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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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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.
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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.
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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