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On May 28, 1958, Bob Kinnan welcomed patrons to his new bar, Bob's Lookout, with 30-cent beers. Two years later, Bob's mother contributed a concise menu complete with hamburgers, fries, and a porterhouse steak dinner. These days, Bob's joint?now known as The Lookout Bar and Grill ??offers a much wider array of drinks and comfort food. To create their from-scratch meals, the grill's chefs draw on Bob's family recipes as well as their own, which range from jumbo mushrooms stuffed with sausage and cream cheese to burgers infused with Cajun spices.

Not everybody shows up to The Lookout for food, which is now as renowned for its cuisine as its entertainment. The award-winning eatery's outdoor patio stands amid palm trees and a flower garden, not to mention a children's play area, cozy hammocks, and a horseshoe pit. The Lookout's backyard even hosts its very own volleyball court, where visitors can play pickup games or devastate newly-built sand-kingdoms. More festivities await inside, including weekly rounds of bingo, karaoke, and eclectic live music every Thursday?Saturday night.

8672 Pineview Lane North
Maple Grove,
MN
US

At Malone's Bar & Grill, a number of the booths, tables, and bar seats have an optimal view of at least one of many televisions decorating the eatery. That means nary a second is lost watching sports and TV shows while patrons down beers, burgers, and cheese curds, or opt for heartier steaks. Doubling as a bar and a memorable dining experience, Malone's pays homage to the neighboring movie theater with deals for guests that take in a movie on the same day as their visit to the restaurant. The owners of the bar and grill routinely give back to the community by hosting fundraisers and sponsoring events such as golf tournaments, motorcycle runs, and 50-yard dashes.

12635 Elm Creek Blvd. N
Maple Grove,
MN
US

Over the last 50 years, The Park Tavern has perfected the convivial trifecta of eating, drinking, and bowling. A menu of gourmet burgers and traditional pub fare mingles with a drink menu of domestic and imported beers and wines for between-frame refueling. On Mondays, the alley fills with high-energy tunes, and bowling balls careen all night during the $5 all-you-can-bowl nights. The Park Tavern rolls out its varied bowling buffets for corporate events, birthday parties, or the anniversary of the end of bowling prohibition during the Nixon administration.

3401 Louisiana Ave. S
Minneapolis,
MN
US

You won't find the stylists at Blast Blow Dry Bar wielding scissors. Instead, they take manes from frazzled to polished using only blow-dryers and hot tools. Inside one of the Bar's three locations, blow-dry recipients choose from a list of seven style options ranging from sleek and super straight (The Skinny) to full, flowing, voluminous curls (The Glam). Each blowout includes a shampoo and conditioning treatment so that finished locks look and feel healthy and strong, and the staff can even add-on a hair treatment shot to help repair scalps suffering from dryness or seasonal allergies.

Beyond blowouts, Blast Blow Dry Bar also offers services such as up-dos, facial waxing, and professional makeup applications. And, for those looking for a makeover that lasts longer, the staff can administer a Brazilian blowout, which smooths frizz and conditions hair, leaving it shinier and straighter for up to 12 weeks.

1668 West End Blvd.
St. Louis Park,
MN
US

Steel Toe Brewery's founder was a home brewer, fermenting beer in his bedroom overnight, until the gurgling sounds of the carboy began to disturb his wife's sleep. Origin stories like these are just one of the attractions of Taproom Tours' brewery tours, which also explore the Belgian yeast of Boom Island Brewing, celebrate session ales at 612 Brew, and enable sud savoring in the wood-paneled taproom at Indeed Brewing Company. Visitors taste sample brews at each location, and, helped along by a knowledgeable guide, explore the breweries' inner workings until they have learned every yeast strain's first name and favorite sports team.

3701 Texas Ave. S
St. Louis Park,
MN
US

“Jedzcie pijcie i popuszczajcie pas.” For those who don’t speak Polish, the motto at Nye’s Polonaise Room may seem complex, but its translation is simple: “Eat, drink, and loosen your belt.” In fact, expansion has been the running theme at Nye’s since it set its roots back in the '40s. By 1964 Nye's original form, a bar, provided owner Al Nye with the funds necessary to purchase the space next door. Though he added a dining room, the bar's original features—gold-flecked booths, dark paneling, a curved piano bar, and a portrait of Chopin—remain, creating a vintage and homey feel.

Nye’s lengthy menu dishes up Polish classics, such as cabbage rolls and pierogi, as well as hearty 14-ounce new york strip steaks, cold-water lobster tail, and aged, bone-in, slow-roasted prime rib. Specialty martinis and the eatery’s inherent ambience make it a cozy place to talk, much like a candlelit phone booth. Nye’s also curates a full wine menu with pours from California, Spain, and Australia. All these ingredients come together to create a restaurant that's distinct and locally lauded, earning it a feature on Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.

112 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis,
MN
US