LIVELY NIGHTS… AND PEACEFUL MORNINGS
Minneapolis knows how to party. But, conveniently, it also knows that sometimes, we want to party, eat, drink and chat—without having to move from one venue to the next. That’s why nightlife, Minneapolis style, is often a case of finding your favorite spot, and settling in for an evening that has the best of everything right at hand. Here are some of our favorite places that combine cocktails, cool tunes and casual dining:
Part of the fabric and the heart of the city’s music scene for more than 40 years, First Avenue is always worth a visit. Especially if you love live music. Three rooms offer concerts, club nights and a first glimpse of the city’s next generation of musical mavericks.
Bunker’s Music Bar & Grill
Kick it old school with rock, R&B, blues and funk at Bunker’s, the quintessential music bar in Minneapolis. This jivin’ joint once held regular jam sessions with the one-and-only Prince, and today it’s the home bar for several local legends, including Dr. Mambo’s Combo and The International Reggae All Stars.
When contemporary musicians step on stage at the historic Armory, it’s a bold blend of yesterday and today that you can only get right here. Built in the ’30s, this cultural bastion began as a National Guard center and has since been everything from a sports venue to a parking lot. If it looks familiar, that’s probably because you’ve seen it in the music video for Prince’s “1999” or Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”—both shot on site. Now, after an extensive renovation, The Armory is an über-mod concert space where you can find some of the biggest names in music and entertainment.