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Station 4

Station 4

Station 4 boasts a convenient location, friendly bar staff, an unostentatious neighborhood-bar atmosphere and a stage area that accommodates metal's loudness well.
Clubhouse Jager

Clubhouse Jager

This immaculately-restored Germanic-style pub with its popular outdoor patio is a sort of trendy end-cap of the Warehouse district's nightlife, foregoing a TV-assault atmosphere of noise for a relatively low-key atmosphere.
Whole Music Club

Whole Music Club

Nestled in the basement of Coffman Union, the Whole has been a fixture on the U of M's campus since the hippie days. There's no such thing as an expensive show here -- typical cover charge is $5 or less.

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  • 1029 Bar

    1029 Bar

    1029 Marshall St. NE Minneapolis, MN 55413
    612-379-4322

    http://www.the1029bar.com There's an air of unusual traditions at the 1029, at least if the dozens-if-not-hundreds of brassieres hanging from the walls are any indication. But that's more whimsical than tacky, and the 1029's casual Nordeast atmosphere keeps things lighthearted and neighborhood-friendly. Read more about 1029 Bar >>

  • The 1029 Bar

    1029 Marshall St. NE Minneapolis, MN 55413
    612-379-4322

    http://www.the1029bar.com

  • 19 Bar

    19 Bar

    19 W. 15th St. Minneapolis, MN 55403
    612-871-5553

    http://19bar.itgo.com This laidback, come-as-you-are bar has been around since 1952. It's changed ownership a few times, and if you visited back in the day you'll notice that it's expanded just a bit. The brick walls and parquet wood bar are still there, along with numerous trophies won from pool leagues. Most of the patrons are regulars, and you may notice the bartender calling out your name with your choice of drink waiting if you're one of them. In 2010, City Pages dubbed it the best place to meet single gay men -- but it's certainly not a 'meat market' kind of place, so no skinny jeans necessary. 19 Bar doesn't cater to any specific demographic, so you'll likely find an overall feeling of being welcome once inside. Read more about 19 Bar >>

  • 22nd Avenue Station

    22nd Avenue Station

    2121 University Ave. NE Minneapolis, MN 55418
    612-789-9876

    This is probably your dad's favorite strip club, and quite possibly yours too. Finally, something you and the old man can agree on! Described as one of the few places in town where the most heavily-tattooed women can find gigs dancing (and are indeed most welcomed), the "Deuce Deuce" or "Double Deuce" as it's frequently called by locals is an unassuming spot, blending in seamlessly with other Northeast bars nearby. Part of its appeal is that one side of the bar looks like any other bar in the neighborhood, replete with pull tabs, meat raffles, and jerky in plastic tubs with screw-on tops. But the other room? A teeny catwalk, pole affixed, and dancers who are much more casual than at other locales. And that jukebox? Don't touch it - the ladies are in charge of it. Tip generously, and maybe they'll let you put in a request. Read more about 22nd Avenue Station >>

  • 318 Cafe

    318 Cafe

    318 Water St. Excelsior, MN 55331
    952-401-7902

    http://www.three-eighteen.com This little café with a big heart brings laid-back scratch-cooking to downtown Excelsior. The kitchen serves simple-but-tasty soups, sandwiches, salads, and baked goods, along with a nice selection of coffee drinks, wine, and beer. Plus, there's patio seating and live music for when you want to linger. Read more about 318 Cafe >>

  • 331 Club

    331 Club

    331 13th Ave. NE Minneapolis, MN 55413
    612-331-1746

    http://www.331club.com A Northeast Minneapolis destination for years, the 331 has all the amenities of a neighborhood bar -- unpretentious atmosphere, tasty bar food, a generous happy hour -- with a few touches of unique character. Stop in on Sunday during brunch hours to try out their build-your-own-pancake menu, or drop in anytime during the evening for shows from numerous local bands, including resident gigs by local country/folk stalwarts Glen Hanson and the Roe Family Singers. Read more about 331 Club >>

  • 400 Soundbar

    400 3rd Ave. N. Minneapolis, MN 55401
    612-338-3083

  • 5-8 Club

    5-8 Club

    5800 Cedar Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55417
    612-823-5858

    http://www.5-8club.com As one of the dueling "original" Jucy Lucy restaurants (5-8 uses the "i" in its Juicy), you'd expect the 5-8 Club to offer a classic rendition. And so it does, serving up a large, competent patty stuffed with plentiful (if not terribly flavorful) American cheese. The onions are a stringy, caramelized mess, but otherwise the bun and toppings are of solid quality. The club is surprisingly antiseptic and chain-restaurantesque, but that cuts both ways; it's easy to get seated, and there's plenty of room. Read more about 5-8 Club >>

  • 5-8 Club

    1741 South Robert Street St. Paul, MN 55118

    http://www.5-8club.com/

  • 508 Bar & Restaurant

    508 Bar & Restaurant

    508 1st Ave. N. Minneapolis, MN 55403
    612-339-0036

    http://www.bar508.com One of the newer generation of sports bars to benefit from the close proximity of Target Field, the 508 isn't just a crash pad for Twins fans left without a ticket -- it's a booming, two-level club with sidewalk patio seating and better-yet-cheaper-than-average bar food. Read more about 508 Bar & Restaurant >>

  • 719 Bar & Grill

    719 Dale St. N. St Paul, MN 55103
    651-489-9683

  • 7th St. Entry

    7th St. Entry

    701 1st Ave. N. Minneapolis, MN 55403-1327
    612-338-8388

    http://www.first-avenue.com Call it First Avenue's auxiliary wing if you want, but this small-capacity offshoot of the venerable club is every bit as integral to the venue's identity as the mainroom. Since the early '80s, the Entry has been an ideal venue for local showcases and indie-friendly touring bands, and the room's size -- cozy without being crowded -- guarantees that you'll always have good sightlines to the stage. Read more about 7th St. Entry >>

  • 8th Street Grill

    8th Street Grill

    800 Marquette Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55402
    612-349-5717

    http://www.8thstreetgrill.com In this skyway-strewn downtown, some of the best after-work hangouts still sit at street level, and the 8th Street Grill is one of them. The subdued decor and emphasis on homestyle cooking make it a subtler alternative to the garish whimsy of your typical chain restaurant, though the real reasons people go to those places -- namely a broad selection of appetizers and burgers, along with a massive tap beer list -- are still present. The 8th Street Grill also makes the most of its location sheltered beneath a parking garage: the entrance ramp doubles as the roof of an all-weather patio, complete with heat lamps. Read more about 8th Street Grill >>

  • Acadia Cafe

    Acadia Cafe

    329 S. Cedar Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55454
    612-874-8702

    http://www.acadiacafe.com Ever since they moved into their current location at Cedar & Riverside on Minneapolis' West Bank, the Acadia has made itself a welcome presence in a neighborhood with no shortage of great bars. Part of that owes to the club's bountiful beer selection, with more than two dozen tap brews and more than 40 bottle beers to choose from. Less-thirsty patrons, meanwhile, congregate there for their frequent no-cover shows, which run the gamut from rock to folk to experimental music. Read more about Acadia Cafe >>

  • Alary

    Alary's Bar

    139 E. 7th St. St. Paul, MN 55101
    651-224-7717

    http://www.alarys.com Alary's reputation as a "cop bar" notwithstanding, this downtown St. Paul institution with the amazing art deco facade and more flatscreens than Best Buy is a great destination for any kind of crowd. Gameday shuttles to and from the Xcel cater to Wild fans and tournament-goers, and if you're looking for somewhere to cheer for Da Bears without being set upon by a purple-clad horde, you've got a home away from home. Read more about Alary's Bar >>

  • Albert Pike Masonic Lodge

    907 Mainstreet Hopkins, MN 55343
    952-938-9207

  • Amsterdam

    Amsterdam

    6 W. 6th St. St. Paul, MN 55102
    612-285-3112

    http://www.amsterdambarandhall.com Don't let the downtown St. Paul location throw you: having spotted a gap in the area's live music department, Amsterdam has jumped into it feet-first. A destination bar with a focus on live music and DJs, this venue from the same Oulman-family braintrust that gave Nordeast the 331 has a modern, open-floor layout with a well-balanced distribution between booths, bar seating and dancefloor space. Eclectic bar food with a Netherlands twist complements a wide bar selection. Read more about Amsterdam >>

  • Anchorage Lounge

    1330 Industrial Blvd. NE Minneapolis, MN 55413
    612-379-4444

  • Apple Valley American Legion Post #1776

    Apple Valley American Legion Post #1776

    14521 Granada Drive Apple Valley, MN 55124-7418
    952-431-1776

    The Apple Valley American Legion Post #1776 has the easy-going vibe and older group of patrons one can expect from a veterans or fraternal organization bar. At this location, you can expect karaoke, live bands (sometimes on the same night), friendly staff, pull tabs and affordable drinks, as well as event rooms available for rent. Read more about Apple Valley American Legion Post #1776 >>

  • Aqua

    Aqua

    400 1st Ave. N. Minneapolis, MN 55401
    612-232-3232

    http://www.aquampls.com Aqua is emblematic of the 21st century mainstream club scene: candy-colored lighting, Top 40 hits throttled through a booming sound system, and an atmosphere of good, clean debauchery. The club's all-modern decor and post-Maxim attitude make it feel like the kind of zeitgeist-heavy place where nothing before the year 2002 actually exists -- which makes its location in one of downtown Minneapolis' oldest buildings that much more unusual. Read more about Aqua >>

  • Arcade Bar

    932 Arcade St. St Paul, MN 55106-3851
    651-774-9207

  • Arones Bar

    Arones Bar

    500 Central Ave. SE Minneapolis, MN 55414
    612-623-3245

    Atypically for Northeast, Arones offers a very "mom & pop" atmosphere with the low chatter of regulars and the background noise of the television set. The bar offers a few pool tables, a bookcase of worn soft-cover novels, a lottery-sale booth, well-played chess sets, and endless free popcorn. The bartenders provide nightly specials and cheap drinks in the cash-friendly bar, as well as a full food menu in the attached restaurant. Read more about Arones Bar >>

  • Aster Cafe

    Aster Cafe

    125 SE Main St. Minneapolis, MN 55414
    612-379-3138

    http://www.aster-cafe.com St. Anthony Main's Aster Café is located in what is arguably the most beautiful and picturesque slice of Minneapolis. The space features an extensive and quirky beer and wine list, simple but highly intelligent (and very local) breakfast, dinner, and dessert menus, specialty tea-infused cocktails, and an ambiance that is at once cozy and relaxed. Whether you're sitting at one of the copper-topped tables, at the hand-crafted wooden bar, or on the expansive outdoor patio, you've got the delightful view of the river against the backdrop of downtown. If you're around in the evening, things get very intimate as the lights are lowered and the stage is lit up for live music. Read more about Aster Cafe >>

  • Augie

    Augie's Bourbon Street Cabaret

    424 Hennepin Ave. N. Minneapolis, MN 55401
    612-333-7652

    Located within stumbling distance of one of the northern-most light rail stops, Augie's features exotic dancers who may look slightly less like your second cousin (whereas Skyway, to the west, or BJs, to the far northwest, are likely to feel like your golt-darned family reunion), but at a cover charge and ambiance vibe worlds away from venues like Choice and Déjà Vu just to the north. Read more about Augie's Bourbon Street Cabaret >>

  • Awada's On Plato

    199 Plato Blvd. E. St Paul, MN 55107-1624
    651-293-9111

  • B-Dale Club

    2100 Dale St. N. Roseville, MN 55113
    651-489-5386

    http://www.b-dale.com

  • B.J.

    B.J.'s Liquor Lounge

    229 W. Broadway Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55411
    612-521-4144

    When you want a what-you-see-is-what-you-get sort of spot, a place not dressed up and thus rarely disappointing, BJ's Liquor Lounge is your place. Located at the busy intersection of Washington and Broadway just off I-94 in Near North Minneapolis, BJ's looks like an unassuming Northeast dive bar from the outside, and proves to be just that once you step inside. Past a small game room is a bar, small stage, and a number of tables where one can sit quietly and drink or, if one chooses, carouse with one of the dancers on duty. Read more about B.J.'s Liquor Lounge >>

  • Babe

    Babe's Music Bar

    20685 Holyoke Ave. W. Lakeville, MN 55044
    952-469-5200

    http://www.babesmusicbar.com

  • Bamboo Betty

    Bamboo Betty's

    3800 Restwood Road Circle Pines, MN 55014
    763-786-1014

    Bar-goers tend to also enjoy bar-hopping, even in tiny Lexington. That makes Bamboo Betty's across-the-street proximity to Cowboy's Saloon valuable. Business is good on the weekends with crowds dominated by youngish domestic beer-swilling locals. The space functions like a smaller version of the Cabooze: a rectangular bar lined with hightop tables greets visitors while a band stage and floor space occupies the rear wall. A popular party spot in the north 'burbs. Read more about Bamboo Betty's >>

  • Bar Fly

    Bar Fly

    711 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55403
    612-333-6100

    http://www.barflyminneapolis.com The street-level portion of this Hennepin Avenue club complex is home to young crowds, top 40 DJs and regular drink specials. A large main room, the entryway "Boom Boom Room," and a summer patio give patrons plenty of space to party. Read more about Bar Fly >>

  • Bar La Grassa

    Bar La Grassa

    800 N. Washington Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55401
    612-333-3837

    http://www.barlagrassa.com Chef Isaac Becker, who runs the 112 Eatery with his wife Nancy St. Pierre, partnered with some of the restaurateurs behind Barrio, to launch this trendy, Warehouse District pasta bar. The space exudes the relaxed luxury of a wealthy person's family cabin and even though La Grassa means "the fat" in Italian, the eats aren't necessarily fancy or spendy. The menu looks like an Italian version of a Spanish tapas bar, including raw halibut antipasti, burrata bruschetta, and nearly two dozen fresh and dried pastas, the best of which is the pillowy gnocchi perked up with caramelized cauliflower and citrus. The pork ribs, marinated in garlic, rosemary, and chiles, are better than those at some places that call them their specialty: magically crusted on top, yet moist and fatty underneath. But don't eat too many or you won't have room for caramel crepes or lemon lavender mousse. Read more about Bar La Grassa >>

  • Bar Louie

    Bar Louie

    1348 Lagoon Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55408
    612-824-1529

    http://www.barlouieamerica.com

  • Barbette

    Barbette

    1600 W. Lake St. Minneapolis, MN 55408
    612-827-5710

    http://www.barbette.com Barbette is an Uptown dining legend--the fries consistently win awards as the best in town, the wine list is shockingly affordable and well chosen, the food has tended to showcase fine-dining sourcing at everyday prices. Seriously, this has long been the place wine and dining professionals go when they're picking up their own checks. Read more about Barbette >>

  • Barker

    Barker's Bar & Grill

    413 2nd St. Hudson, MN 54016
    715-386-4123

    http://www.barkersbarandgrill.com

  • Barley John

    Barley John's Brew Pub

    781 Old Highway 8 SW Moundsview, MN 55112
    651-636-4670

    http://www.barleyjohns.com Barley John's can hardly be called undiscovered anymore, even in far-flung Mounds View. After all, the pub picked up a pair of City Pages' "Best of" honors in 2010¬ for brewpub and best suburban bar. While Barley John's signature brews are a major attraction, they don't let the food side of the equation down. You'll find plenty of typical bar fare on the menu, from burgers to beer-battered fish to a bevy of pizzas (including a hot chipotle variety), but there are also items like a portobello mushroom melt, pasta specials, and hearty fare like beef tenderloin and a smoked pork chop. Read more about Barley John's Brew Pub >>

  • Barrio Tequila Bar

    Barrio Tequila Bar

    235 E. 6th St. St. Paul, MN 55101
    651-222-3250

    http://www.barriotequila.com Following the success of their initial Nicollet Mall location, Barrio's Lowertown location offers more of the same -- and good thing, too. Delicious margaritas, excellent Mexican fare and a remarkably expansive selection of tequila echo the Minneapolis spot, but the wide-open atmosphere and gorgeous Mears Park view give the St. Paul incarnation a personality of its own. Read more about Barrio Tequila Bar >>

  • Barrio Tequila Bar & Cafe

    Barrio Tequila Bar & Cafe

    925 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN 55402
    612-333-9953

    http://www.barriotequila.com Forget all the awful tequila stories you've heard (or told)--the ones that ended hunched over the toilet, waking up in a stranger's bed, or spending the night in jail--because Barrio is out to class up the much-maligned spirit. Tim McKee and Josh Thoma, of La Belle Vie fame, partnered with local real estate developers Tim Rooney and Ryan Burnet (Burnet worked with his father, Ralph, on the illustrious Chambers and W hotels) to create a tequila bar that treats the spring-break party drink with a reverence typically reserved for wine. The dark, cozy space is decorated in a Latin Goth, with an eerie, Day of the Dead-like festivity--you'd hardly recognize it as a former Dunn Bros. coffee shop. Despite Barrio's emphasis on its 100-plus-bottle tequila list, the food is what's really fantastic. Executive chef Bill Fairbanks (a longtime La Belle Vie sous chef) serves refined versions of street foods from Mexico and Central and South America: Tecate-battered fried mahi-mahi tacos, red chile enchilada with fried egg and chorizo, and barbecued pork sopes. He also serves some fancier fare, dishes like tequila-cured salmon, ahi tuna with quinoa, and diver scallop ceviche. Just make sure to save room for the churros. Read more about Barrio Tequila Bar & Cafe >>

  • Bayport BBQ

    Bayport BBQ

    328 5th Ave. N. Bayport, MN 55003
    651-955-6337

    http://www.bayportbbq.com In Texas, barbecue aficionados have been known to drive 50 miles for lunch. And before Bayport BBQ opened in the St. Croix River town by the same name, Minnesotans in search of Texas-style smoked brisket, ribs, sausage, and chicken would have needed at least a tank or two of gas. Previously the more formal Bayport Cookery, the BBQ spot has retained the building's pretty stained glass, but it now has white paper on the tabletops, plays gut-punching blues on overhead televisions, and serves meat by the pound, family style, on big metal trays. The meat is consistently smoky and tender, whether served sliced, pulled, sausage-cased, or still on the bone--and it can be gussied up with bites of creamy potato au gratin, baked beans, and pickles. A few other nice touches: Recycled Corona bottles filled with barbecue sauce line up on a warmer; sweet tea and bloody Marys made with white whiskey are served in Mason jars, and Bayport bakes its own artisan-style rolls in lieu of packaged white bread. When there's nary a scrap of meat left on the tray, you can take your slice of pecan pie for the road. Read more about Bayport BBQ >>

  • Bayside Grille

    Bayside Grille

    687 Excelsior Blvd. Excelsior, MN 55331
    952-474-1113

    http://www.bayviewevent.com/grille.html There's nothing like lakeside dining in Minnesota, and the Bayside Grille has that in spades, with a deck for the warmer months and a great view all the time of Lake Minnetonka. The Bayside features both a breakfast and lunch-dinner menu, with plenty of options--from burgers, sandwiches, and wraps to waffles and breakfast fajitas to a variety of flatbread pizzas. Breakfasts are generally in the $6 to $7 range, with the lunch and dinner items running from around $9 to $19. The restaurant is only part of the attractions, as it sits behind the BayView Event Center, charters cruises that start and end at the restaurant, and also features live music. Read more about Bayside Grille >>

  • The Beat Coffeehouse

    The Beat Coffeehouse

    1414 W. 28th St. Minneapolis, MN 55408
    612-910-0360

    http://www.thebeatcoffee.com Sitting nestled just off Hennepin's hub-bub, The Beat offers the full range of coffees, flavors, teas, juices, and different sandwiches we've all grown accustomed to post-Seattle explosion (was that 100 years ago?). High ceilings, open space, and lovely street seating are just a few more amenities for this understated Uptown establishment. Read more about The Beat Coffeehouse >>

  • Beaujo

    Beaujo's Wine Bar & Bistro

    4950 France Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55410
    952-922-8974

    http://www.beaujos.net This cozy bistro and wine bar is where grown-up Edina folk go in lieu of Perkins. The walls are painted in golden hues, which has a warming affect like that of the dozens of wines served by the served by the half-glass and flight, in addition to the standard glass or bottle. The food is mostly approachable--pan fried walleye, flatbread pizza, portobello mushroom sandwich--but sometimes gets as edgy as PEI mussels steamed in a coconut milk, Kaffir lime, and lemongrass broth. Read more about Beaujo's Wine Bar & Bistro >>

  • Bebop Sports Bar

    1009 109th Ave. NE Blaine, MN 55434-3729
    612-803-6468

    http://www.bebopsportsbar.com/

  • Beehive Tavern

    937 3rd St. E. St Paul, MN 55106-5201
    651-776-8930

  • Beer Belly's

    1267 Geneva Ave. N. Oakdale, MN 55128-5705
    651-735-5356

  • Biff

    Biff's Sports Bar & Grill

    7777 NE Highway 65 Fridley, MN 55432
    763-784-9446

    http://www.biffssportsbar.com This American-themed sports bar offers predictable bar favorites along with a variety of entertainment options. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. For lunch or dinner, Biff's serves 12- and 16-inch pizzas for $11 and $14 (with each extra topping $2). Dinner entrees include the likes of chicken alfredo, roasted chicken, and walleye in the $10 to $13 range. You can also build your own burgers and chicken sandwiches. Biff's hosts pool and dart leagues and live music on weekends. Read more about Biff's Sports Bar & Grill >>

  • Big 10 Restaurant & Bar

    Big 10 Restaurant & Bar

    606 Washington Ave. SE Minneapolis, MN 55414
    612-378-0467

    http://www.big10restaurant.com A campus institution, the Big 10 Restaurant & Bar has been serving the U of M community for generations. The exposed brick and wood booths give the bar a warm feeling, and the sports-bar decor reveals its focus on the local rooter crowd. The bar provides nightly specials and themed nights, including trivia night and ladies' night. And the sizable space can handle large crowds of sports fans, whether they're looking to celebrate their latest victory or sulk over a recent defeat. Either way, they're treated to a variety of beers on tap, free popcorn, classic rock tunes and a full menu. Read more about Big 10 Restaurant & Bar >>

  • Big Wood Brewery

    2222 Fourth Street White Bear Lake, MN 55110
    612-360-2986

    http://www.bigwoodbrewery.com

  • Billy Bob

    Billy Bob's Pub 'n Grub

    8060 Highway 55 Rockford, MN 55373
    763-477-4742

    http://www.billysinrockford.com Billy Bob's Pub 'N Grub is a small town bar that's been open since the early 1980s and still maintains a large crowd of regulars. Every weekend it features live music, with a large dance floor providing plenty of space to boot-scoot and boogie. Other diversions include billiards, meat raffles and euchre tournaments. Read more about Billy Bob's Pub 'n Grub >>

  • Billy

    Billy's On Grand

    857 Grand Ave. St. Paul, MN 55105
    651-292-9140

    http://www.billysongrand.com

  • Bin Wine Bar

    Bin Wine Bar

    400 Sibley St. St. Paul, MN 55101
    651-224-9463

    http://www.binwinebar.com Bin is one of many bars bordering St. Paul's beautiful Mears Park, and it's carved out its own unique niche, doing for the vino what Lowertown neighbors Barrio and the Bulldog have done for tequila and beer respectively. A wide variety of cheese selections, light fare and beers complement a connoisseur's selection of red and white wines. Read more about Bin Wine Bar >>

  • Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar

    Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar

    308 Prince St. St. Paul, MN 55101
    651-228-9274

    http://www.blackdogstpaul.com Located across the street from the farmer's market in hoppin' Lowertown, Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar's warehouse space is bright and airy, with a high ceiling and lots of light. In a neighborhood infused with the arts, the Black Dog follows suit with walls covered in works by local artists. It also hosts poetry readings and throws a killer block party. An ideal urban coffeehouse featuring locally roasted blends, this is also a nice lunch destination with sandwiches, soups, salads, and pizzas focusing on local produce. Black Dog has a fine happy hour (daily 4-7 p.m.) with a good beer selection and lovely wine list. Try one of the pizzas with fresh basil and three toppings for $11.95. Sidewalk seating in the summertime. Read more about Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar >>

  • Blarney Pub & Grill

    Blarney Pub & Grill

    412 14th Ave. SE Minneapolis, MN 55414
    612-331-1527

    http://www.blarneypubandgrill.com The current occupant of a Dinkytown bar space that's been an institution for decades, the Blarney is a careful balance of college sports bar and Irish pub. It pulls off this dual personality with flying colors, thanks in part to a combination of special-priced fare, maroon-and-gold-meets-Emerald decor, and weekend live music. Read more about Blarney Pub & Grill >>

  • The Blue Door Pub

    The Blue Door Pub

    1811 Selby Ave. St. Paul, MN 55104
    651-493-1865

    http://www.thebdp.com With a menu driven by Jucy Lucys and all manner of fried goods (green beans, cheese curds, Spam bites, etc.), the Blue Door Pub is low on pretense but high on creativity and passion. The menu is dominated by scratch-made pub grub that puts a premium on quality and taste, and the atmosphere is friendly. Try the Breakfast Lucy ($8.50) if you're in the mood for something deliciously over the top. The creaminess of the fried egg, plus the thick-cut salty bacon, plus the burger, plus a whole mess of liquid cheese add up to one devilishly delicious meal on a bun. Read more about The Blue Door Pub >>

  • Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant

    Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant

    2027 E. Franklin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55404
    612-338-3000

    http://www.bluenilempls.com Modern humans evolved in Ethiopia, but what did our distant ancestors eat? Possibly something like injera, a fermented flatbread made from one of the earliest cultivated grains, called teff. At the Blue Nile, a large restaurant that often has live music and dancing in the attached bar, a big injera arrives at your table bearing ladles of stew; raafuu, for instance, a kale-carrot blend, or maraka lukuu, chicken on the bone in a thick, rich tomato-laced butter sauce. Order a sampler platter, and you'll get most of the best items on the menu at minimal expense. Tear off sections of the injera and use them to scoop up the stews. As you tear and scoop your way through your meal, consider this: What would Lucy have made of Doritos? Read more about Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant >>

  • Bogart

    Bogart's Place

    14917 Garrett Ave. S. Apple Valley, MN 55124
    952-432-1515

    http://www.bogartsplace.com Tucked away in a hard-to-find spot in Apple Valley (don't blink or you'll miss it -- it's near the intersection of Garrett and Galaxie), Bogart's Place is a unique venue for three major reasons. 1: It is Humphrey Bogart-themed. 2: It has a bowling alley. 3: Coolio has played here. Check it out for its spacious bars, dance floor, DJ nights, live entertainment, and Texas Hold 'Em. Read more about Bogart's Place >>

  • Bolt Underground

    Bolt Underground

    515 Washington Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55415
    612-338-0896

    http://www.eagleboltbar.com Bolt's space is decidedly more techno-industrial than the pub-like ambiance of the adjoining Minneapolis Eagle. Brick walls and music video-playing projection screens dominate around a chrome rectangular bar and lofty ceilings with exposed pipework. Bolt dims the lights on Thursdays for goth-themed/darkwave "Chamber" nights. Read more about Bolt Underground >>

  • The Brass Rail

    The Brass Rail

    422 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55401
    612-332-7245

    http://www.thebrassraillounge.com Is the Gay '90s a bit too labyrinthine? Simplify next door at the Brass Rail, where a narrow but deep bar extends into a dancing lounge complete with cushioned seating. The shows here are also stripped down, literally. Skip the drag get-ups and makeup, go straight to the skin: Brass Rail hosts a male revue Wednesday through Sunday. Read more about The Brass Rail >>

  • Brit

    Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment

    1110 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN 55403
    612-332-3908

    http://www.britspub.com I say, old bean, want to run round to Brit's for a pint and a gander at some young, attractive professionals, wot? And Scotch eggs? Well, Scotch eggs if you lose a bet. Who eats a bread-crumb coated-sausage ball formed around a hard-boiled egg? That's what happens when you have to pick between cuisine and empire. Anyhoo, the lawn-bowling court out back is a real treasure, and if you score a Friday-night table, a couple of pints, and a plate of the ale-battered fish and chips, you might just end the night singing "God Save the Queen" to one of the comely up-and-comers that frequent the spot. Read more about Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment >>

  • Broadway Pizza

    4106 Lakeland Ave. N. Robbinsdale, MN 55422-1832
    763-533-0800

    http://www.broadwaypizzamn.com

  • Brothers Bar and Grill

    Brothers Bar and Grill

    430 1st Ave. N. Minneapolis, MN 55401
    612-339-4240

    http://www.brothersbar.com The number of sports bars around the Target Center/Field nexus in downtown Minneapolis might be too numerous to count, but Brothers fills its own niche in a busy district. With its vast cellar-level space, pool tables and bar games, armada of flatscreen TVs and a lighthearted, nostalgic decor, Brothers has all the feel of a well-maintained basement rec room -- only a whole lot bigger. Read more about Brothers Bar and Grill >>

  • Bugg

    Bugg's Place

    925 Concord St. N. South St. Paul, MN 55075
    651-455-2195

    One of the staunchest opponents of the 2008 Minnesota bars smoking ban, Bugg's in South St. Paul embodies a working class ethos and the value of personal freedoms. It's freedom that is celebrated on one bar wall, where framed pictures and street signs provide ample evidence that Bugg's appreciates our nation's veterans. A new wooden patio provides a view of winter broom ball and boot hockey league games, while horseshoe leagues are featured during warmer months. Read more about Bugg's Place >>

  • The Bulldog Lowertown

    The Bulldog Lowertown

    237 E. 6th St. St. Paul, MN 55101
    651-221-0750

    http://www.thebulldoglowertown.com The TVs, dartboards and shuffleboard table might say "sports bar", but the subtle decor and wide-open atmosphere makes the Lowertown location of this Twin Cities institution one of the neighborhood's most attractive nightlife destinations for residents and visitors alike. Besides, your typical sports bar doesn't boast the connoisseur-caliber beer selection and above-average food that the Bulldog offers. Read more about The Bulldog Lowertown >>

  • Bulldog NE

    Bulldog NE

    401 E. Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55414
    612-378-2855

    http://www.thebulldognortheast.com The Bulldog is big old bar-bar, the kind of place with napkin dispensers on the tables and hockey on the TVs, which also has steak tartare, house-made terrine, and elegant salads on the menu. Burgers are made with kobe beef, and the fresh, square-cut fries that arrive with the burger are as golden as croissants and taste as real as daylight. The Bulldog N.E. has a very nice little wine list, but the real drinking delights are in its remarkable beer selections--British import Young's Double Chocolate Stout goes far better with the unobtrusively gourmet-ified chili dog than wine ever could. Read more about Bulldog NE >>

  • Bulldog Restaurant

    Bulldog Restaurant

    2549 Lyndale Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55405
    612-872-8893

    http://www.thebulldogmpls.com Humans have weird superstitions about food, as any rhinoceros without his horn can tell you. However, ration and practical skepticism notwithstanding, please know that the Chicago Beef at Bulldog kills hangovers dead. Dead! No one knows why. Is it the steamy beef? The hot giardinera, all fire, vegetable, vinegar, and pop? Is it the golden-griddled bun? Is the magical power therein doubled by the addition of chili-cheese fries? Who knows? The mysteries here are impermeable to the forces of logic. Please know that the burgers are also good here, crisp and well seared, and the hot dogs are textbook renditions. Read more about Bulldog Restaurant >>

  • Bullseye Saloon

    9646 Main St. Elko, MN 55020
    612-282-9056

    http://www.bullseye-saloon.com

  • Bunker

    Bunker's Music Bar & Grill

    761 Washington Ave. N. Minneapolis, MN 55401
    612-338-8188

    http://www.bunkersmusic.com The Warehouse District might have changed a bit in the last decade or so, but Bunker's has maintained its longtime Washington Avenue space as one of the strongest neighborhood music bars and restaurants in town. Legends tell of the occasional impromptu Prince drop-in jam session appearance, though longtime resident bands like the International Reggae All-Stars and funky R&B specialists Dr. Mambo's Combo are top-notch draws in themselves. Read more about Bunker's Music Bar & Grill >>

  • Bunny

    Bunny's Bar & Grill

    5916 Excelsior Blvd. Minneapolis, MN 55416
    952-922-9515

    http://www.bunnysbarandgrill.com Bunny's Bar & Grill has been a St. Louis Park institution for over 70 years, delivering a wide array of food and beverages to its faithful patrons. Game days get pretty lively, with fans crowding the spacious bar, tuning in to Bunny's vast amounts of big screen TV's. The neighborhood atmosphere of the place is sure to make you feel welcome no matter what team you're cheering for. Read more about Bunny's Bar & Grill >>

  • Buster

    Buster's on 28th

    4204 28th Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55406
    612-729-0911

    http://www.busterson28th.com Neighborhood bar known for its large beer list--dozens of hard-to-find drafts come from as close as Wisconsin and as far as Belgium. Better-than-average bar food includes bison burgers and homemade salt-and-vinegar potato chips. Read more about Buster's on 28th >>

  • Buttered Toast Productions

    7250 Hudson Boulevard N. Oakdale, MN 55128
    612-865-4852

    http://www.butteredtoastproductions.com

  • C.C. Club

    C.C. Club

    2600 S. Lyndale Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55408
    612-874-7226

    http://www.myspace.com/theccclub Upon first impression, the C.C. Club appears to be just a typical sports-bar-style dive joint. However, after spending just moments inside, you'll notice a young, trendy, energetic crowd that frequents the bar to enjoy its comfortable, informal and entertaining vibe. The booths sport pleather, the walls are paneled wood, and the full bar is decorated with twinkling lights. The jukebox plays familiar rock music, and there are Pac-Man tables and arcade games for entertainment. However, a majority of the young urban patrons are engrossed in a stream of pool games and cigarette breaks on the noteworthy smoking patio. The bar offers a variety of drinks with nightly beer specials and a full menu. Read more about C.C. Club >>

  • Cabooze

    Cabooze

    917 Cedar Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55404
    612-338-6425

    http://www.cabooze.com Named for its intentional resemblance to a super-sized train's caboose, this light-rail-adjacent venue has long stood as one of the area's most prominent blue-collar clubs. Though its bikers-and-blues atmosphere is what gives the Cabooze its working-class charm, it also plays host to country, indie rock, hip hop, jam bands and everything in between. Read more about Cabooze >>

  • Cajun Club

    1400 Main St. Houlton, WI 54082
    715-549-6901

    http://www.cajunclub.net

  • Camp Bar Twin Cities

    Camp Bar Twin Cities

    490 N. Robert St. St. Paul, MN 55101
    651-292-1844

    http://www.camp-bar.net A relaxed atmosphere and a subtle self-awareness help this quietly popular St. Paul gay bar stand out. Flatscreens, artsy decor and comfortable couches give it an accessibly upscale atmosphere. Read more about Camp Bar Twin Cities >>

  • Cardinal Tavern

    Cardinal Tavern

    2920 E. 38th St. Minneapolis, MN 55406
    612-724-5837

    Like other South Minneapolis bars of its ilk, the Cardinal Tavern serves beer, wine, and no booze. But dry your eyes -- it offers plenty more to make up for it. The bar has a full kitchen with great specials on burgers, carries Jakeeno's Pizza (another South Minneapolis mainstay), offers karaoke, pool tables, darts, and game specials. And, most importantly, it's just a jump away from the 38th Street Light Rail station, making it a convenient place to stop pre- or post-game. Read more about Cardinal Tavern >>

  • The Cedar Cultural Center

    The Cedar Cultural Center

    416 Cedar Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55454
    612-338-2674

    http://www.thecedar.org While they've hosted plenty of touring and local rock and jazz bands, this West Bank institution is the place to go if you want to see the cream of world music. This converted movie theater, featuring both seated and standing viewing, has hosted everything from Tuvan throat singing to Scandinavian folk to African hip hop and beyond, making it one of the most globally illuminating venues in the Midwest. Read more about The Cedar Cultural Center >>

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