Themed pub crawls are a popular occurrence and range from fundraisers to casual get-togethers to the downright bizarre. If you’re looking for a unique pub crawl to check out, or are looking for locations to start your own, read on for a list of some of the best pub crawls in Minnesota.
West Bank is an ideal location for a pub crawl with dozens of bars conveniently located within just a few blocks of one another. A popular scene amongst college kids, West Bank is also home to the Zombie Pub Crawl that occurs annually in October, a popular gathering place for the living and the dead. Try starting (or ending) your evening at one of the many bars that dot 7 Corners, and continue on down the line to the likes of the Nomad, Triple Rock and the Cabooze. Whether you’re planning on attending the Zombie Pub Crawl or looking for a place to host your own, the West Bank’s bevy of bars and proximity to delicious eats and sober transportation home (bus lines and taxis) make it a fun and convenient place for a pub crawl.
Uptown Minneapolis possesses an active nightlife, with a plethora of bars and restaurants located within the vicinity. The great thing about having a pub crawl Uptown is that there are a variety of different bar atmospheres, the northern end consisting primarily of cozy dive bars and the southern end home to trendier bars that typically attract a hip, younger crowd. Plan a pub crawl to include a variety along a loop from Lyndale, Lake and Hennepin, or customize your vibe per northern and southern Uptown atmospheres. Calhoun Square has hosted its own pub crawl in the past, featuring visits to each of its many bars and restaurants. Uptown has also been the site of other pub crawls like the Penguin Pub Crawl and Ugly Christmas Sweater crawls.
Downtown, Part 1
Downtown Minneapolis has a lot to offer those who seek a good pub crawl. Many pub crawls have occurred downtown, but one of the more notable ones, the 12 Bars of Christmas, occurs annually and raises money to donate to the Saint Paul and Minneapolis Children’s Hospitals. Bars ranging from Brothers to The Pourhouse, Kieran’s to the Imperial Room and Cowboy Jack’s to Whiskey Park have been popular destinations on the crawl. If you’re looking to customize your own, there are a ton of bars and restaurants with varying atmospheres to choose from, all conveniently located downtown. Try walking along Hennepin or situate yourself in the North Loop or along the light rail for easy transportation options once the crawl has ended.
Downtown, Part 2
Saint Paul, MN
The masterminds behind the Zombie Pub Crawl also host an annual Santa Pub Crawl in December which includes bars from Downtown Saint Paul to bars located to the west in neighborhoods like Summit Hill and Highland. While completing the entire pub crawl would require quite a trek on foot, shuttles are available to take Santa Pub Crawl attendees safely from bar to bar. Popular bars like Amsterdam, Billy’s on Grand, Eagle Street Grille, Groveland Tap, O’Gara’s, Patrick McGovern’s, Tiff’s and more line the area, making it a good place to experience a variety of bars (as long as you don’t mind the walk in between). Slip on a comfortable pair of shoes and gather your own group together for an unofficial crawl to check out Saint Paul nightlife.
Each St. Patrick’s Day, Superior Street comes alive in a sea of green. Sponsored by Finnegan’s, the St. Patrick’s Pub Crawl features stops at popular Irish bars including Carmody Irish Pub, Dubh Linn Pub and the 7 West Taphouse. Whether or not you plan on joining in St. Patrick’s Day festivities, the many bars and restaurants along Superior Street and into neighboring Superior, Wisconsin make it a great place for an impromptu pub crawl of your own. Explore the scenic waterfront and explore two different states in one evening with a jaunt along the Superior Street neighborhood.
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