The Best Bars In Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Benjamin M. Smith

Minneapolis is a thriving metropolis known for its lively nightlife. From its more sophisticated establishments to more dive-like locales, each bar listed here is impressive in its own right, and telling of Minneapolis’ progressive culture. Here is our list of the top 10 best bars in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Hell’s Kitchen

Hell’s Kitchen lies deep within the heart of Minneapolis’ downtown, whipping out sinfully delicious cocktails and dinner plates for its daring patrons. Despite its dark atmosphere, dim lighting and a collection of Ralph Steadman’s drawings on the walls, the ambiance is as warm and friendly. Grab a cocktail and catch an evening show at this popular Minneapolis bar and restaurant.

Kieran’s Irish Pub

Kieran’s Irish Pub is both a lively site in which to listen to traditional music and a quiet corner in which to enjoy an intimate pint. The hospitality cannot be matched at Kieran’s, whose wide selection of Irish fare is sure to impress. The annual St. Patrick’s party held here is not to be missed.

First Avenue

First Avenue, has been bringing good music to the masses since 1970. As the launching pad for Minneapolis-based artists Atmosphere, Semisonic and the Replacements, and hosts to international acts like Tina Turner, The Ramones, and Prince, it would be an understatement to say that history was made within its walls. Playing host to a diverse set of music genres, be sure to visit First Avenue to experience Minneapolis’s rich music culture.

Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

Minneapolis wouldn’t be complete without the Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant. Nowhere else in the city can one find internationally acclaimed jazz musicians performing on a weekend, paired with an innovative, chef-inspired menu. Dakota’s inviting atmosphere compliments its extensive wine list, making this club the ideal place to dine.

Brit’s Pub

Complete with the addition of two neighboring pubs in 1994, a 10,000 square foot lawn bowling green in 1998, and its two outdoor rooftop patios in 2006, Brit’s Pub knows how to spread the love. Stop here for their legendary king wings, and choose from an impressive tap list of beers and ales.

Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge

Few places have a wackier name than Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge, and less still can match its character. Halfway between a tiki and a biker bar, anyone and everyone flocks to this spot to imbibe in its carefree atmosphere. Tropical drinks are their speciality, although the tap list is impressive too. Their patio bordering the Mississippi river feels like a beach-front terrace, especially after a few of their potent Mai Tais!


Prohibition is located on the 27th floor of the Foshay Tower. It’s dimly lit lounge and spotless bar area takes clients back in time to another point in history. Although drinks can be more expensive here than at many of the other spots on this list, many can be split as groups to ease the cost.

The Local

Since 1997, The Local has celebrated the highs and lows of local and international sports, being a great place to watch soccer. Pouring the most Jameson Irish Whiskey in the world for four consecutive years, libations are no contest to this Irish pub, although when they are, be ready.
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