According to most restaurant critics, the perfect Polish meal is served on a plate, which rests on a table with legs. Enjoy Polish palate pleasers the way that they were meant to be served with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of upscale eats and drinks at Nye’s Polonaise Room on Hennepin Avenue.
Esquire magazine crowned Nye’s Polonaise Room the best bar in America in 2006, and the storied Minneapolis watering institution lives up to the distinction with precisely poured drinks, supper-club pub fare, and nightly live music that includes a karaoke piano bar. For an edible preface to a soul-sustaining night out, try appetizers such as the shrimp and crab cakes ($11), pan fried and dijon-ified, or the brie cheese topped with garlic butter and toasted almonds and served with garlic pita chips ($10). Hearty Polish specialties such as the pierogi and Polish sausage ($19) or the Polonaise plate, a vast spread of spare ribs, cabbage rolls, and more ($29), make for delicious, alcohol-anticipating stomach armor. A comprehensive wine list and equally bountiful martini marquee offer the liquid intelligence necessary to enter into nightlong debates over America’s top-three former-wrestler state leaders.
Nye’s Polonaise Room is as renowned for its atmosphere as it is for its cuisine, and the request-friendly weekend piano hours manned by “Sweet” Lou Snider, a Nye’s staple since 1965, prove true the old myth that a Frank Sinatra song and a martini stave off misery and uncomfortable silence. The World’s Most Dangerous Polka Band enlivens an already ecstatic atmosphere while seasoned bartenders impress patrons with their homey, efficient mixology skills, which thankfully do not recall Tom Cruise’s characters in either Cocktail or Eyes Wide Shut. Use today’s Groupon for a night out fueled by authentic, friendly Americana and an endless stash of old-world charm.
- Everybody says that stepping into Nye's Polonaise is like stepping back in time, and, for once, it's true--to a time before even electricity, and, what's more important, to a time before bars and neighborhoods and cities became things they were never meant to be. – Chris Jones, Esquire
- I would put this in the list of one of the 10 funnest [sic] places in Minneapolis. – kyle t., Yelp
Nye’s Polonaise Room
“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, Minnesota 55414Get Directions