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Minneapolis nightlife can be very favorably compared to most cities of a similar size. Minneapolis entertainment is legendary for its scope and quality. While the locals are loyal to their neighborhood gathering places, the hotspots have reputations that draw from a wider circle.

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The Harlem Globetrotters: Internationally Famous Team on 2017 World Tour - Target Center (Minneapolis, MN) Check Availabilty


Water Park of America: Family 4-Pack, All-Day or Half-Day Pass, Plus Game Card - Water Park of America (Bloomington, MN) Check Availability



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"Miranda": A Psychological Thriller Set in the Middle East - Illusion Theater (Minneapolis, MN) Check Availability


"Flower Drum Song": A Romantic Rodgers & Hammerstein Musical - Park Square Theatre (St. Paul, MN) Check Availability


"Black Light": Jomama Jones' Cabaret Spectacular - Penumbra Theatre (St. Paul, MN) Check Availability


"The Drawer Boy": Award-Winning Drama on the Power of Storytelling - Lyric Arts Main Street Stage (Anoka, MN) Check Availability



"Oh Freedom! The Story of the Underground Railroad": Stories & Songs - Howard Conn Fine Arts Center (Minneapolis, MN) Check Availability


Acclaimed Accordo String Ensemble - Various Minneapolis & St. Paul Venues - The Schubert Club (Minneapolis, MN) - January 24: Join Accordo for an evening of silent film with live music. This special concert will feature original music by Stephen Prutsman accompanied by the screening of various silent movies, including some Charlie Chaplin short films. Check Availability


Hill House Chamber Concerts - The Hill House Chamber Players, made up of talented musicians from Minnesota Orchestra and the faculty of the University of Minnesota, present their latest series of concerts in the restored art gallery of the historic James J. Hill House. The performances, co-sponsored by The Schubert Club and Minnesota Historical Society, feature group members and guest artists in programs spanning the chamber music repertoire. James J. Hill House (St. Paul, MN) - Check Availability

North Star Roller Girls - Hard-Hitting Roller Derby - Cheer on your favorite team when the North Star Roller Girls hit the track in fast-paced bouts. Powered by their impressive athleticism and spirited attitudes, these girls serve up hard-hitting, exciting roller derby. Lee and Rose Warner Coliseum at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds (Falcon Heights, MN) - Check Availability


"Schubert Club Mix": A Fun Twist on Classical Music - Various Minneapolis & St. Paul Venues - The Schubert Club (Minneapolis, MN) Check Availability


LOCASH ("I Know Somebody"): Pop-Country Hitmakers - Cabooze (Minneapolis, MN) - Thursday March 23, 2017 / 8:00pm | $15 Check Availability


"'Til Death: A Marriage Musical" - Hit Comedy Returns - Art House North (Saint Paul, MN)- The show runs 90 minutes, with a 15-minute intermission and is appropriate for ages 8 and older. Check Availability


Anxiety Tonight (Pigtails Are Kosher) - Miriam Plotkin Stars in this One-Woman Show - Sabes Theater at the JCC (Minneapolis, MN) Check Availability


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An exciting night on the town in Minneapolis might include dinner and dancing, seeing a show or checking out various clubs. Here are some tips for what to see...and where to be seen...in the Minneapolis entertainment scene.

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Minneapolis clubs have been the "launch pad" for some of the world's most respected artists. Here are some places to hear the legends as well as the "up and comers."

  • First Avenue: one "claim to fame" is this club's showcasing in Prince's iconic movie movie Purple Rain. First Avenue was also the base of the Minneapolis punk movement with Hüsker Dü, Soul Asylum and the Replacements drawing crowds. First Avenue continues to attract national acts including alternative, folk-rock and hip-hop.
  • The Dakota: Minneapolis boasts one of the most active jazz scenes in the country, and the legendary Dakota Restaurant & Jazz Club is one of best-loved venues for musicians and aficionados alike. New digs on Nicollet Mall continues to draw jazz superstars and the brightest newcomers to Minneapolis. Great jazz and great dining!
  • Cedar Cultural Center: More than 150 shows a year pack out this music venue. You will hear everything including rock, jazz, blues, indie and folk. Don't miss the late September Nordic Roots Festival.
  • Kieran's Irish Pub: This gorgeous bar and traditional Irish music will have you raising a glass and tapping your feet at this friendly popular downtown spot.
  • Fine Line Music Cafe showcases the best of everything including great local acts. The dance floor is small. Also, arrive early if you want a table.
  • The Cabooze: on the West Bank feels like a typical neighborhood hangout. The difference is in the top name acts you will find there from time to time.
  • Triple Rock Social Club: Well populated with students from the U of M and Augsburg College. Quite a few neo-punk acts and some DJ nights. Add to that...free bacon Wednesdays!
  • Nye's Polonaise Room: Esquire Magazine called Nye's the "Best Bar in America." This place has been in Minneapolis for more than 50 years and still has the same amibiance it did in the early days. Come to hear The World's Most Dangerous Polka Band.

If you want all of the "insider" tips, get yourself a copy of the Minneapolis & St. Paul Guide.

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  • Envy Nightclub: (400 1st Ave. N. Minneapolis) upscale and classy; the place to be seen in the Warehouse District.
  • The Front: (15 4th St NE Minneapolis) no cover charge; agood music, great people watching, eclectic DJ, music videos playing on the big screen
  • The Lounge: (411 2nd Ave N, Minneapolis) a Minneapolis nightlife stape with three dance rooms, each with its own style of music.
  • Elixir: (322 1st Ave.,Minneapolis) no cover; great DJs playing good music; 2 for 1 drink specials

In our present economy, Minneapolis nightlife and entertainment venues come and go just as happens in every large city. Be sure to check, before heading out for an evening on the town, that the music venue, dance club or restaurant is indeed still in operation.

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If you are looking for a great wine bar in Minneapolis, Here are a few top picks:

  • Bev's Wine Bar on 3rd Avenue
  • Beaujo's on France Avenue
  • Toast on 1st Street
  • Bar Lurcat at 1624 Harmon Place

Two important areas to check out for Minneapolis nightlife and Minneapolis entertainment:

  • Nicollet Mall: This eleven block stretch of downtown is closed to traffic except buses and taxis. It's the place to gather outdoors in summer and in many of tje city's best restaurants all year long. This is where you will also see the iconic Mary Tyler Moore statue. It is also the location of Orchestra Hall, the Dakota Jazz Club and is just a block from the Hennepin Avenue theaters.
  • Warehouse District: Close to First Avenue, the Target Center and many of the most well known bars, clubs and Minneapolis Restaurants.

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