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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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  • Bar Abilene

    Bar Abilene

    1300 Lagoon Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55408
    612-825-2525

    http://www.barabilene.com If you mix them, they will come! Bar Abilene has proved this, building an almost cult-like following with their 16-ounce margaritas made with fresh juices and top-shelf tequilas. Truly, people drive in from the farthest corners of the metro area for these jewel-bright drinks made from some 90 tequilas and 30 juices. All hail the beauty of fresh squeezed lime! The kitchen produces some clean, fresh, slightly elevated versions of Mexican favorites. The guacamole is made before your eyes, at tableside, and because of that it's as fresh and good as possible. The chili, made with sirloin steak and black beans, is both rib-sticking and sophisticated. A Frank-Gehry-meets-Hopalong-Cassidy interior, and the biggest television in Uptown round out the experience. Read more about Bar Abilene >>

  • 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Comedysportz Twin Cities

    Comedysportz Twin Cities

    3001 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55408-2647
    612-870-1230

    http://www.comedysportztc.com

  • Country Bar and Grill

    Country Bar and Grill

    3006 Lyndale Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55408
    612-824-7859

    If you're looking for cheap drinks, wings and burgers in Uptown, the Country Bar fits the bill. This venue also features regular karaoke, DJs, and a casual atmosphere that might remind you of one of your grandpa's rural Minnesota haunts by day but turns over to a younger crowd by night. Read more about Country Bar and Grill >>

  • Dulono

    Dulono's

    607 W. Lake St. Minneapolis, MN 55408
    612-827-1726

    http://www.dulonospizza.net When you step inside Dulono's, the first thing that hits you is the smell of pizza--thin crust, cooked to maximum crispness, like a childhood pizza dream. Most longtime Minneapolis residents have a Dulono's memory, enhanced by those pizzas cut into squares, served in a room full of colorful pizza parlor domed lights, with beer signs on the wall. Dulono's is a great late-night stop, open till 3 a.m. everyday, with live bluegrass on weekends and a rollicking motorcycle night the first Thursday of the month that keeps the place packed. Unpretentious and delicious, that cracker-crusted pizza with homemade sauce, dough, and sausage is so fine, as is the fried chicken. Dulono's, which has been around since 1957, is a Lyn-Lake institution, down to the sign that always looks as if the letters are just about to fall off into Lake Street. Read more about Dulono's >>

  • Herkimer Pub & Brewery

    Herkimer Pub & Brewery

    2922 Lyndale Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55408
    612-821-0101

    http://www.theherkimer.com If you're looking to enjoy a unique local beer, The Herkimer Pub and Brewery in the heart of Uptown is a popular option. This bar and restaurant offers a wide range of home-brewed suds ranging from light ales to dark German bock beers. The Herk (as locals have dubbed it) also features an array of bar games like darts and pool, and in decent weather boasts a beanbag tossing court located next to their outdoor dining area. Read more about Herkimer Pub & Brewery >>

  • Icehouse

    Icehouse

    2528 Nicollet Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55404
    612-276-6523

    http://www.icehousempls.com The concept behind the new Icehouse was to create a fun-for-all restaurant and music venue on Eat Street, with a chef-driven menu of imaginative, elevated small plates. And they have pulled that off quite well. Small plates are the focus for late night and dinner, with dishes like gulf shrimp in a pesto-tinged broth, an adult mac and cheese, house-made charcuterie and deli meats (a co-owner came from Be'wiched), and, at brunch, a savory eclair that shouldn't be missed, made with maple-brushed pork belly and smoky cheddar cheese sauce. The drinks program was designed by bartender extraordinaire Johnny Michaels. Put this on your short list for an awesome first-date spot. Read more about Icehouse >>

  • James Ballentine VFW Post 246

    James Ballentine VFW Post 246

    2916 Lyndale Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55408
    612-823-6233

    Located in the heart of Uptown, this isn't your grandpa's small town VFW. Sure, James Ballentine VFW Post 246 boasts all the familiar features of a traditional VFW - classic bar decor, cheap drinks, rooms for rent for wedding receptions and family reunions, bingo and popcorn machines - but what draws the crowds to this location is one of the most popular karaoke nights in town. Add regular record shows and a location within stumbling distance of several popular bars and one of the largest concentrations of apartments and condos in Minneapolis, and you have a VFW that may be host a smattering of older vets drinking by day, but is then packed sardine-style from sign-in book to popcorn machine by night. Read more about James Ballentine VFW Post 246 >>

  • The Joint

    The Joint

    913 Cedar Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55404
    612-338-6425

    http://www.thejointbar.com Connected to the Cabooze, open all day with patio. Read more about The Joint >>

  • Liquor Lyle

    Liquor Lyle's

    2021 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55405
    612-870-8183

    http://www.lylesliquor.com While some people are dismissive of Lyle's, calling it as a raggedy-ass dive, we declare them wrong. Maybe we're just suckers for the red vinyl booths, and the way the outside world just disappears when you step into the windowless recesses. Happy hour runs all day long, meaning 2-for-1 on any drink everyday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and again from 9 to 11 p.m., with only one rule: no more than three drinks in front of each customer at a time. Happy hour is followed by free chicken wings at the warming table--look out for hoarders. Tons of big ol' TVs and breakfast served with a free bloody Mary or screwdriver make this a swell place to catch the early game. Try the breakfast quesadilla, $6.95 including cocktail. The daily blue plate specials for only $3.99 are also a score. Read more about Liquor Lyle's >>

  • Louie's Wine Dive

    800 W Lake St. Minneapolis, MN 55408
    612.824.3483

    http://www.louieswinedive.com

  • Lyle

    Lyle's Bar & Restaurant

    2021 Hennepin Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55405
    612-870-8183

    http://www.lylesliquor.com Your basic neighborhood bar with drink and appetizer specials. Read more about Lyle's Bar & Restaurant >>

  • Morrissey's Irish Pub

    913 West Lake St. Minneapolis, MN 55408
    612-465-8555

    http://www.morrisseysuptown.com Morrisey's Irish Pub in Uptown opened on St. Patty's day, but traces its legacy back to the Erin Bragh Pub in Duluth back in 1875. Morrisey's serves a full menu of pub sandwiches and traditional fare, including corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips, and the Belfast burger with wee tots. The bar offers a wide selection of beer and wine, but specializes in whiskey. Read more about Morrissey's Irish Pub >>

  • Mortimer

    Mortimer's

    2001 Lyndale Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55405
    612-872-1688

    Mortimer's lone foosball table never seems to have a wait, and that makes this bar the place to play the highly competitive game in the Lyndale/Franklin neighborhood. Additionally, the spacious bar has affordable drinks and plenty of space to accommodate you and your friends, especially on the weekends when they open up their third bar with its unique Tiffany-style decor. Read more about Mortimer's >>

  • Mortimer

    Mortimer's

    2001 Lyndale Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55405-3025
    612-871-5591

  • Muddy Waters Bar & Eatery

    Muddy Waters Bar & Eatery

    2933 Lyndale Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55405
    612-872-2232

    http://www.muddywatersmpls.com For years, Muddy Waters was one of Minneapolis's best-loved coffee shops, anchored to the corner of 24th and Lyndale by its iconic neon sign, or a coffee cup buoyantly floating, handle up, amidst a choppy java sea. Now it’s moved down the street, expanded into larger digs, and turned into a full-service restaurant and bar. The new space has a rustic, open feel. The front glass garage doors let the outdoors in, as do several skylights, and there's a narrow alley patio on the building's south side (that's where the neon sign ended up). It has the all-day hours of a true neighborhood hang-out, opening as a coffee shop and closing as a bar. The food, mostly gussied up bar far with a few international flourishes, is respectable, especially considering the previous version of Muddy’s did all of its cooking with a microwave and a toaster. While there are several surprisingly good salads, the restaurant will likely become best known for its hand-held American eats. Pizzas have thin but pliable crusts that pop with brown bubbles and carry a slight yeasty tang. Hot dogs come two to an order for about five bucks, and they get all the details right, from the classic snap of the casing to the sauerkraut spiked with fennel seeds, just to give it a little edge. The most hedonistic of the offerings is the fried mortadella sandwich, which the staff sometimes describes as "bourgeois bologna." It's a delicious, open-face heap of lettuce, Gruyere cheese, fried egg, and griddled meat—also available with vegetarian mock bologna. Read more about Muddy Waters Bar & Eatery >>

  • Red Dragon Restaurant

    Red Dragon Restaurant

    2116 Lyndale Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55405
    612-874-8877

    This iconic south Minneapolis hipster hangout delivers a punch--a Wondrous Punch, that is, the mega-sized drink full of rummy fruit goodness and wicked strong ferocity. The dining room is filled with black and red traditional Chinese-American décor from back in the day, down to the paper menus with Chinese horoscopes. No one really talks too much about the food at Red Dragon, although we like getting the appetizer platter and cooking skewers of beef over an open flame, and the fried chicken wings are very good in a bad-for-you kind of way. But Red Dragon is really all about drinking crazy strong drinks while sitting in a vinyl booth full of cracks, in a bar so dark you don"t know whether it's day or night and don"t really care. The jukebox kicks ass, too. Warning: Beware of the Wondrous hangover. Read more about Red Dragon Restaurant >>

  • Tracy

    Tracy's Saloon

    2207 E. Franklin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55404
    612-332-1865

    http://www.tracyssaloon.com For bar food, drinks, and a neighborly atmosphere that's as straightforward as it gets, look no further than Tracy's Saloon on Franklin Avenue. Without the bar game gimmickry so many other locales rely upon to draw customers, Tracy's only needs its affordable drinks, full menu and of course, its wooden nickel happy hours and popcorn machines to keep the customer satisfied. Read more about Tracy's Saloon >>

  • Whiskey Junction

    Whiskey Junction

    901 Cedar Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55404
    612-338-9550

    http://www.thewhiskeyjunction.com Located conveniently just off the Light Rail line and between downtown and the sleepy residential neighborhoods of South Minneapolis, Whiskey Junction is the first of a line of three bars tucked away on a small street where Cedar meets Minnehaha meets Franklin meets Hiawatha meets I-94. The area is often occupied by a mix of bikers and country, rock and blues fans from every walk of life, with Whiskey Junction offering live music most nights of the week - generally a mix of original and tribute bands. Offering a full menu and monthly $3.50 pint specials, Whiskey Junction, still in its original 1886 building, has a long history. First owned by the Grain Belt and Minneapolis Brewing Companies (when it was common practice for breweries to own neighborhood bars that distributed their products), the bar has since passed through only a handful of owners. While in its earliest days the rooms above the bar were rented out to local railroad employees (and, according to rumor, also functioned as a brothel), the bar now is home to notable performers such as Jonny Lang, Lynwood Slim and Big Walter Smith, as well as a full game room. Read more about Whiskey Junction >>

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