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Best Summertime Bars In Minnesota

Summer is almost officially here, and for Minnesotans the warmest season of the year is honored with the same fervor as a national holiday. Enjoy longer days, warm breezes and the company of friends by trying one (or all!) of these terrific summertime watering holes in Minnesota.
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The Joint Bar
913 Cedar Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 338-6425

Boasting one of the best outdoor patios in the Twin Cities, the Joint Bar is located next to the Cabooze on the west bank in Minneapolis. Featuring two large bars, reasonably-priced, delicious bar fare and a gigantic motorcycle parking lot, the Joint also offers a scrumptious breakfast on Sunday mornings, complete with a drink ticket for one Bloody Mary. Stop in to this locally famous dive bar and ask for a drink recommendation from one of the friendly bartenders. As an added bonus, The Joint is right on the Hiawatha light rail line, so you don't have to worry about driving home.

Nightlife & Music Summer Time, Moscow on the Hill
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Moscow on the Hill
371 Selby Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55102
(651) 291-1236

There's nothing quite as uniquely refreshing in the summertime as a White Russian, and there's no better place to order one that Moscow on the Hill, a Russian vodka bar in St. Paul's Cathedral Hill. This bar has something for everyone, including a full bar, great happy hour specials and even a late night menu with with smaller, authentic dishes like borscht and dumplings. Head out to the roomy, secluded patio to enjoy a Cherry Gimlet or Bloody Russian (horseradish vodka, and house bloody mix). If it's a cooler night, the friendly staff will even provide those opting for the patio with a few warm blankets to ward of the chill. Or enjoy the modern decor in the interior and gaze in awe at the seemingly endless selection of both New and Old World vodkas and house-infused spirits.

Nightlife & Music Summer Time, Kieran's Irish Pub
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Kieran's Irish Pub
601 1st Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 339-4499

Kieran's Irish Pub in downtown Minneapolis has been the go-to place for an authentic Irish pub experience since opening its doors in 1994. After a 16-year run on 2nd Avenue, Kieran's relocated to Block E in 2010 and now offers live Celtic music and a wide selection of affordable Irish and American menu items in a rich, classy decor. You'll also find an impressive selection of lagers, ales and Irish whiskey. Stop in for the everyday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. happy hour and savor the Irish tradition of fish and chips while you're there. Kieran's outdoor patio area features lush greenery, which makes it the perfect place to relax and enjoy a summer evening with friends. Plus, facing the Target Center will give you plenty of opportunities for people-watching.

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Billy's on Grand
857 Grand Ave.
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 292-9140

Billy's on Grand is a favorite spot for locals looking for a great meal with a laid-back neighborhood feel. Located at the corner of Grand and Victoria in St. Paul, Billy's outdoor patio is the perfect place to sit back with friends, enjoy a drink and people watch. And don't worry about having to leave your seat – there's a bar right outside. The cuisine is all-American fare with several delicious menu items to choose from, including the famous Billy the Kid burger. Inside you'll find polished dark wood decor and plenty of seating options, as well as several flat screen TVs, games, late-night dining until after midnight and beer specials during Twins games. Take advantage of on-site free parking if you can find a spot; otherwise, there is plenty of street parking nearby.

Related: Best Patios In Minneapolis

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Mac's Industrial Sports Bar
312 Central Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-3379

Nothing beats the heat like a cold brew, and nothing rivals Mac's great craft beer selection. Located in the University neighborhood, Mac's Industrial Sports Bar boasts 27 tap beers from the world over and delicious food like BBQ pork ribs. Wash it all down with a hazy, golden colored Cynic beer and your stomach will thank you. Decorated in deep reds, golds and rich wood to honor the U of M, Mac's also offers outdoor seating for you and your happy hour crew. Speaking of happy hour, you're in luck. Enjoy bar specials and discounts off appetizers every day from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

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A long-time writer and blogger in the Twin Cities, Deanna Lang has become an active Yogi in recent years as part of a well-rounded mental and physical fitness routine. Also an ISSA-certified personal fitness trainer, Deanna is looking forward to adding even more expertise to her fun and informative yoga writing once she begins her yoga certification. Her work can be found at

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