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Bars and nightlife in Minneapolis

Top bars

Music Venue
“THE place to find up and coming artists, Prince played here long before he was a household name, as have many other legends. Check out a show!”
  • 85 locals recommend
Brewery
“MN is proud of our Surly beer. Come enjoy delicious Surly with incredible food. The burger will not disappoint. Lots of outdoor seating with outdoor games, or if you prefer pizza, go upstairs for some pizza and games.”
  • 79 locals recommend
Bar
“Matt's has the best juicy burgers in Minneapolis. This is a old school and must see.”
  • 95 locals recommend
Theme Restaurant
“If you're looking for an instagram'able dinner spot look no further! After dinner enjoy a ride on the ferris wheel or a quick game of mini golf.”
  • 72 locals recommend
Theme Restaurant
“Both a tiki bar and a restaurant, this place is very popular. They serve alcoholic drinks in tiki glasses you can buy to take home. The interior is the kind of kitschy ambiance you might expect but the outdoor patio is set on the Mississippi river. Pizza, burgers, salads and appetizers are available for lunch and dinner. The weekend brunch is from 10-2.”
  • 68 locals recommend
Bar
“If you are looking for a lot of great bars, restaurants, and places to have fun all in one spot, then go to Uptown. ”
  • 66 locals recommend
Arepa Restaurant
“Popular place with a South American-inspired menu. Good cocktails. Good brunch.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Bakery
“Locally owned, always great food and just a two block walk - try the Nightingale afterwards ”
  • 58 locals recommend

Nightclubs

Theme Restaurant
“Both a tiki bar and a restaurant, this place is very popular. They serve alcoholic drinks in tiki glasses you can buy to take home. The interior is the kind of kitschy ambiance you might expect but the outdoor patio is set on the Mississippi river. Pizza, burgers, salads and appetizers are available for lunch and dinner. The weekend brunch is from 10-2.”
  • 68 locals recommend
Bar
““Everything about the Dakota is something you want to tell your friends all about the next morning. The food, drinks, and staff are enough to make you want to go back for more. Then they take it up to 11 by providing fabulous entertainment in an intimate space.” –Shari Pleiss”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bar
“For over a quarter of a century Brit's Pub has been Minneapolis's own little corner of the UK. The pub is known for nights by the fireplace in the winter and lawn bowling on the rooftop deck in the summer - with a whole lot in between including legendary TV football (soccer!) and rugby events. We are also proud to have a unique range of Private Event spaces, many with their own bar and fireplace. *downtown”
  • 25 locals recommend
Indie Movie Theater
“With 5 screens, this cinema plays a mix of mainstream and independent movies.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Night Club
“Neighborhood bar with live, local music and entertainment most nights. Trivia Sundays and Fridays. Never a cover. Excellent local beers and spirits, great place to meet people. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of my favorite places on earth! And it's right there close by. Try to go on a weeknight or a Sunday evening. Otherwise, go early if you go on a Saturday, it gets packed around 8pm. Try the grilled octopus--they slow-cook it with black garlic and it melts in your mouth more like a slow-roasted pork than a member of the squid family! They also have fabulous cocktails for only $10--a veritable steal around here these days for a non-dive bar! My other favorite dish is their daily oysters (they have both east and west coast options which change daily). On some nights they have local DJ's spinning retro albums! And the kitchen is open late.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Food
“The first legal distillery in Minneapolis since prohibition, Norseman is a great spot to stop for a craft cocktail! Don't forget to check out their website to see what food truck will be stopping by.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Gay Bar
“Gay 90s is a pretty large bar that boasts of drag shows and a very eclectic crowd.”
  • 10 locals recommend

Music venues

Theater
“This is one of the coolest theaters I have been to. Great place to go and hang out, lots to do in the area.”
  • 157 locals recommend
Music Venue
“THE place to find up and coming artists, Prince played here long before he was a household name, as have many other legends. Check out a show!”
  • 85 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“This super cool bar and restaurant has live music most every night. Great upscale food and craft cocktails. There's even a weekly dance party if you want to shake your sham.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“World class orchestra, concerts Thursday mornings, Friday and Saturday evenings. Let me know if you are interested, I can often get access to free tickets :). Simple bus ride (6 south) or $10-12 Lyft ride.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Inexpensive and low key, this place serves beer and wine but doesn't feel like a bar. Local, national, and international gigs.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Music Venue
“The Varsity is one of my favorite places to see live music. The intimate setting makes for a better concert than a big-box venue like the Xcel or Target Center.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“Cheap beer and local hotspot. This bar has pool, foosball, and other activities for groups. Cash only.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Triple Rock hosts many popular bands. They have a full bar as well, and bar food. Walking distance to Royal Blue.”
  • 4 locals recommend
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