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Bradstreet Craftshouse

Map & Directions 601 First Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
  • American, Small Plates
  • Tue-Sat 4pm-2am
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Dinner, Late Night, Snack Food
  • Full bar
  • Recommended on Weekends, Accepted
  • Garage, Meters, Valet


City Pages' Description

The first thing you'll probably wonder about the drinks at Bradstreet Craftshouse is why they're taking so long to make. What are they doing? Adding ingredients with eyedroppers? Actually, yes. That's because Bradstreet's bartenders treat each drink as a work of art--the Dark and Stormy looks like a Rothko poured into a glass. The Graves Hotel's windowless, retro lounge is quickly raising the bar for Twin Cities cocktail culture. Expanding on the craft developed at places pairing scratch-made juices, syrups, bitters, and tonics with top-quality liquors, the Graves brought in a couple of New York cocktail consultants to shake things up even more. That means every detail is carefully scrutinized: the bar uses five types of ice to precisely hone the drink's temperature and dilution, and homemade bitters that change with the seasons. Several of the small plates are street food or bar snacks with a haute twist, such as polenta fries, grass-fed beef sliders, or duck wings. Cosmos pastry chef Khanh Tran does the desserts, so expect daring flavor pairings and presentations as artful as the swank surroundings.

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Tips from foursquare

  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine on 11/30/10

    Try the traditional Whisky Old Fashioned. It's amped up with Nux Alpina black walnut liquor, made from green walnuts steeped for months in grape brandy: a third generation family recipe.

  • Heavy Table on 02/12/10

    Try the traditional mint julep. If you like it, you can then go home and make it, per their recipe: http://bit.ly/9f400H

  • Metromix on 09/20/10

    No bar in the Twin Cities has taken on the challenge of reviving classic cocktails better - order an Old Fashioned, Gimlet or Sidecar

  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine on 03/10/11

    Mpls.St.Paul Magazine editors’ pick for best cocktails.

  • jenni k. on 04/02/09

    don't bother ordering off the cocktail menu; tell the bartenders what you like and have them invent something. they're fantastic.

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