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When the sun goes down, an entirely different side of the city is revealed. ShermansTravel experts sort through the dives and overpriced cocktails to show you the best bars and nightspots that really give a taste of the local vibe, while also pointing out the jazz clubs, theater performances, and dancehalls that travelers might not find on their own.

Minneapolis Nightlife

Brit's Pub

A seemingly ever-expanding Anglophile’s dream, Brit’s Pub began as a small two-room tavern and now boasts a 10,000-square-foot bowling green and an outdoor rooftop bar.

1110 Nicollet Mall, MN, 612-332-3908, www.britspub.com
Tags: nightlife | editor pick | rooftop lounge | bar menu | bowling

Bryant-Lake Bowl

This spirited bowling alley/theater/live music/restaurant/bar combo serves from an eclectic, locally grown, and earth-friendly food menu and has an impressive beer line-up.

810 W. Lake St., MN, 612-825-3737, www.bryantlakebowl.com
Tags: nightlife | theater | bar menu | bowling

First Avenue

Made famous by Prince in the ’80s both as a showcase for new material and the setting of Purple Rain, First Avenue still spotlights local as well as touring talent and also hosts various club nights.

701 First Ave. N, MN, 612-332-1775, www.first-avenue.com
Tags: nightlife | editor pick | dancing | dj

Nye's Polonaise Room

Polka the night away at this last bastion of the Northeast neighborhood’s former millworking glory, where longtime Polish regulars mix with kitsch-and-kielbasa-hungry hipsters.

112 E. Hennepin Ave., MN, 612-379-2021
Tags: nightlife | trendy | lounge | local favorite | polish

The Saloon

A sprawling, trendy, gay dance mecca with handsome and friendly bartenders, the Saloon is popular with younger men but equally welcoming to the longer-of-tooth.

830 Hennepin Ave., MN, 612-332-0835, www.gaympls.com
Tags: nightlife | trendy | dancing | gay | dj

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