead and enforced Prohibition, later inspiring the present name of the bar.

So what can guests expect from Volstead? The bar serves cocktail classics dating from the 1800s to the early 1900s. Volstead is dedicated to starting a movement, going back to basics and bringing the drinking spirit of the past back to life.

Visit Sunday to Monday from 3 PM to 11 PM or Tuesday to Thursday from 3 PM to midnight. Volstead is also open Friday to Saturday from 3 PM to 1 AM. For more details, call 651-340-7175.


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9. Monte Carlo Restaurant

Location: 219 3rd Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401



Monte Carlo Restaurant gets straight to the point, serving you the best food and drinks in Minneapolis
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A low-key and classic restaurant, Monte Carlo Restaurant is sure to keep you coming back for its dessert, cocktails, and whiskey. Check out their drink menu for traditional cocktails, warm drinks, adult malts and floats, draft beers, bottles and cans, wine, and champagne.


Monte Carlo is open Monday to Saturday from 11 AM to 1 AM and Sunday from 10 AM to 12 midnight. For inquiries and reservations, call 612-333-5900.

10. Whiskey Inferno

Location: 14425 Hwy 13 S, Prior Lake, Minnesota



Steakhouse meets BBQ meets craft drinks
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Whiskey Inferno is a combination of a Chicago steakhouse and a Central Texas BBQ plus an impressive craft cocktail program, all rolled up into a relaxed yet explosive location. This locally- and family-owned meat house and craft bar also sponsors nonprofit organizations.


Indulge in their exciting whiskey menu and whiskey flights Monday to Wednesday from 11:30 AM to 11 PM and Friday to Saturday from 11 AM to 1 AM. They’re also open Sunday from 11 AM to midnight.


For more information, call 952-855-4665 or email whiskeyinferno@gmail.com.

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