Here in Minnesota, it’s no secret that we love three things: dogs, drinking, and the cold. This year, our state’s considerable winter spirit is smiling upon us: we dug up some pup-loving ice bars that welcome dogs of all shapes and sizes!
Before we get started, a quick doggy disclaimer: even if you don’t mind the cold, Fido might not be such a fan. Be sure to bring your pup only if he or she’s the hardy sort, and be sure to watch for signs of discomfort. If your pup doesn’t love the frosty air, consider checking out a heated tent (like those of Stanley’s or The Howe) or a dog-friendly taproom!
And check the dates and hours carefully below, since most of these spots are only open for Super Bowl weekend.
Birch’s On The Lake 1310 W. Wayzata Blvd, Long Lake
Open this Fri and Sat (2/2, 2/3), 7-10 pm
This lakefront ice bar features a pup-load of fun, snowy activities ranging from ice skating to drink-sipping around fire pits. Note: be sure to go around the restaurant to the left of the main entrance to reach the deck; pups aren’t allowed inside!
Mercy Restaurant 901 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis Open this Thurs-Sat, 6pm-midnight
Mercy’s icy festivities include pine trees, fire pits, ice sculptures, and more! Delicious, frosty bevs are available.
212 3 Ave N Ste 106, Minneapolis
Open this Thurs-Sun, 5-9pm
This alleyway ice bar promises to get your tail wagging with tasty, ice-cold cocktails alongside blazing-hot heaters.
Urbana Craeft Kitchen 3200 E 81 St, Ste 200, Bloomington
Open 4:30-9pm Wed-Sat until mid-Feb
This stylish, frosty destination will offer beer plus hot and cold cocktails to be enjoyed around fire pits. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Second Harvest Heartland!