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Barrio Tequila Bar & Cafe

Map & Directions 925 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402
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612-333-9953
  • Latin American
  • Sun, Sat 4pm-2am, Mon-Thu 11am-1am, Fri 11am-2am
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Accepted, Online Reservations Available, Recommended on Weekends
  • Garage, Meters

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Forget all the awful tequila stories you've heard (or told)--the ones that ended hunched over the toilet, waking up in a stranger's bed, or spending the night in jail--because Barrio is out to class up the much-maligned spirit. Tim McKee and Josh Thoma, of La Belle Vie fame, partnered with local real estate developers Tim Rooney and Ryan Burnet (Burnet worked with his father, Ralph, on the illustrious Chambers and W hotels) to create a tequila bar that treats the spring-break party drink with a reverence typically reserved for wine. The dark, cozy space is decorated in a Latin Goth, with an eerie, Day of the Dead-like festivity--you'd hardly recognize it as a former Dunn Bros. coffee shop. Despite Barrio's emphasis on its 100-plus-bottle tequila list, the food is what's really fantastic. Executive chef Bill Fairbanks (a longtime La Belle Vie sous chef) serves refined versions of street foods from Mexico and Central and South America: Tecate-battered fried mahi-mahi tacos, red chile enchilada with fried egg and chorizo, and barbecued pork sopes. He also serves some fancier fare, dishes like tequila-cured salmon, ahi tuna with quinoa, and diver scallop ceviche. Just make sure to save room for the churros.

 
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  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine on 11/30/10

    Don't miss the Macho Camacho Margarita, which offers a beautiful blend of blood-orange syrup and twice-distilled 100-proof 1800 Black Label Select Silver tequila, a splash of cava, and an ancho-chile

  • City Pages on 02/24/11

    In 2010 Barrio was voted by City Pages as having the Best Margarita in the Best of the Twin Cities issue: The Cobra Verde.

  • Andrew Z. on 09/21/10

    The red chile enchilada with fried egg is the bomb, and you have to try the tacos de lengua. Heard awesome things about the Toro (a spicy michelada).

  • michael m. on 12/30/09

    gotta get the guacamole...

  • Kevin R. on 03/19/11

    The tacos made me believe in Jesus.

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