The City of Lakes is a gorgeous place to enjoy nature by day, but when the sun goes down it's all about the nightlife. Whether you're looking for good food, live music, gambling, a place where the drinks never run dry, or all of the above, our list has got you covered. Check out one, or all, of our favorite places to party - just be warned, you can't have all this fun in one night.
For a sultry night on the town filled with good music, food and drinks, head to the Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
. The nightlife spot hosts jazz, r&b, blues, and Americana music almost every night, and has hosted performances by Ray Brown, McCoy Tyner, Benny Green, Sonny Fortune and others. Happy hour on Friday and Saturday lasts until 1:30am so be sure your favorite designated driver is on call.
Address: 1010 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403 - MAP
Phone: (612) 332-1010
Request your favorite rock 'n roll tunes and enjoy the nightlife scene at The Shout! House
in downtown Minneapolis. The musicians at the dueling pianos play classic rock 'n roll hits and even a few new ones. While you're singing along to the music, order your favorite drinks and chow down on pizza, burgers, and appetizers from the menu. It won't take long to see why the Downtown Journal named The Shout! House the best bar in the city.
Address: 650 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403 - MAP
Phone: (612) 337-6700
Head to Famous Dave's BBQ
and Blues for fun nightlife and live music, seven nights a week and some of the best barbeque around. Grub on some finger-lickin'-good ribs, chicken, brisket, sausage, and all the trimmings, then wash it all down with a cold beer from the bar. Eat and drink up, then dance it all off when the band starts to play.
Address: 3001 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55408 - MAP
Phone: (612) 822-9900
Hang out and drink pints until you're Irish at Kieran's Irish Pub
. You'll feel like you're in a genuine pub on the streets of Ireland once you're in this nightlife spot. Kieran's hosts live music by local Irish bands and serves up some of the best cuisine from the Emerald Isle, including fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage, and steak and mushroom pie.
Address: 601 1st Ave. North, Minneapolis, MN 55403 - MAP
Phone: (612) 339-4499
For a mellow nightlife experience, check out the wine bar at Lucia's
. You can enjoy Happy Hour from 9 to midnight every night of the week, sipping on your favorite wines, beers, and cocktails. Lucia's also offers a bar menu with scrumptious pizzas, soups and salads, making it one of the best places in Minneapolis for late night dining.
Address: 1432 W 31st St., Minneapolis, MN 55408 - MAP
Phone: (612) 825-1572
Join in all the fun at The Nomad World Pub
. The bar offers a wide selection of beers from all over the globe, and hosts events like live music and bocce ball. The Nomad is a pretty laid back nightlife venue, perfect for unwinding after a stressful day. The pub invites you to bring your own food to grill on the patio, and if your dog is well behaved you can bring him too!
Address: 501 Cedar Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55454 - MAP
Phone: (612) 338-6424
Tequila! Head out to Bar Abilene
to try one, or a few, of their 100 types of tequila on hand. If you can't shoot tequila, sip on one of 25 delicious margaritas the bar offers. Before you leave this nightlife spot, sober up on something from the menu. Sliders, ribs, pasta, nachos, burgers, enchiladas, and table-side guacamole are just a few yummy items on the menu.
Address: 1300 Lagoon Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55415 - MAP
Phone: (612) 825-2525
See a live show with a beer in hand at The Terminal Bar
. The bar that's been "serving you since 1932" has a reputation for being a dive bar where you can come as you are and have a good time; the Terminal is also considered a local legend on the live music and nightlife circuit. If you're wanting to showcase your talent, start at The Terminal on Open Mic night - you just might launch a career.
Address: 409 East Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55414 - MAP
Phone: (612) 623-4545
Try your luck on the Blackjack tables at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
. If table games aren't your thing, let's hope Lady Luck is on your side when you're feeding those slot machines! Not much of a gambling man? Check out the calendar to see who's hitting the stage soon. Heart, Willie Nelson, Tom Jones, B.B. King, The Beach Boys, and Hank Williams, Jr. have all played the Mystic Showroom.
Address: 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake, MN 55372 - MAP
Phone: (952) 445-9000
If you think you're a master on the poker table, head to Treasure Island Resort & Casino
and play some card sharks who are thinking the same about themselves! Poker face unconvincing? Try Blackjack on one of 40 tables, or if your pocket book allows, play on all of them - you never know when you could be a winner at this casino and nightlife spot. It's all luck of the draw.
Address: 5734 Sturgeon Lake Rd., Welch, MN 55089 - MAP
Phone: (651) 388-6300