Nightlife notes: Socialista coming to North Loop

MICHAEL RIETMULDER | Updated 3/19/2014

Plus: Bluestem Bar gets boozier and Bradstreet Craftshouse's fifth anniversary party.

Socialista coming to North Loop

A new restaurant and bar is slated for the mixed use ElseWare building home to Borough and Parlour in the North Loop. According to city documents, the Caribbean-inspired Socialista is led by Fernando Santa Rodriguez, who was a part owner of defunct Latin restaurant and lounge Babalu, which held down the current Bar la Grassa spot from 2003 to 2008. Socialista is planned for a 4,500-square-foot, two-level space on the building’s south end, though a tentative opening date is unknown.

Bluestem adds booze

Bluestem Bar is about to get boozier. The funky, sustainable wine bar connected to Uptown’s French Meadow Bakery & Cafe, which also opened its St. Paul location this week, plans to soon roll out a cocktail program helmed by new beverage director Mike Rasmussen – the La Belle Vie-schooled booze dude behind Marin’s fun and forward-thinking Periodic Table of Gin and Tonic. “It’s funny,” Rasmussen noted. “It’s the second health-conscious restaurant in a row I’ve worked in. And I’m like the vice lord.” One third of the menu will feature a handful of color-coordinated drinks served with monochromatic coasters and LBV regulars might recognize a certain spicy, butterscotch-y tipple. Rasmussen said he got clearance to use Johnny Michaels’ Mogwai are the Stars, which he’s appropriately renamed the Plagiarist.

Bradstreet turns 5

Downtown Minneapolis cocktail cubby Bradstreet Craftshouse is throwing itself a fifth anniversary party next month. Tickets are now on sale for the intimate April 27 soirée (7-10 p.m., $40), featuring cocktails from Bradstreet alumni Robb Jones (Saffron), Shawn Jones (Coup D’état) and Jon Olson (Tradition Wine & Spirits), and current Bradstreet head bartender Jennifer Boutell. Twin Cities expat and current NYC barman Jourdan Gomez and Bradstreet’s cocktail consultant Toby Maloney (of Violet Hour fame) will also be on hand. The sleek hotel bar is using the birthday bash to unveil a trio of house-aged spirits – a tequila, vodka and apricot eau de vie – which have been maturing in oak barrels for the last year. Tickets (available here) are limited and include food, drinks and live music.

[Photo: Kyndell Harkness]