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 ever 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. Cocktails, cool tunes and casual dining: here are some of our favorite places that combine them all.
It’s collared shirts only at this sleek new downtown joint. But that doesn’t mean The Exchange doesn’t like to party hard. It does. But it does it in style. So think Champagne bars, the chilled out ‘Alibi Lounge’ and music to keep the crowd jumping til late.
Look for the purple door. That’s the only clue we can give you to unearth this ‘hidden’ bar (ok, we can give you another: it’s behind the Bachelor Farmer). It’s a prohibition-style venue with a funky back bar filled with waving Japanese cats, chemistry set flasks and neon-lit cocktail paraphernalia. Great fun and we highly recommend the Gatsby cocktail.
Rouge at The Lounge
If dressing up and dancing all night is your thing, head to this upscale nightclub in downtown Minneapolis. With a recent multi-million dollar refurb and new sound system, the Lounge is firing on all cylinders again. Expect sizzling house and techno until the late hours.
Part of the fabric and heart of the city’s music scene, for over 40 years, First Ave is always worth a visit. Especially if you enjoy live music. Three rooms offer concerts, club nights, and a first glimpse of the city’s next generation of musical mavericks.
Gay bars don’t come any more louche and loungy than this devilishly handsome upstart. Expect cool cocktails, a disarmingly cool, calm and collected clientele and an eclectic (but razor sharp) music policy – from jazz to R’n’B.