34th Avenue and 50th Street: The hottest intersection in south Minneapolis

The revitalized block of 50th Street and 34th Avenue South, Minneapolis
The revitalized block of 50th Street and 34th Avenue South, Minneapolis

Maybe the neighborhood isn't exactly new, but several recent renovations made to the block located on 50th Street and 34th Avenue in south Minneapolis have forced a new breath of life into an area that has been more than deserving of a little attention. The area has had several established venues for neighborhood residents to get by, but with a recent influx of new business, enhanced business models and general remodels, the neighborhood is turning the once local secret into a dining and entertainment destination worthy of a little recognition.

The recent addition of Town Hall Lanes may just be the ribbon that ties the whole block together, but let's not forget about Al Vento, one of the better spots for Italian food in the Twin Cities and with the very recent remodel of their patio, it's also a great spot for outdoor dining. Last year, 3 Tiers Bakery & Bistro, a little-known south Minneapolis secret, started serving some seriously interesting, internationally fused, tasty plates in addition to their decadent selection of baked goods. This culmination of variety has turned the block into an interesting and unique weekend hangout spot. For example...

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Town Hall Lanes Bowling Alley is now open

Imagine starting your evening off a little early with a quaint Italian dinner at Al Vento. Maybe a pre-dinner cocktail from their bar, a little bruschetta, and an entree. After dinner you could then mosey on over to 3 Tiers for a little dessert and a glass of wine. Their tarts are delicious as are their various other goodies. Once you're done with dessert, you can pick the night back up with beers and bowling next door at Town Hall Lanes. Maybe you'll work your appetite back up which could easily be remedied with some late night bar snacks. Or...

Wake up on a Sunday morning and visit Al Vento for their excellent brunch which comes complete with bottomless mimosas. After that, head over to Town Hall to catch the Twin's game and when you're done, stop by 3 Tiers for a little dinner. Their kimchi ramen packs a delicious punch.

For after bar parties or grilling endeavors, there's also McDonald's Liquors. They have a great selection of craft beers, wine,s and various other spirits. Oxendale's grocery store across the street also carries housemade brats infused with beer from right next door at Town Hall and Surly.

No matter how you mix it up, the 50th Street and 34th Avenue South has got a lot going on, and it's absolutely worth taking a trip to the far south-side to catch a glimpse.

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