Monte Carlo Bar & Cafe

219 3rd Av. N. Minneapolis, MN 55401
Mon-Sat 11 am -1:30 am , Sun 10 am -12 am

The black-and-white starched uniforms on the waitresses are legendary, as are the classic sidecars and barmen who would blush if you asked one to make you a Mojito. Monte Carlo is where to go if the world seems a little off-center and you’re looking to set things right. Here, men drink brown liquor and lots of it, ladies don’t pay the bill, and your steak is done right every time. The true Monte Carlo aficionado is probably a regular and already knows all about its copious charms. But in addition to the rich copper bar, the reflective tower of booze, the hundred years of drinkers gone-by who you’re in cahoots with — and the steaks — here are a few more. The handsome, airy patio if you’re not in a hunkering-down kind of mood; the signature Szechuan green bean appetizer that will blow your face off and challenge your notion of steakhouse fare; the reasonable-in-its-class prices — just $28 for a filet mignon, with all the sides. Oh, and they’re open on Christmas Day, and there’s no better way to avoid your family than by watching other families knock ’em back over peppercorn beef and twinkle lights. Mecca Bos MECCA BOS

Capsule review:

Popular warehouse district watering hole serving burgers, sandwiches, pasta and other American fare. The vintage bar is one of the city's best-looking places to enjoy a classic cocktail. ( , )

Price: $$$


American casual