The restored Commodore Bar and Restaurant, St. Paul’s Art Deco-gem that first opened in 1934 and closed in 1984, reopened to the public in October 2015. The full-service restaurant, bar, cocktail lounge and banquet venue crafted a signature drink in honor of the iconic Commodore Hotel in which it resides. The Commodore features an artisandistilled bourbon from 45th Parallel, a Wisconsin distillery. “We want to be the Twin Cities showcase for the best in locally and regionally distilled spirits,” says Bob Crew, director of food and beverage operations, Commonwealth Properties. Using its house-made crème de cacao—rich in flavor, like a boozy, chocolate-covered cherry—the cocktail is best enjoyed in house, where a selection of other classic drinks with a local twist are served.

INGREDIENTS:
—45th Parallel Border Bourbon
—Commodore Crème De Cacao (specialty of the house)
—Tattersall Sour Cherry

Located in both the North Loop and Northeast Minneapolis, Bartending by Drew offers an array of libations to kick off the spring season. Whether it’s a wedding or a corporate team-building event, owner Drew Atkin offers signature drinks to match any event’s aesthetic.

“Our opportunities lie within providing visitors with unique party options,” says Atkin. “Our services allow guests to have fun and experience something out of the ordinary whether it be with friends or co-workers.”

 

Housed in a former factory, the adjoined restaurants—Popol Vuh and its fast-casual counterpart Centro at Popol Vuh—share an entrance but diverge on fare and focus. Centro, a bright, festive quick-service taco bar offers fan favorites like ceviche, Nopales and pescado (fish) tacos, and colorful craft cocktails, including the Electric Bunny—a striking neon pink prickly pear caipirinha. 

 

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