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Twin Cities wine bars - the complete list (?)


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Twin Cities wine bars - the complete list (?)

AnneInMpls | | Mar 9, 2008 01:17 PM

I'm trying to compile a list of all wine bars in the Twin Cities, as an aid for my wine-tasting group. (It's time for our annual wine-bar visit.)

We like places where there's a strong focus on wine (not just a bar with some wine). Many/most wines should be available by the glass, not just by the bottle. Ideally, flights or small pours are available for those who want to try several wines without drinking too much. And food is a secondary focus - it's not just a restaurant with a wine list. But these criteria are rather strict (Lucia fails the "many/most by the glass" test, for example, and Heartland certainly has a strong food focus), so we're fine with exceptions to our rules.

I need your help - if you know of a wine bar not on my list, please let me know. Or a restaurant with a decent wine list that offers wine flights or small pours. And if you have comments on a particular wine bar, I'd love to hear them!

Here's my list so far:

- Beaujo's Wine Bar & Bistro (Mpls)

- Bev's Wine Bar (Mpls)

- Gusto Cafe & Wine Bar (Hopkins)

- Heartland Wine Bar (St. Paul)

- Lucia's Wine Bar (Mpls)

- Kay’s Wine Bar & Bistro (Maple Grove)
The places link won't work for this one - it uses a non-existent adress in Osseo. Here's the web site:

- Marceal's / Chateau Lamothe (Burnsville)

- Riverview Wine Bar (Mpls)

- Sage Market and Wine Bar (Mendota Heights)

- Toast (Mpls)

- Ursula's Wine Bar (White Bear Lake)

Other possibilities might be The Sample Room (not a wine bar, but they offer flights), the Black Dog Coffee House (do they have much in the way of wine?), Il Vesco Vino (do they offer glasses or small pours?), and Spill The Wine (but is it true that they have NO wines by the glass?!?).

Thanks in advance for your help!


Lucia's Restaurant
1432 W 31st St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

1806 St. Clair Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105

Toast Wine Bar & Cafe
415 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Beaujo's Wine Bar & Bistro
4950 France Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

Bev's Wine Bar
250 3rd Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Gusto Cafe & Wine Bar
922 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343

Chateau Lamothe
14351 Nicollet Ct, Burnsville, MN 55306

Riverview Wine Bar
3747 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

Sage Market & Wine Bar
730 Main Street, Mendota Heights, MN 55118

Ursula's Wine Bar & Cafe
2125 4th St, White Bear Lake, MN 55110