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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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  • Red Sea

    Red Sea

    320 Cedar Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55454
    612-333-3349

    http://www.redseaclub.com The Red Sea as been a staple of the West Bank for two decades. The attached restaurant provides a diverse Ethiopian menu that caters to both vegetarian and carnivorous eaters, and the bar hosts local entertainment every night. The cheap drinks and friendly staff make it a great place to see some local up-and-comers. Read more about Red Sea >>

  • Republic at Seven Corners

    Republic at Seven Corners

    221 Cedar Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55454
    612-338-6146

    http://www.republicmn.com When local restaurateur Matty O'Reilly, owner of the 318 and Aster Cafés, took over Preston's Urban Pub (formerly the decades-old Sergeant Preston's) on Seven Corners and replaced it with a concept called Republic, the news rankled some of the college bar's loyal clientele. But O'Reilly didn't do much to change Preston's character-rich space, beyond remove the flat-screen televisions, neon beer signs, and arcade games that detracted from the building's exposed brick walls, lofted tin ceilings, and ornate stained-glass windows. (Fear not, the iconic taxidermied deer, bison, and moose heads remain, as does the lovely patio.) Even without Preston's perilous fishbowls of booze, the place has maintained its student-hangout cred. O'Reilly made some nice upgrade: the smart, 32 tap beers and plates of scratch-cooked, pub-style fare are all priced for modest budgets--hardly anything costs more than $10. Favorites include the Thousand Hills beef and Wild Acres turkey burgers, the fish and chips, and the sausage and potatoes. For dessert, the $2 sweets pack plenty of satisfaction into three bites. You can sample the whole array of choices, then order seconds--or thirds--of your favorites. Read more about Republic at Seven Corners >>

  • REV Ultra Lounge

    731 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55403
    612-770-8278

    http://www.revmpls.com/

  • Rick

    Rick's Cabaret

    300 S. 3rd St. Minneapolis, MN 55415
    612-321-0488

    http://www.ricks.com One of the gentlemen's club franchise's twenty locations across the country, Rick's offers a full bar and fancy lounge area with plush seating. Mini lanterns are scattered along the copper bar, and behind it the old-fashioned wooden built-ins house a vast liquor selection. The bar and lounge area are separate from the stage, but there are plenty of girls wandering through. The early open time of 11 a.m. on weekdays is one of the perks of Rick's, along with its daily happy hours and full lunch and dinner menu. Special nights range from Sunday's service industry night to Monday's amateur night to the flashback-hits format on the agenda for Wednesday afternoons. If you're driving to Rick's, take advantage of the valet, and once you're inside be sure to ask about the VIP services available. Read more about Rick's Cabaret >>

  • Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

    Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

    800 Lasalle Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55402
    612-332-2739

    http://www.rockbottom.com Located in the heart of the Theater District in downtown Minneapolis, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery is an accessible spot to catch dinner and drinks before or after any event in the neighborhood. This brewpub offers a large Americana-style menu, as well as a wide variety of handcrafted beers brewed on-site. Read more about Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery >>

  • The Seville Club

    The Seville Club

    15 Glenwood Ave. N. Minneapolis, MN 55403
    612-465-8777

    http://www.thesevilleclub.com Not all strip clubs are created equal, and the Seville knows it. So instead of coasting on its fortuitous proximity to the Target Center and Target Field, this gentlemen's club makes sure to emphasize its air of class and refinement to the hilt. The dancers have one foot in old-school burlesque traditions, the waitstaff and crew are notably courteous, and the decor is heavy on classical artwork and exposed brick. Read more about The Seville Club >>

  • Shout House Dueling Pianos

    Shout House Dueling Pianos

    650 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55403-1828
    612-337-6700

    http://www.theshouthouse.com This Block E piano bar is popular with the after-work set, especially the audience-request and sing-along aspects of the entertainment. Read more about Shout House Dueling Pianos >>

  • Sinners

    Sinners

    123 Washington Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55401
    612-746-0666

    There's a certain stretch of Washington Avenue bordering downtown Minneapolis that acts as a sort of red light district for the area, and Sinners is right at the heart of it. An offshoot of the massive adult shop Sex World, Sinners has the same no alcohol/full nude approach as some of the other strip clubs in the area, though its reputation as a high-class, worker-friendly operation makes for an additional draw. Read more about Sinners >>

  • The Skyway Theatre

    The Skyway Theatre

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

    http://www.skywaytheatre.com Back in the '70s, this was downtown Minneapolis's main venue to catch the latest blockbuster movie. Now it's the center of a four-story club complex, retrofitting the old multiplex into a dance club and live music space with the kind of booming sound and open sightlines that concert spaces demand. Read more about The Skyway Theatre >>

  • Sneaky Pete

    Sneaky Pete's Ultimate Fun Bar

    14 N. 5th St. Minneapolis, MN 55403
    612-333-8820

    http://www.ultimatefunbar.com If the ideal bar is all things to all people, Sneaky Pete's has that lofty goal in its sights. A sizable space with room and ambiance enough to meet its sports bar/nightclub/restaurant crossover approach, this light rail-adjacent party spot offers dine-in and take-out eating, patio seating, more than four dozen flatscreen TVs, and frequent dance party nights. Read more about Sneaky Pete's Ultimate Fun Bar >>

  • Solera Restaurant & Event Center

    Solera Restaurant & Event Center

    900 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55403
    612-338-0062

    http://www.solera-restaurant.com The Twin Cities were forever changed the fateful night that this four-story tapas bar opened in the middle of downtown. It wasn't just the Gaudi-inspired architecture with all that Barcelona style that changed Minnesota. And it wasn't just that Solera has probably this country's best sherry list, and one of the best Spanish wine lists. It wasn't even the sunny rooftop party deck, with its house-music-all-night-long summer vibe. It was this: Suddenly Minnesotans of every income could get a taste of richly nuanced, deeply spiced, purely pleasurable cooking, at a quarter of the price that had made critics swoon. Sit at the chef-staffed tapas bar for the most purely gourmet treats (just ask the chef to cook for you). Read more about Solera Restaurant & Event Center >>

  • The Saloon

    The Saloon

    830 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55403
    612-332-0835

    http://www.saloonmn.com The GLBT-owned and operated Saloon has been a Twin Cities fixture for over three decades, offering an entertainment repertoire that caters to everyone from casual pubgoers to bear enthusiasts to diehard party boys. Traditional pursuits like karaoke and house-heavy DJ nights are augmented by more unique offerings like go-go "shower dancers" and Glee viewing nights. While the bar is a popular party focus, a recently added lounge section in the back of the building gives a more relaxed alternative to the crowded dancefloor. Read more about The Saloon >>

  • Toast Wine Bar & Cafe

    Toast Wine Bar & Cafe

    415 N. First St. Minneapolis, MN 55401
    612-333-4305

    http://www.toastwinebarandcafe.com Toast is the wine bar put together by one of the founders of dear, departed Auriga, and if you can find its little half-underground home in the northern reaches of downtown Minneapolis's Warehouse District, you will be amply rewarded with fine, unusual, affordable wines and some of the best antipasti and cheese plates in town. The wine list is particularly strong on unusual offerings from Compania, Sicily, Salento, and other such places where the world-flattening Godzilla of Merlot and Chardonnay hasn't obliterated indigenous grapes. The charcuterie plate is all killer and no filler--it's got some of the best dry salamis and sausages available in the United States; the ever-changing cheese plate is presented with all kinds of fine-dining high-style grace notes, such as a bit of Italian pear preserves infused with spicy mustard. Paper-crusted pizzas are topped with sophisticated combinations, and desserts are often quite graceful. Sound like just the thing downtown needed? We'll toast to that. Read more about Toast Wine Bar & Cafe >>

  • Triple Rock Social Club

    Triple Rock Social Club

    629 Cedar Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55454
    612-333-7399

    http://www.triplerocksocialclub.com Since they opened in 2003, the Triple Rock has become one of the big destination punk, indie rock and underground hip hop clubs in the Twin Cities -- a good-sized music venue catering to pretty much every cool kid in town. Arrive to shows early to grab a booth at the bar, which boasts one of the metro's best vegan-friendly menus. Read more about Triple Rock Social Club >>

  • Twin Cities Gay Hockey Association

    Minneapolis, MN 55415
    612-492-9009

  • Uncle Buck's

    26 N. 5th St. Minneapolis, MN 55401
    612.659.9000

    http://unclebucksmn.com

  • Aloft Minneapolis

    Aloft Minneapolis

    900 Washington Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55415
    612-455-8400

    A lobby bar that you don't need to check in to check out, the w xyz bar has a prominent place in the entryway of Washington Avenue's Aloft hotel. The decor is bright, colorful, modern and inviting, with enough picture windows and street-level views to make it feel more like an urban neighborhood hangout than a rest stop for weary travelers. A pair of daily happy hours -- one in the evening, one later at night -- feature specials on the bar's customized, unique liquor infusions. Read more about Aloft Minneapolis >>

  • Whisky Park

    Whisky Park

    15 S. 5th St. Minneapolis, MN 55402
    612-545-5235

    http://www.whiskyparkmn.com Shea Design turned the former home of Banana Joe's nightclub into a country bar by bringing in a few whiskey barrels and black-and-white portraits of Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton and asking the waitresses to wear tiny jean shorts. On weekend nights, the hip hop is loud enough to cause physical vibrations, and patrons crowd around the mechanical bull. The cavernous Whisky warehouse was created by Gene Suh, who owns Lyndale Tap, a neighborhood bar known for its beer list and pit beef sandwiches. It's not a place to entice or develop whiskey connoisseurs, as the selections aren't so much unusual or rare, but, especially during happy hour, it's a place to drink affordably. The whiskey cocktails-Dolly-Would, Ring of Fire, and the Bull Rider, among others-sweeten up the reputed old-man's spirit with the likes of sour mix, orange juice, and Red Bull. Pair a few with homemade beef jerky sticks, Buffalo chicken pizza, or, the bar's star, the barbecue beef brisket served between two slices of Texas toast. Read more about Whisky Park >>

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