After a few weeks of voting, and making it through round 2, we're proud to announce the top 3 best bars in central Minnesota. These were voted by thousands in our area.

The bar business is extremely difficult. It's not just about serving great food and drinks, having affordable prices, and providing a fun place for customers to go - it's about creating loyal customers who come back over and over, calling it their 'go-to' place that feels like home when they step inside.

There's many great bars in central Minnesota, and some didn't make the top 10 list based on your votes. The bars that did make the list had hundreds of votes submitted, showing customer pride and loyalty...which is what makes a successful bar.

Without further ado, here are the top 3 winners that were voted "Best Central Minnesota Bar":

A huge congrats to Red's Irish Pub in Swanville. The dominated the polls and obviously have a huge following. You've earned bragging rights to say you were "Voted 2017 Best Central Minnesota Bar by 98.1 Minnesota's New Country"!

Congrats to everybody in the top 3! We wish you all the best in 2017 and keep up the great work.

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