A guide to North Loop nightlife

  • Updated: August 8, 2013 - 2:37 PM

New class

The Bachelor Farmer (est. 2011)

50 2nd Av. N., Mpls., 612-206-3920, www.thebachelorfarmer.com

Go for: Chop Mondays.

While general palate dazzling goes down daily, the Monday pork-chop special at the Dayton bros’ house of eats warrants an early-week trip. It’s possible that this thick, monster chop comes from a secret breed of horse-sized swine. But don’t let that keep you from teeing up Bachelor Farmer’s spectacular duck liver pâté, too.

Marvel Bar (est. 2011)

50 2nd Av. N., Mpls., 612-206-3920, www.thebachelorfarmer.com

Go for: Envelope-pushing elixirs.

While paying homage to the classics, the Bachelor Farmer’s downstairs cocktail den is the Twin Cities’ premier destination for innovative cocktailing. If you’ve already tried the Olivetto and the Gatsby — required drinking for local libation hounds — consider the Scoville. Unassumingly complex, this gin-based drink has a softened spiciness courtesy of a habañero tincture and distilled water.

Bar La Grassa (est. 2009)

800 Washington Av. N., Mpls., 612-333-3837, www.barlagrassa.com

Go for: Elite Italian.

With his culinary hand, James Beard winner Isaac Becker set the table for a new era of North Loop dining. Along with his wife, Nancy St. Pierre, and their business partner, Ryan Burnet, the big-shot chef brought four-star Italian fare to Washington Avenue in 2009. Four years later, an always-packed dining room suggests BLG’s success is no flash in the saucepan.

Borough (est. 2013)

730 Washington Av. N., Mpls., 612-354-3135, www.boroughmpls.com

Go for: Gastro bliss.

Led by Travail vets Tyler Shipton and Nick O’Leary, Borough’s cagey kitchen team came out this year as fiery as its spicy grilled octopus. The seemingly hungry young chefs churn out euphoric fare, like their pan-roasted halibut, set in a bewitching broth, or their fondue-accompanied steak. A sexified patio bar came just in time for summer.

Parlour (est. 2013)

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