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Bars and nightlife in Minneapolis

Top bars

Music Venue
“One of the original venues of Prince, Suburbs and many other iconic Mpls artists. ”
  • 86 locals recommend
Brewery
“Great beer, food & a great view of the city & Mill Ruins from the Upper Deck”
  • 78 locals recommend
Bar
“Home of the famous Juicy Lucy. Just down the block from the Cedar House, Matt's is a nationally acclaimed, family-friendly dive bar that offers one of the best burgers you'll find! Serving until 11 p. m. this is a good place for a bite to eat after a late arrival at the airport. ”
  • 95 locals recommend
Theme Restaurant
“Kitschy & retro tiki lounge with signature cocktails, they’ve got a great patio that overlooks the Mississippi River.”
  • 69 locals recommend
Arepa Restaurant
“Popular place with a South American-inspired menu. Good cocktails. Good brunch.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Bar
“Walk the lake (Bde Maka Ska), shop, or eat. Easy to explore! Parking can be at a premium at times. ”
  • 63 locals recommend
Theme Restaurant
“Take a Ferris wheel ride with the best views of downtown while sipping on one of their signature cocktails! Or play a round of mini golf if the weather permits. ”
  • 71 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“What doesn't Icehouse have? With live music on the weekends, to delicious food, and also great drinks and a fantastic atmosphere, you can't beat this fantastic place to go for a night on a date or just enjoying an evening close by the Airbnb.”
  • 48 locals recommend

Nightclubs

Theme Restaurant
“Kitschy & retro tiki lounge with signature cocktails, they’ve got a great patio that overlooks the Mississippi River.”
  • 69 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”
  • 18 locals recommend
Indie Movie Theater
“With 5 screens, this cinema plays a mix of mainstream and independent movies.”
  • 21 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
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.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Food
“Great place for specialty drinks. The vibe is really chill in there, I usually just sit at the bar. Great place to catch up with friends. They usually have a food truck parked outside if you're hungry.”
  • 16 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. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Night Club
“One of our favorite distilleries within a mile away. Signature cocktails in a cozy basement.”
  • 15 locals recommend

Music venues

Theater
“Park behind the Guthrie (bring quarters or a Credit Card), go into the building and walk out on the walkway that hangs out over the road; see the river from above. Go to the next floor and look out at the city and see the US Stadium from above: FREE!!!”
  • 160 locals recommend
Music Venue
“One of the original venues of Prince, Suburbs and many other iconic Mpls artists. ”
  • 86 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“What doesn't Icehouse have? With live music on the weekends, to delicious food, and also great drinks and a fantastic atmosphere, you can't beat this fantastic place to go for a night on a date or just enjoying an evening close by the Airbnb.”
  • 48 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.”
  • 13 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.”
  • 13 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.”
  • 8 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