Cocktails Without Borders: Rabbit Hole's Bar Takes You on a Round-the-World Tour

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Tammy Kimbler
The Ryebak at the Rabbit Hole

At the Rabbit Hole, even a seemingly classic cocktail is made with a few unique ingredients that take it in a whole different direction.

The bartending duo of Daniel Guerrero and Erik Van Waes have put their own stamp on the Twin Cities cocktail scene. True to the Rabbit Hole's gastropub/Korean street food/local dive bar roots, the duo, along with owner Thomas Kim, are turning wild global flavors into remarkably balanced and delicious libations.

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Inside the Twin Cities' First Distillery Cocktail Room

Tammy Kimbler
Ed Kim, left, makes a Steady Eddie, right

Brewery taprooms are about to get a run for their money.

Last weekend, Du Nord Craft Spirits opened the Twin Cities' first distillery cocktail room -- the hard stuff's version of a taproom -- serving cocktails made exclusively with their own spirits.

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Cocktails at FIKA: Try This Festive Scandi Sipper

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Tammy Kimbler

When you think of cocktails, FIKA is probably not the first bar that comes to mind. In fact, the eatery at the American Swedish Institute doesn't even have a bar or a bartender.

General manager Emily Garber, an alum of Harriet Brasserie, took over creating cocktails for FIKA last year from former manager Brie Roland. You might be surprised to know that the New Nordic restaurant has more than 10 unique craft cocktails on the menu, plus house-made glögg and craft beer.

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Our Favorite Cocktail Trends of 2014 and What to Expect in 2015

Benjamin Carter Grimes
Bottled cocktails at Hola Arepa

Last night, City Pages' first ever Cocktailian event took over the Varsity Theater, proving that local fervor for craft cocktails isn't going anywhere.

All of the excitement led us to reflect on 2014's big cocktail trends as we sipped our Whiskey Sours, Old Cedars, and Gamle Ode Fashioneds. Here are our favorite cocktail trends of 2014 and a few predictions for 2015.

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Ward 6 Is Like Happy Hour at Cheers in Payne-Phalen

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E. Katie Holm

If you're an Eastsider, you already know that Payne-Phalen is a happening place. But the rest of us often need to be reminded of the serious hospitality going on in the northeast corner of St. Paul. To that end, the Hot Dish checked out Ward 6, to see what kind of libation bargains they have to offer.

Rev your engines and go east -- right after you get the scoop on the happy hour deals here.

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Nikola Govich Has a Classic in His Glass at Saffron

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Marsha Trainer
A beautiful place to work...

Saffron's bar is romantically lit, filled with deep saturated hues and best of all a place to cozy up and get a fine cocktail. The person newly in charge of making sure that the mood and the drinks stay top-notch is Nikola Govich, an alum of Bradstreet Craftshouse, Meritage, and Eat Street Social (not to mention an Irish beer and shot joint in NYC).

He recently took over for friend and former colleague Robb Jones, who made the leap to Spoon and Stable. Govich has debuted a few new libations but has not shaken things up entirely. As he settles in, we thought it was a good time to pay a visit and find out what's in his Old Fashioned glass right now.

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Hell's Kitchen Introduces a Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar

Hell's Kitchen
231 hot sauces are just 231 of the many ways to garnish a Bloody Mary

How ridiculous must your bloody be?

It's a polarizing thing, as personal as underpants: How you choose to soothe your hangover (or cultivate one) is your business. You want a whole chicken hanging off the rim? One dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts tossed over the straw? A cheeseburger floating on top? Or do you want it neat -- just the good stuff, please?

Garnish your bloody how you like it at Hell's Kitchen's newly minted Jacked Up Bloody Mary Bar. The restaurant says it sold over 31,000 bloodies in the past year, and like any good enterprising soul, the owners must have thought: "Let's jack this thing up!"

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Full Lineup Announced for City Pages Cocktailian 2014


As the holidays near, so does City Pages Cocktailian, a spirited affair celebrating the best that Minnesota distilleries and mixologists have to offer. Join us for the revelry on Thursday, December 11 at Varsity Theater.

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The Grumpy Hour: Happy Hour at Grumpy's Keeps it Simple, Keeps Us Drinking

Sean McPherson
A nice pour of Redbreast on the rocks

Some happy hours make it seem like an obstacle course just to enjoy a bit of booze on the cheap. Certain specials only last half an hour, you have to sit in a particular part of the bar, just show your stub from a sporting event, et cetera. Leave us alone, okay? Don't confuse us when we're drinking.

We're thankful for the bars that hold steady. And if Grumpy's Downtown does one thing right, it's holding steady. These well-timed happy hours will help you stack punk rock cred while sipping on whiskey that your most mustachioed, lumberjack-looking, cocktail mixologist would agree is top-notch.

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New Bradstreet Craftshouse Announces Mid-January Opening

Cocktails at Bradstreet

We've been stalking the new Uptown Bradstreet Craftshouse going into the old Rye Deli space, and while menus listing corned beef and rye were still on the facade just a few days ago, the team has announced a mid-January opening on the restaurant's Facebook page, with the inevitable quip: "Hopefully no one takes New Year's resolutions of austerity and restraint too seriously!"

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