Stereotyped as super-nice (if not a bit passive aggressive), Minnesota is ready to throw down/party/whatever the kids do nowadays with a huge All-Star Game weekend — topped off with a late bar close set for 4 a.m. on July 16.
So, if you are from out of town and would like to check out some great nightlife spots, check out the list below!
Downtown Bars/Clubs (Of Course)
We’ll start with the obvious. Minneapolis’ downtown area offers many places to get your dance and/or drink on.
This area is notably hipster, yes, and has been compared to Portland, yes … but it’s fun, it’s bustling and the ever-developing area around Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street — and Lyndale Avenue and Lake Street — has bars and dining for all types. Features multiple rooftop dining (Stella’s, Uptown Tavern, Amore Victoria, Moto-I) and is situated right next to beautiful Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles. Then, finish the day off with a late night flick at Uptown Theatre!
Northeast Minneapolis is a whole other area to explore, rich with great craft breweries, bars and restaurants to fit your fancy.
Wedged between (and around) Interstate 94, 2nd Avenue and 3rd Street in what’s also known as the Warehouse District, North Loop is another fast-growing area of Minneapolis teeming with nightlife. Check out newer hot spots like Bachelor Farmer, Bar La Grassa and Fulton Brewery – as well as older establishments like Jetset, Origami and Bev’s Wine Bar.
Nicollet Mall is a strip that runs right through the heart of Minneapolis west to east. Nicollet features shopping, bars, restaurants and more to entertain you. So, just walk a few blocks south of Target Field and catch a jazz show at the Dakota Jazz Club, grab a pint at Brit’s Pub or The Local, get an amazing seafood dinner at Oceanaire or just enjoy shopping and people-watching.
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If you have any more suggestions, let the out-of-towners know in the comments below!