Some individuals prefer their cocktails with a chaser of intellectual stimulation. If you consider yourself a nerd or a geek, or are looking for an event to help you get in touch with your intellectual side, check out the best nerdy bar events in the Twin Cities.

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Photo credit: ThinkStock

Bryant Lake Bowl
810 W. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 825-3737

This lovable Uptown bar is in touch with its nerdy side, hosting a plethora of events geared towards an intellectual crowd on a regular basis. Looking for a happy hour exchange with fellow nerds that focuses on a variety of scientific topics? You’ll want to check out Café Scientifique, a monthly installment featuring a presentation and discussion of topics sure to enthrall the nerdiest of nerds. For the literary inclined, attend Books & Bars on the second Tuesday of each month for a lively discussion of novels and authors over a few cocktails. Get your geek fix by attending Drinking with Geeks, a “monthly gathering of the nerd herd.” This event features a podcast on “all matters geeky and boozy,” a winning combination. For more nerdy events, check out Bryant Lake Bowl’s event calendar.

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Trivia Mafia
Various locations

Heralded as the best pub trivia in Minnesota, Trivia Mafia brings the brain games to bars all across the Twin Cities metro. From the city to the suburbs, Trivia Mafia can be found hosting fun and stimulating trivia events at local bars every night of the week. From the Drinkin’ Spelling Bee at the 331 Club to BARGO at Granite City, the Trivia Mafia hosts a plethora of nerdy fun games. Think you know your trivia? Attend an event and see how your knowledge stacks up against others. If you’re looking for a cheap, fun, geeky good time, be sure to check out Trivia Mafia’s event schedule to find an event near you.

(credit: Science Museum)

(credit: Science Museum)

Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W. Kellogg Blvd.
Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 221-9444

An obvious choice to visit for those of the nerdy persuasion is the Science Museum in St. Paul. Not only does the Science Museum have a plethora of intellectually stimulating exhibits on rotation, it also regularly features Social Science, a social gathering for the 21+ crowd. Enjoy a cocktail with fellow science lovers while exploring the museum. Each Social Science gathering features a new and interesting topic. Upcoming events include the Second Annual Fermentational Informational which explores the science of beer and wine (April 11) and Sound Systems: The Science of Music, an examination on the science behind music (June 6). Check out the Science Museum’s event calendar for upcoming Social Science events and cheers with your peers over a geeky, educational exhibit.

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Geeks, Nerds, Dweebs, Dorks & Other Assorted Social Misfits
Various locations

Are you a geek (or other social nonconformist) looking to hang out with fellow geeks (or other fellow nonconformists)? If so, then you’ll feel right at home attending one of Geeks, Nerds, Dweebs, Dorks & Other Assorted Social Misfits meetups. From geeky movie nights to gabbing over sushi to nerdy karaoke sing-a-longs, this meetup group caters to all types of intellectual nonconformists. And with a variety of meetups that occur all across the Twin Cities, you’re sure to find something geektastic to attend. Check out the Geeks, Nerds, Dweebs, Dorks & Other Assorted Social Misfits’ event calendar for upcoming events.

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(credit: Jupiter Images)

The Twin Cities Doctor Who Meetup Group
Parkway Theater

Are you a Whovian? If you just can’t get enough of Doctor Who and want to “bend time and space” with fellow Whovians, join the The Twin Cities Doctor Who Meetup Group. These Doctor aficionados host regular meetups every third Saturday of the month at Minneapolis’ Parkway Theater, congregating to gab about Doctor Who over food and cocktails and, of course, watch episodes (both old and new) of Doctor Who. Be sure to check the Doctor Who Meetup Group event calendar for upcoming events.

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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