If the bar scene isn’t your thing or you’re looking to shake things up sans alcohol, check out the following ideas for some of the best late-night activities beyond bars in Minnesota.
2540 Nicollet Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Vertical Endeavors will have you climbing the walls (literally) at one of its rock climbing facilities. Challenge yourself to one of several rock climbing walls. The Minneapolis location is open until 11 p.m., Monday through Saturday, so you can enjoy a good rock climbing session well into the evening or use it to get your evening started. Don’t forget to check out the St. Paul location (open until 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday) and the Duluth location (open until 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday).
2520 26th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Open until 1 or 2 a.m. every day of the week, you can bowl to your heart’s content into the wee morning hours at Memory Lanes. Take advantage of unlimited bowling for $8.99 per person, Sunday through Thursday from 9:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday evenings feature live music beginning at 10 p.m., so arrive early and snag a lane for bowling fun. If you’re looking for retro, score-your-own bowling, check out Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis or the Ran-Ham Bowling Center in St. Paul.
818 W. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
If you’re looking for something to do on a random evening, why not check out Rusty Quarters Arcade? When you walk through the doors, you’ll be hit with nostalgia, or if you’re too young to remember classics like Rampage, Donkey Kong, Ms. Pac Man, Frogger and more, you’re in for a treat. Find your favorite classic arcade game and try for a new high score. Each game takes just a few quarters, so Rusty Quarters offers endless hours of affordable fun. Open until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings (open until 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday), Rusty Quarters will keep you entertained into the later evening hours.
ShowPlace ICON Theatre
1625 W. End Blvd.
St Louis Park, MN 55416
If you’re looking for something to mindlessly captivate you into the later evening hours, why not catch a movie? With convenient reserved seating available, you can reserve your seats ahead of time on Fandango or pick out your seats at the door. No scrambling to score a stellar seat here, you can take your time at the concessions and order up some popcorn and sweet snacks before settling in for a show on the big screen. The LoBBy LOUNGE offers a great place to hang out before the movie, have dinner and perhaps an adult beverage. Don’t worry if you don’t finish everything on your plate. VIP guests can take their meals with them into the theater or order seconds at any time during the movie. Guests must be over 21 to enter the LoBBY LOUNGE.
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park
13310 Industrial Park Blvd., Suite 160
Plymouth, MN 55441
You know you begged your parents to buy you a yard trampoline when you were younger, so why not go and jump to your heart’s content at the Sky Zone Trampoline Park? Hit up SkyMania from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday evenings and SkyJam from 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday evenings for late-evening fun. Or, if you have a big group of friends you want to jump with, make reservations and dominate the park.
A Minnesota native that was born and raised Up North, Minneapolis is where Christina Kalinowski currently calls home. Christina appreciates irony, loves bacon, enjoys a hearty libation (drink responsibly, folks), and is an avid proponent of the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.