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Top 5 late-night coffee shops in Minneapolis

A little bit of caffeinated love for the long night ahead...
A little bit of caffeinated love for the long night ahead...
Tatiana Craine

Whether you're a student up late trying to cram for your next test, a writer trying to finish that last chapter, or just about anyone who likes the calm, nighttime ambiance of coffee shops, you know it can be difficult to find a good spot to work after dusk. Fortunately for you, we've done the location scouting for you, so you can get down to the work you should be doing.

Here are five of our favorite places in Minneapolis to burn the midnight oil.

See also: Top 5 late-night coffee shops in St. Paul Top 10 coffeehouses in the Twin Cities

Hard Times for study time
Hard Times for study time
Tatiana Craine

5. Hard Times Cafe Monday - Sunday: 6 a.m. - 4 a.m.

In terms of sheer business hours, Hard Times has 'em all beat -- unless you count 24-hour chains like Perkins (we don't.) Nestled in Cedar-Riverside, this coffee shop collective is perfect for those nights when you just need a simple cup o' joe and a place to work. Be prepared to meet a grungy crowd of folks that are just as comfortable rolling up to the Nomad for a beer at bar close as they are sitting down for a cup of coffee and a tempeh Reuben at Hard Times in the wee hours of the morning. There's always a well-stocked case of baked goods for whenever your stomach rumbles during the evening... and the kitchen only closes when the shop does (between the hours of 4 and 6 a.m.), so you can satisfy even the most vocal belly after a long night of hitting the books. Oh, and remember to bring cash.

Muddy Waters
Muddy Waters
Tatiana Craine

4. Muddy Waters Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 2 a.m.; Saturday - Sunday: 8 a.m. - 2 a.m.

While this is one of those places that opens as a coffee shop and closes as a bar -- there are still a few booths available post-midnight where you can hunker down with a quick double-shot (of espresso!) while you work. This is one of those places you could literally spend a whole day in -- from your morning dose of caffeine and brunch to a filling dinner, post-meal coffee, and beyond. If for some reason you're feeling antsy, just remember you're smack-dab in the middle of Lyn-Lake, where there's no shortage of other restaurants and bars to visit and you can get a breath of fresh air (though, there's plenty of that with Muddy Waters' flower-filled front window and alley) before getting back to work.

 

Get ready for bikes, books, and brews (the drip kind) at Bob's...
Get ready for bikes, books, and brews (the drip kind) at Bob's...
Tatiana Craine

3. Bob's Java Hut Monday - Thursday: 6 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Friday: 6 a.m. - 12 a.m.; Saturday: 7 a.m. - 12 a.m.; Sunday: 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.

If you're prone to distraction, Bob's might not be the right place for you. But if you're into a biker-friendly (we're talking the serious vroooom of Harleys, Hondas, and a few Ducatis) atmosphere, then Bob's is heaven. During the spring, summer, and fall months, the front window of Bob's rolls up to let sunshine in and stays open into the evening -- because, hey, just because you're working at night doesn't mean you don't want some fresh air. The java on hand at Bob's is great to sip on or slam -- from the usual drip coffee and milk-plus-espresso drinks to an eye opener (a single shot) and an octane boost (a double shot). You'll see tons of different people frequenting Bob's, from the aforementioned bikers to neighborhood families, trendy young folks, and more. But never mind the high-traffic and diverse clientele; you'll be able to get a serious load of work done here after dark.

Bad Waitress is pretty darn good for those semi-late nights.
Bad Waitress is pretty darn good for those semi-late nights.
Tatiana Craine

2. Bad Waitress Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Saturday: 7:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sunday: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Hit this spot up when you want a place with a vibe that ranges from diner to cafe to pseudo bar. There are plenty of booths, tables, and outdoor seating for you to settle in and open up the books with a cup of coffee in one hand and a highlighter in the other. Right on Eat Street, it's one coffee shop that's easy to visit via bus, bike, and on foot -- though you might have to drive around the block a few times if you're parking. This place is cool without being too trendy. Plus, Bad Waitress boasts Tuesday and weekend night specials, when you can get two-for-ones on beer and wine to celebrate finishing up that work.

Spyhouse's newest addition to the neighborhood
Spyhouse's newest addition to the neighborhood
Joy Summers

1. Spyhouse Monday - Friday: 6 a.m. - 12 a.m.; Saturday: 7 a.m. - 12 a.m.; Sunday: 8 a.m. - 12 a.m.

We just paid a visit to the brand-new Northeast location of Spyhouse, and it was love at first sight. One of the three locally owned Spyhouse locations, the newest addition to the coffee shop family is a pretty one. An old warehouse has been revamped with the verve and life of the trendiest cafes, without the air of pretension. The baristas prepare coffee made with expert care, turning out everything from the perfect brew to gorgeous foam art, and they're friendly to boot. Additionally, they've got tons of outlets stationed around the shop, which means your laptop won't go kaput in the middle of that 10 o'clock cappuccino.

Don't forget to check out the top five late-night coffee shops in St. Paul...

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