Live Music

The power of live music to make folks feel good is on full display at a host of Minneapolis night clubs. If listening to bands and vocalists show off their skills is how you like to spend an evening, you'll find that Minneapolis does things right. Multiple options let you tap into the venues that 10Best readers favor, like 400 Bar, or you can get a taste of the city's offerings by visiting places like Mayslack's, which is known for its Varies music. While many venues on the local music scene are clustered in the Downtown area, know that terrific places to hear live music can be found throughout Minneapolis.

The Shout! House

Sure, live music is fun, but dueling pianos? Now that's something else. The Shout! House features piano players performing in front of large mirrors so that the audience can see and really get into the scene. And, with multiple teams of talented...  Read More

Northeast Minneapolis

Professional wrestler Stan Myslajek unleashed his monstrous roast beef sandwiches at Mayslack's in 1955, and ever since, this bar has been a neighborhood favorite. Local hipsters flock here to enjoy the old-school atmosphere, the drink specials...  Read More

Gluek's Restaurant & Bar
Photo courtesy of Donna Fyten

Four nights of the week are dedicated to an array of live music at this laid-back venue with the feel of a European beer hall. Wednesdays and Thursdays find the best local and national acts pleasing crowds while Friday is much-anticipated live...  Read More


Befitting its name, The Cabooze, a popular venue for live music in the Twin Cities, is located near an expansive railroad yard and is shaped like an oversized railroad caboose. Local and national bands offer rock, world beat, reggae, blues, and...  Read More

Warehouse District
Fine Line Music Café

This sophisticated venue presents live music – local and national jazz, folk, rock, blues, reggae, and gospel groups. The early 20th-century brick building in which the club is located offers tables next to the dance floor and second-level...  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

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

West Bank
400 Bar

From his previous life as a producer, the owner of 400 Bar still has connections in the music biz, ensuring that quality local, regional, and national acts take the stage. Alternative, punk, indie, and straightforward rock are the genres of...  Read More