Many times the bars seem to close too early, especially when you are having a good time. Whether you are ready to go home or not, you can be sure the staff at the bars are ready to close up and call it a night. Luckily, the night life in Minnesota provides many 24 hour joints and places to enjoy the night well after the bar closes. Forget taking the Uber to your friend’s cramped apartment, head over to one of these reliable after hour spots for more socialization and a good late night snack.
Uptown Diner
2548 Hennepin Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 874-0481
www.uptown-diner.com

The location of the Uptown Diner is perfectly situated in Uptown, Minneapolis for those that don’t want to travel far from the bars for some after-hours fun. A landmark diner and social hotspot in the Twin Cities, the Uptown Diner is open 24 hours from Thursday morning to Sunday evening. Stop by after the party for a classic breakfast at a fantastic greasy spoon or try their famous Cajun breakfast for some spice. The service is great and its an amazing place for some great people watching.

Pizza Luce
119 N 4th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 333-7359
https://pizzaluce.com/

The very first Pizza Luce location in Minnesota is unique in that it created the desire for many more Pizza Luces, even one up in Duluth. Another thing that makes this Pizza Luce unique is that it  is open until 3:30 am on Fridays and Saturdays. After the bar scene, party people can grab a slice of fresh Minneapolis pizza among the Warehouse District. Go classic with a slice of cheese or be adventurous and try the Baked Potato Pizza. The college crowd will flock to Pizza Luce after closing time so head over early and get a table.

Taqueria La Hacienda
334 E Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 822-2715
www.taquerialahacienda.com

A great place to get an authentic taco is also a great place to hang out after the bar closes. Taqueria La Hacienda dishes out fantastic Mexican food until 5:30 in the morning on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Where else can you get a great veggie burrito at 3am? Filled with after hours activity, Taqueria La Hacienda is a busy place on Friday and Saturday nights. Get there early to get a spot and satisfy your drunk taco craving!

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The Uptowner Cafe On Grand
1100 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 224-0406
www.uptownercafeongrand.com

If you find yourself on the St Paul side of the Twin Cities after bar close, you could be fortunate enough to be able to cap you night off without too much of a drive to a late night hangout. The Uptowner Cafe on Grand offers the classic diner atmosphere of greasy burgers, hashbrowns, and pancakes fresh off the griddle. Unlike your bar experience, there is plenty of parking but similar to the bar experience there is plenty of people too. Enjoy the energetic crowd along with your coffee until 6 am on Saturday and Sunday.

Hard Times Cafe
1821 Riverside Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612) 341-9261

This 22-hour joint is a great place for the after-hours munchies. They serve up a solid vegetarian menu with a delicious and huge amount of options. While it may be a little hipster, the Hard Times Cafe is cheap and provides fast counter service. Portions are huge here – share a dish or bring some home for lunch the next day. The Cafe is located on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota so it is usually crawling with college kids. Grab a meat-free dish and socialize all night long.

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Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for the last 10 years. Her hobbies include exercising, driving kids around, watching Minnesota sports, and reading self-help literature. Examiner.com.

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