The Top 10 Après-ski Joints in Minneapolis

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There's something amazing about a hot juicy burger and a brewski when you come in from the snowy wonderland that is winter in Minneapolis. Whether you’re out skiing, snowshoeing, skating, or fat biking, we have plenty of local establishments where you can warm up and fill up after some subzero winter recreating. As one of the most active and bustling locales on the planet for outdoor winter recreation, Minneapolis' purveyors of food and drink welcome Northland winter buffs with open arms.

We rounded up ten of the best après-ski spots in the Twin Cities. These top burger joints and beer halls are perfect places to enjoy a bit of post-outdoors indulgence, all without requiring you to go home and get gussied up. Belly up to these bars for a most-deserved drink and a sizable serving of comfort food. The best part is that these establishments only scratch the surface of what Minneapolis' culinary scene has to offer.

1. Matt’s Bar

3500 Cedar Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407

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Home of the original Jucy Lucy (although the 5-8 Club may contest that claim), Matt’s has been a Minneapolis landmark since 1954. As one of the best dive bars in the city, it has been featured both on the Travel Channel and in the New York Times. Serving up warm burgers filled with molten cheese and big pitchers of beer, it's the perfect place to to warm up after a long day on the trails or at the ski hill.

2. The Bulldog Northeast

401 East Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55414

With a great selection of tap beers and traditional American cuisine, The Bulldog Northeast will please just about anyone looking to escape from the cold. Their most highly touted menu item, tater tots, comes served alongside sriracha mayo, fennel dusted with tarragon aioli, Togarashi with wasabi mayo, or truffled with parmesan cheese. Right off the river on the west bank, this is a great place to stop if you’re navigating the winter landscape by bike.

3. Buster’s on 28th

4204 28 th Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55406

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Dubbed “Minneapolis’ Finest Gastropub,” Buster’s is known for it’s wide selection of beers on tap, not to mention their mouthwatering bison burger. Recently remodeled after a fire ravaged the inside of the restaurant last year, it maintains the cozy feel of a neighborhood tavern. Better yet, right next door is the Angry Catfish Bicycle + Coffee Bar , where you can rent fat bikes, and down the street is the Hiawatha Golf Course , where you can rent ski equipment and take advantage of the groomed cross country trails. Geographically speaking, Buster’s is the perfect place to end your day’s journey.

4. Fulton Brewery Taproom

414 6 th Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401

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A stone’s throw from the amazing ski trails of Theodore Wirth Park and a quick detour off the Cedar Lake Trail , Fulton is a favorite stop for cyclists and skiers alike. Open Wednesday-Sunday, be sure to check their food truck calendar to take stock of the good eats you can wash down with some of the best craft beer Minneapolis has to offer.

5. Butcher and the Boar Beer Garden

1121 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

A 2013 James Beard Award semi-finalist, the Butcher and the Boar offers a more casual alternative to their highly touted dining room with a four-season outdoor beer garden. Serving beer, bourbon, and a wide variety of roasted meats, this is a great place to indulge after hitting up nearby Lake of the Isles or Theodore Wirth Park for some winter fun.

6. Northbound Smokehouse and Brewpub

2716 East 38 th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406

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Brewing beers with names like Snowmageddon and Snownami, how could you not stop into this quaint brewpub after a day of braving the winter weather? Complete with a wide selection of smoked meats and beer-infused appetizers and desserts, you’ll be hard pressed to find a cozier spot in the Twin Cities. This is a great one to hit up after fat biking the Minnehaha Creek or the nearby Midtown Greenway .

7. Surly Beer Hall

520 Malcolm Avenue Southeast
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Having just opened their doors to their $30 million destination brewery in the Prospect Park neighborhood, Surly’s Minneapolis-based beer hall is already a hit with the locals. In addition to their signature brews, their menu is highlighted by hearty charcuterie trays and cheese boards. For fat bikers, it is located a convenient ride off the Dinkytown Greenway/University of Minnesota Transitway.

8. Modern Café

337 13 th Avenue Northeast
Minneapolis, MN 55413

For the ultimate serving of comfort food, you can’t do much better than the Modern Café’s famous pot roast. An iconic dish served with mouthwatering chunks of meat, mashed potatoes, and horseradish sauce, you’ll find yourself licking your plate. After a long day on the trails, you can rest assured you deserve every bite.

9. Merlin’s Rest Pub

3601 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Located on East Lake Street not far from the Mississippi River and Hiawatha Golf Course ski trails, Merlin’s Rest Pub serves up some of the best bangers and mash and fish and chips in Minneapolis. That’s not to mention that this traditional British Isles tavern is home to one of the city’s best whisky stocks. With live Irish music, jazz, blues, and folk bands piping their sounds throughout the bar most nights of the week, Merlin’s Rest pub grub will warm you heart and soul.

10. Blue Door Longfellow

3448 42 nd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55406

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One of the best burger joints in town, the Blue Door in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis serves up a meaty delicacy known as the Blucy. Comprised of two fresh ground Angus beef patties and stuffed with bleu cheese and finely chopped garlic, it is an indulgence that can only be fully appreciated after braving outdoor winter activities.

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