Minneapolis Warehouse District Bars & Restaurants

The area around Target Center is known as the Warehouse District. 

There are many bars and restaurants within a few blocks.

Brother’s Bar & Grill
American 430 1st Ave N (lower level) Brother’s is a large sports and college-oriented bar, with drink specials every night.  There are pool tables and a dance floor, and the food is typical bar food.  
Loon Cafe American
500 1st Ave N The Loon Cafe is a full-fledged restaurant by day, and a packed bar by night.  The food is of a wide variety and is very good, and there are plenty of beers on tap.  
Banana Joe’s
Dance 15 South 5th St. Banana Joe’s is a dance club with a tropical flavor.  There are several dance floors with different types of music playing, and occasionally there are live bands.  
O’Donovan’s
Irish/Live Music 700 1st Ave N O’Donovan’s is an authentic Irish bar featuring live music nearly every night.  The menu, both food and beverage, is decidedly Irish, and the crowd is a mix of young and old.  

Uptown Minneapolis Bars & Restaurants

Uptown offers a change of pace from the downtown bar scene.  Many bars feature local bands, and the area is more of a local hangout than the Warehouse District.

Williams
American 2911 Hennepin Ave. S Williams is a pretty standard bar featuring over 70 beers on tap and hundreds in bottles. 

Food is available, and there are also free peanuts and popcorn.  
Uptown Bar & Cafe
American 3018 Hennepin Ave. Uptown offers live music most nights featuring local bands.  They serve up a very good breakfast Bloody Mary as well.  There is also an outdoor patio when the weather is nice.
Liquor Lyle’s Irish 2021 Hennepin Ave. S Liquor Lyle’s is a very popular bar with a mixed-ages crowd.  The happy hour specials are excellent, and the drinks reasonably priced overall.   Famous Dave’s BBQ & Blues American/BBQ 3001 Hennepin Ave. S Famous Dave’s is a franchise BBQ restaurant serving up great food, including award-winning ribs.  There is live blues most nights, and the bar is open late every night.  

U of Minnesota Bars & Restaurants

There are several bars and restaurants surrounding the University of Minnesota.

Sally’s Saloon and Eatery American 712 Washington Ave. SE Sally’s is located in the heart of the University, and features occasional live music and frequent drink specials.   Big 10 Restaurant & Bar Sports 606 Washington Ave. SE The Big 10 Restaurant & Bar serves up great subs, burgers, and wings, and also plenty of brew.  

St. Paul Bars & Restaurants

St. Paul is a mainly Irish community with several bar and restaurant offerings.

Patrick McGovern’s Restaurant & Pub Irish 225 W. 7th Street Located one block from the Xcel Energy Center, McGovern’s is a great place to head before or after an event.  They serve up good food in a nice atmosphere.   Alary’s Bar Sports 139 E. 7th Street Alary’s is a sports bar located within a mile of the Xcel Energy Center.  Despite its location in the heart of Vikings’ country, it is a Chicago Bear’s bar.  
Half Time Rec Irish 1013 Front Ave. Located a mile or so west of downtown St. Paul is the Half Time Rec.  The bar features a standard Irish pub with pool and darts, as well as a second room featuring live Irish music several nights a week.  A great place to hang out or listen to music.   Sweeney’s Saloon & Cafe American 96 Dale St. N Sweeney’s features an outdoor patio, and is especially popular in the summer.  They serve up standard American bar food as well.  

Mall of America Bars & Restaurants

The Mall of America is located in Bloomington, a few miles south of downtown Minneapolis.  It is an impressive place, featuring an amusement park and hundreds of shops on four floors.  Home plate from the old Metropolitan Stadium is located on the amusement park floor.  There are several bars and restaurants inside as well.

Hooter’s American Hooter’s is a pretty well-known establishment.  The food is decent, but most people show up for the wait staff.   Jillian’s Sports Jillian’s is a huge bar complex featuring numerous TV’s, games, pool, and even a bowling alley.  
Player’s Bar & Grill American/Sports Player’s is a sports-oriented bar & grill with very good food at reasonable prices.  
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