Best Nightlife

Out of all the clubs and bars in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer a carefully vetted selection to let you explore Minneapolis nightlife on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Minneapolis Best Nightlife list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

Northeast Minneapolis

Going strong for over 50 years, this piano and polka bar is a Minneapolis mainstay. Hearty, authentic Polish food, sing-along tunes, a rousing polka band, and plenty of opportunities to cut a rug keep locals around and attract out-of-towners....  Read More

Come for a late dinner and conveniently bypass the cover charge at this simple yet elegant music room and restaurant. A respectable roster of jazz and blues acts keeps folks, especially couples, coming back, as do the chef's innovative takes on...  Read More

Calhoun BBQ & Blues

Part of a chain of Famous Dave's restaurants, this establishment took a Chicago-style blues club as its model rather than the usual Southern eatery. Sandwiches and platters include Texas beef brisket, North Carolina chopped pork, and notable St....  Read More

First Avenue & 7th St Entry

A converted 1930s bus depot, this two-part club is a premier music spot in the Twin Cities. First Avenue attracts both national and regional acts, and depending on the night, you can catch a Jamaican reggae group, Texas rockers, a Seattle grunge...  Read More


Named in honor famed French circus performer Vander Clyde, this edgy-yet-cozy neighborhood spot is a terrific place to soak in some European vibes, enjoy expertly-prepared cookery, and sample amazing selections of wine. Local and organic...  Read More

CC Club

Since Prohibition days, this dive has been around in one incarnation or another, serving strong drinks in a no-frills, locals-friendly atmosphere. Often smoky or crowded, it's a great place to ease into a gin & tonic while you jam to indie...  Read More

Northeast Social

A cozy spot on the street corner of a buzzing neighborhood, Northeast Social has all of the lively, urbane tension that makes eating, drinking and meeting people a delight. A concise, but well-chosen selection of wine and beer serve to...  Read More

Warehouse District

With the best DJs in the Twin Cities on constant rotation, three different dance floors, plush pillows and couches, and film imagery projected onto ribbons of smoke in the air, there's certainly no lack of interest at The Lounge. Celebrities...  Read More

Buster's on 28th

The cozy neighborhood spot, owned by "three guys who love beer," features what may very well be the best selection of brews in town. More than two dozen varieties are available on tap (predominantly domestic craftbrews and European imports), and...  Read More


A convenient before or after alternative for those catching a show on Hennepin Avenue, this sexy Spanish dining room offers full bar service and tapas late into the night. The menu's divided into two schools: the "tradicional" options range from...  Read More

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