The drumbeat over Uptown's takeover by dudebros bars is so cliche it's hardly worth noting or listening to anymore.
But two new bars are trying something new on for size: music. And depending on how you like your ear candy, there's something for everyone.
In the former Solomon's Bakery space, Troubadour Wine Bar holds promise as a refreshing adult oasis. It bills itself as a "wine tasting and live music cafe." They offer a list of 40 wines, live music nightly, and the menu is mostly about the wine, so only casual snacks like olives, cheese boards, tapas, and panini are on offer. Special attention is being paid to wine temperature, preservation, and service, so oenophiles, this one's for you.
Troubadour Wine Bar
2827 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Or, if you're all about that bass, head down to Lagoon, where the Fremont has quietly opened in the old Bar Abilene space, and is once more Uptown's only nightclub. The menu is sports bar fabulous: wings, burgers, fries, nachos, etc., and in a happy turn of events, they offer Sunday Funday $3 drinks and $2 off wings all day "because you can't be hungover at work on Monday if you don't get drunk on Sunday." Ain't that the truth. Also from the Fremont: DJs, a dance floor, and bottle service.