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Details: La Belle Vie Lounge

Legend

Style:
DIVEY: So downright casual, you might feel uncomfortable.
CASUAL: Anything goes, just relax and have a good time.
MODERN: Clean and snappy.
CLASSY: A little on the up-scale side. May have a dress code.
FORMAL: You'd better be on your best behavior. Almost certainly has a dress code, or should.
Cost:
$$$$: Cheap - Prices are cheaper than found at most other good bars in the area.
$$$$: Average - Prices are about the same as found at most other good bars.
$$$$: Pricey - They are charging more here than at most other good bars.
$$$$: Expensive - Hopefully, somebody else is paying. If they aren't, maybe you should have just one, just so you can say you did.
Food:
EAT: None - Hope you aren't hungry, even in the slightest.
EAT: Snacks - Very simple bar snacks. Peanuts, pretzles, that sort of thing.
EAT: Light - Small appetizers, small plates, great if you're not terribly hungry.
EAT: Full - A full meals worth of things to order.
Reservations:
: None - First come, first served.
: Available - Not needed, but you could if you wanted to.
: Required - You need to call for reservations.
: Private - Members Only, or otherwise not available for general attendance.
La Belle Vie Lounge
510 Groveland Avenue
Minneapoils, MN 55403
USA

FORMAL - $$$$ - EAT -
612 - 874 - 6440
http://www.labellevie.us

James Beard, Zagat, Wine Spectator--ok, EVERYONE agrees, this is one of the best restaurants in the Midwest. The Lounge also boasts some of the best cocktails in Minneapolis. Johnny Michaels is arguably one of the top cocktail slingers in the Twin Cities, and he expertly crafts a regularly changing drink menu with expanded lists available upon request. Salty caramel-infused vodka? Of course. Fernet Branca, Hungarian potable bitters, Yellow Chartreuse, Benedictine, cava, foam, salt, pepper--it's all here. Signature flavors abound, with some as fancy as they get, yet everything in balance. Gotta love the classy elegance too, the way a "Lounge" should be.
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