Forge and Foundry Distillery | Stillwater, Minnesota

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Forge & Foundry Distillery is a must stop for us when we go to downtown Stillwater.

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The Wild Hare | Stillwater, MN

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We spent an impromptu afternoon/evening in downtown Stillwater, Minnesota last Sunday, first meeting Fiance’s family at Forge & Foundry Distillery (Hipster Hack coming soon) and then we lucked out snagging a spot on the patio at The Wild Hare for dinner with friends, because with it being Labor Day weekend, downtown Stillwater was packed and the waits we were being quoted elsewhere were an hour.

We had never been before so it was also great to be able to check another place off the list.

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The Velveteen Speakeasy | Stillwater, MN

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I love a good prohibition era bar and it wasn’t hard to convince fiance that The Velveteen Speakeasy in Stillwater, Minnesota was the best spot for our next date night when I assured him it crossed off all his criteria:

  • Dim βœ…
  • Strong Cocktails βœ…
  • Pork Belly βœ…

Plus who doesn’t love playing dress up to go to dinner?

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Brick & Bourbon | Stillwater, MN

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I’m embarrassed to admit that the writing funk of 2020 consumed me again. We were lucky enough to visit Brick & Bourbon last month when eating outside at restaurants was still a thing and I was so excited to be able to experience the Brick & Bourbon rooftop patio in downtown Stillwater, Minnesota.

Brick & Bourbon has been a place that has been recommended to me by multiple family and friends when they found out I moved back to the East suburbs and was craving something new. It definitely lived up to the hype!

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The Wilder Scratch Kitchen | Bayport, MN

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Trying new places hasn’t really been at the top of my list this summer due to the pandemic, but since moving back to the East suburbs (I miss Minneapolis so much) I’ve been wanting to get out and get reacquainted with the area…Fall is also perfect patio season which is the ideal dining scenario right now, so when my (sort of) brother and sister in-law (they’re actually my sister’s in-laws, but I’ll claim them all day everyday) invited me to grab cocktails and a snacks at The Wilder Scratch Kitchen in Bayport I was so excited, mostly because I didn’t even know it existed!

Being honest, their website is a hot mess, but they appear to be more active on their social media so I would recommend going to their Facebook for any information and the website actually directs you there for the current menu. (*job plug: if anyone who works there reads this and wants some website help, let me know! I work at a marketing agency and we do great workπŸ˜‚ )

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Lolito Cantina | Stillwater, Minnesota

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Even though I live in Minneapolis, I still drive all the way to A’Salonna in Stillwater, because I only trust Kelly to do my hair…luckily for me, I have family (Cecil & Noelle) in the area and they agreed to start an afternoon of “Saturday Funday” by meeting me and boyfriend for lunch and cocktails at Lolito Cantina!

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Not Justa Cafe and Bar | Bayport, Minnesota

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The “Not Justa” family has been growing over the years. Starting with Not Justa Cafe in Bayport almost 20 years ago, NJ’s has been a staple for weekend brunch with lines out the door. They’ve since expanded with locations in Somerset, New Richmond, and opened up “Not Justa Bar” next to the original NJ Cafe in Bayport…naturally this location is my favorite, because they serve liquor and I live for a brunch cocktail!

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