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Swanky Sips

Slow down the pace and change up the scenery. For a one-on-one or a small-group meeting, consider these intimate evening settings.

By Ava Diaz

Sip myriad drinks and cocktails and Emerald Lounge.

Emerald Lounge

Emerald Lounge, St. Paul

Situated on a little sliver of West Seventh Street, this jewel- toned cocktail lounge offers a cool and cozy vibe in the St. Paul bar scene. Though it opened in spring 2022, the venue boasts historic charm with its exposed brick, tall ceilings, and eight-seat banquette bar top. Emerald serves an extensive wine selection, Minnesota-inspired cocktails, spirit-free options, and a full dinner menu featuring an array of “global comfort food.” The venue is also available for private party rentals.

The Velveteen, Stillwater

Take a trip down the rabbit hole to this 1920s-inspired joint. The hidden hideaway is accessible through the lobby of the JX Event Center. Featuring Prohibition-era classics like the aviation or pisco sour, as well as modern takes on martinis, this space will make you feel like you have stepped into a time warp. The venue is also available for private party buyouts of up to 90 seated and 130 standing.

Cobble Social House, Minneapolis

Sharing an alley with longtime Minneapolis hipster spot Monte Carlo, Cobble Social House is a refreshing fusion of flavors adding to the city’s cocktail scene. Just beyond the neon-blue eye, the candlelit setting offers a thoughtful selection of wines, craft drinks, and mocktails, as well as Asian-inspired fare for snacking. The intimate venue is also available for small-party reservations or buyouts to host your next event.