It’s not possible to talk about North Dakota’s blooming bar scene without mentioning the state’s renowned cocktail bars. From comfy pubs to swanky lounges, you’ll find something to suit your taste. Here are 8 of the best cocktail bars in North Dakota.
Located right behind the historic Fargo Theatre, this fine dining restaurant has a chic yet relaxed atmosphere. Executive chef Eric Watson has developed a seasonally-inspired menu based on traditional American fare. This American cuisine is complimented by a diverse wine list that can complement any menu item. The restaurant’s bar has an interesting list of cocktails, including favorites like the Vente Flip (Don Q Coconut, Godiva Chocolate, cold pressed coffee, coconut milk, whole egg, chocolate bitters), Treuse or Dare (green Chartreuse, lemon, Codorniu Cava), and A Monkey’s Pipe (banana infused monkey shoulder blended scotch whiskey, Madeira, and bitters).
The Boiler Room in downtown Fargo is sophisticated yet comfortable and comfortable. Order a signature cocktail and enjoy it on the patio as you watch the hustle and bustle of downtown Fargo. The drink menu has 12 signature cocktails, 11 classic cocktails, 14 wines, and a huge selection of beers. Try some of their most popular cocktails like Lime in the Coconut (Chinaco tequila, Don Q coconut rum, fresh lime juice, and agave nectar served over ice in a highball glass), Mango Lemonade (Smirnoff mango vodka, Don Q coconut rum, triple sec, fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup served over ice in a highball glass), or Not a Julep (Bone Snapper rye, Pallini peach liqueur, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, peach bitters, and fresh basil served over ice in a classic julep cup).
Luft has imports and domestic beers from Hoegaarden, New Belgium, Bells Brewery and even North Dakota’s own Fargo Brewing Company to line their taps, as well as a seasonal and fresh cocktail menu. The juices are squeezed daily and ingredients are carefully selected. To go with your drink, try some of their hardy yet trendy bar fare like Cubano sandwiches, bratwurst, pulled pork hoagie, poutine, or pretzels with house-made beer cheese.
This fun downtown establishment has been serving Grand Forks for over a decade. The Toasted Frog serves exemplary food and signature beverages for an affordable price. The diverse food menu has everything from wood-fire pizzas to sandwiches to lobster tail. The bar has a wide selection of beer, wine, and spirits. Try one of their popular martinis like the Tropical Tadpole, Forbidden Fruit, or the Hibernating Frog.
Proof Artisan Distillers, located in trendy downtown Fargo, produces vodka, gin, whiskey, bourbon, and liquors from local products like potatoes, barley, and corn. The menu features locally produced, award winning cocktails in a cozy, inviting atmosphere. Choose from 16 classic vodka cocktails, 11 classic gin cocktails, or 12 of their original cocktail creations.
Historic and elegant Theodore’s Dining Room in Medora has exceptional food and creative drinks. Order a cocktail and some food like bacon-wrapped steaks or buffalo osso bucco.
Come to Blarney Stone Pub for an authentic Irish atmosphere, 36 draft beer selections, and one-of-a-kind cocktails. Choose from 13 cocktails, whiskey and scotch samplers, seven varieties of white wine, and five varieties of red wine. Locals’ favorite cocktails are Popsicle (UV Vanilla and lemonade mixed with the flavor of your choice: banana, root beer, grape, cherry, apple, peach, melon, or strawberry), Kiss Me I’m Irish (Stoli Vanil, Crème de Menthe, Crème de Cacao and cream in a chocolate drizzled martini glass with a kiss of Crème de Almond), Hot Apple Pie (hot apple cider and Tuaca topped with whipped cream), and many more!
Bismarck’s Broadway Grill & Tavern has gourmet menu options and an extensive drink selection. The drink menu includes nine specialty cocktails, five martinis, and three hot drinks.