For a truly festive evening, invite your guests to join you for dinner in picturesque St. Paul. Stroll through Rice Park and admire the skaters twirling on the ice, then make your way to Pazzaluna. Overlooking the main dining area, the private Mural Room, which seats up to 50 guests, is made cozy by the signature painted wall and velvet drapery. Indulge your guests with a many-splendored Italian meal including pizza from the wood-fired oven, butter and sage potato dumplings, scaloppini, and other house specialties. After dessert, order a round of grappa and toast to an abbondante (abundant) new year.
360 St. Peter St. N, St. Paul, 651-223-7000, pazzaluna.com
On a chilly December day, there’s nothing like a classic Irish pub to warm the cockles of your clients’ hearts. Cooper—the name means “whiskey-barrel maker,” but also references the former Cooper Theater—offers two cozy spaces for private parties. The Cutting Room, located right inside the bar, seats up to 35 people, and the Screening Room seats up to 40. Welcome your guests with a round of “big gingers,” made with Cooper founder Kieran Folliard’s own 2 Gingers Irish whiskey and ginger ale, followed by an Irish-style feast of fish and chips, curried chicken, and other specialties.
1607 Park Place Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-698-2000, cooperpub.com
5331 W 16th St., Shops at West End, St. Louis Park, 952-345-2400, figlio.com
11000 Red Circle Dr., Minnetonka, 952-224-5858, jimmysfoodandcocktails.com
11544 W Wayzata Blvd., Minnetonka, 763-398-3201, blvdkitchen.com