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“Mix Masters”
Review of Marvel Bar

Marvel Bar
Ranked #112 of 1,800 Restaurants in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Drinks, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Warehouse District
Description: This is a destination cocktail lounge associated with a new restaurant called "The Bachelor Farmer". They are both one month old.
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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215 restaurant reviews
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“Mix Masters”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Wow, what a cool place! For a "hidden" bar it sure was busy the night that I went there with my wife and another couple. We had dinner first upstairs at The Bachelor Farmer (a must-visit) and since you can't get to Marvel Bar from inside the restaurant, even though it's in the same building and owned by the same gentleman, we braved the cold and icy sidewalk (scary, especially for such a high $$$ restaurant / bar) and walked down the exterior stairs. There are a couple of "entrances" to go through with someone there checking IDs, and they literally check everyone's IDs, even ours, and we're most definitely not looking like teenagers. That's great that they do that.

Once we walked down the stairs (I didn't see an elevator for physically-challenged folks, but, code-wise, there has to be one) we entered another world. The cloud pattern wallpaper, the sheets-of-plywood over the bar, the full-wall wine wall.. everything was so cool, so chic, so modern, so not like anything I've seen before. Which, isn't a good sign for my coolness..
They make drinks using only high-high-high end ingredients and everything is craft-specific, just like the Bachelor Farmer restaurant above. No "cheap" drinks here, but I didn't see anything over $14 which IS cheap for such a place. The four of us loved our selections and we were somehow lucky enough to snag a coveted round booth adjacent to the wine wall. It's worth the wait, otherwise you'll be left standing for an hour or two, which isn't all that bad in such a cool place.

  • Visited February 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“One of the Best Cocktail Bars In Minneapolis”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

There are a handful of Bars in Minneapolis that really do cocktails right. Head bartender Pip Hanson trained in Japan under Kazuo Uyeda and after coming back to Minneapolis years ago he's made a name for himself working in several well regarded establishments. You'll see a blend of classic american cocktails coupled with some interesting ingredients that are more at home in Tokyo. It's a must experience bar for people who really like well made cocktails. The entrance is an unmarked door along the west side of the building, around the corner from the Bachelor Farmer Restaurant upstairs.

  • Visited December 2012
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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“Mixed Drinks”
Reviewed December 12, 2012

This was my fourth time visiting Marvel Bar.

They only have about 3-4 beers on tap and maybe only a handful of others in bottle or can. You won't find Budweiser here. They don't really do food--you can get some Cheetos, but that's about it. But, it's not what they lack, it's what they have that brings people in. Simply put, they have some of the best mixed drinks in town.

There is bar seating and some lounge style seating--the place fills up quickly, so go early if you want a seat. Don't expect to show up and have a seat waiting for you. It's a popular place, even though most people don't know how to find it. (There aren't any signs outside pointing the way to the entrance.) They have attentive servers and great bartenders.

Just remember, again, you don't go here to order a Budweiser. They'll probably hand you a Hamm's instead. If you go, try one of the cocktails. The Oliveto is an interesting and tasty one partially made with egg whites, served in an egg-shaped glass. I also enjoyed the various scotch-inspired drinks. Plenty to choose from! Mixed drinks run around 10-12 each--fairly comparable to other high-end mixologist style places like Bradstreet (another favorite) or others.

  • Visited December 2012
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“Awesome drinks!”
Reviewed December 2, 2012

We stumbled on this after a great meal at The Bachelor Farmer. Amazing drinks done by professionals with a real attention to detail. Even the ice is shaped for the drinks. Pricey cocktails, but worth it!

Visited November 2012
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“Fun spot to get drinks and chill”
Reviewed November 25, 2012

I really love the hand crafted drinks at Marvel Bar. It's a great spot to sit and chill with friends. While the drinks are pretty spendy, they are well worth the price and the wait to get them!

  • Visited July 2012
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