Minneapolis is a great theatre city. Everyone who's ever worked or lived there will tell you that. From the fantastic audiences that trek out even in blizzard conditions to the inspiring new work being fostered by experimental theatre ensembles, this tremendous theatre town is a place you're likely find yourself in at least once in your career, and, my God, will you have a lot to explore.
So. Listen. The food in Minneapolis is pretty special, and the options seem boundless. So, this section is divided up into two categories that most places fall easily into (with a couple of noted exceptions.) The "Special Night Out" spots, it should be said, can be more affordably enjoyed by sidling up to the bar and ordering a small plate or two with a beer; however, consider at least one outing while in Minneapolis where you allow yourself to go to town with friends, family, and/or castmates. It will be 100% worth it at these spots. I promise.
Special Night Out:
In Minneapolis' sexy North Loop neighborhood, Bachelor Farmer has comfortably made its home in an old warehouse space where a highly select menu of local and seasonal produce has kept this restaurant hoppin' ever since it opened. In a sleek but homey restaurant space, sit down for a menu that is best enjoyed by a small group sharing the plates all around. Or head to your left into their bright, intimate bar area, where wine is king. The love and devotion poured into this wine menu by the staff is second to none, and without pomp or snobbery. They just want your wine to be delicious. With many off-the-menu wines available as well, strike up a conversation with your server, and grab some snacks to go along with your vino. This is a "special night out" spot, but know that Bachelor Farmer has a homey, friendly, easy-going vibe that will fully put you at ease to revel in this delicious food and drink.
50 N 2nd Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401 HOURS: Mon- Thurs 5:30PM- 9:30PM Fri- Sat 5:30PM- 10:30PM Sun 5PM- 9:30PM thebachelorfarmer.com
Bar La Grassa
Bar LaGrassa's sister restaurants, 112 Eatery and Burch, are well worth a visit as well, but this simple, exquisite Italian eatery is a must-go while you're in Minneapolis. Chef Isaac Baker won the James' Beard Award for Best Chef, Midwest in 2011 and Outstanding Chef in 2014, and his perfect, hand-made pastas at Bar LaGrassa will quickly help you to understand why. The decor at Bar LaGrassa is rustic and intimate, but, if you decide to make the trip on your own, the large bar area is an ideal spot for a plate of pasta and a glass of wine. I highly recommend the Smoked Spaghetti Alla Chitarra with brown butter and lobster, the Mushroom and Taleggio Agnolotti, as well as the Scallops with apple, leek, speck, and carrot beurre blanc. (And the best part is, many of their pastas come in half portions!) So come by on a day off or late in the evening after a show (they serve late!) It's a very special spot.
800 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401 HOURS: Sun 5PM- 10PM Mon- Thurs 5PM- 12AM Fri- Sat 5PM- 1AM barlagrassa.com
Spoon and Stable
The flagship of another James Beard Award-winning chef, Spoon and Stable is another gorgeous restaurant that has made it's home in the North Loop warehouse district. Chef Gavin Kaysen won Best Chef Midwest in 2018 and this menu is an exceptional array of what this talented young chef has to offer. But, yet again, my advice is to pull up a seat at the bar and order a couple small things (even just a dessert) to get a sample of what this special restaurant has to offer without breaking the bank. That being said, this is an IDEAL place to bring family in town. Dimly lit, with a dark, industrial feel, the staff here compliments the sleek digs with warmth and heart and attention.
211 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401 HOURS: Mon- Thurs 4PM- 12AM Fri- Sat 4PM- 1AM Sun 10AM- 2PM; 4PM- 12AM spoonandstable.com
A cafe, a hotel, and a restaurant. That's how ALMA describes herself. The hotel is lovely, the cafe is heavenly, but the restaurant here is divine. At $62 for three seasonally-inspired courses, be prepared to be dazzled by this remarkable young chef and his creativity. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough as a special occasion evening that will feel as if you spent three times the amount on dinner given the care and attention and quality of each dish (plus little surprise treats littered throughout the evening.) The wine pairing for $36 is an exceptional option as well, with a master sommelier who pairs gorgeous and unique flavors with each dish. So make this a solo treat or a very special night out with family or friends in town.
528 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 HOURS: Sun- Thurs 5AM- 9PM Fri- Sat 5AM- 10PM almampls.com
Kyatchi will fulfill all your dreams of fresh, flavorful sushi deliciousness. Sourcing from local vendors committed to the highest quality ingredients, this sushi place knows that the quality of their products will make all the difference. In clean, bright digs both in Minneapolis and St. Paul, take advantage of their Happy Hour, if you can, to pair that sushi with some affordable and delicious sake and appetizer options and then go to town with as much fresh fish as you can handle. Your body will thank you.
Minneapolis St. Paul 3758 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409 308 E Prince St #140, St Paul, MN 55101 HAPPY HOUR: Mon- Sun 4PM- 6PM; 10PM- 12AM HAPPY HOUR: Mon- Sun 4PM- 6PM HOURS: Mon- Fri 4PM- 12AM HOURS: Sun- Thurs 4PM- 9PM Sat- Sun 12PM- 12AM Fri- Sat 4PM- 10PM kyatchi.com
From the chef who brought you Bar LaGrassa, 112 Eatery is the more upscale big sister restaurant who hosts only a handful of small bistro tables around its intimate bar area, so make a reservation ahead of time or come late (post show) to snag a spot. But all that effort will be well worth it when you take in what this menu has to offer. Every single item at 112 Eatery is completely delicious. Try their Sweet burrata toast with walnut pesto, or the Tagliatelle with foie gras meatballs, or their savory Game Hen with farro risotto.
112 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401 HOURS: Sun 5PM- 10PM Mon- Thurs 5PM- 12AM Fri- Sat 5PM- 1AM 112eatery.com
Maria's Cafe is a Colombian restaurant that was recommended by local food aficionado, Ryan Colbert, and my God does it live up to the hype. The unassuming exterior lets you know right away that they keep things simple here. It's all about the food. Everything here is made from scratch and every flavor and texture is absolutely spot on. A Cachapas Venezolanas (or corn pancake) with Cotija Cheese is an absolute MUST, and my recommendation is to pair that alongside a savory dish option like their Calentao on Huevos (Colombian Breakfast) with rice and pinto beans served with an egg, Colombian chorizo link, arepa, and aji colombiano or their excellent Breakfast Sandwich. You will be deeply satisfied. I promise. 800 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401 HOURS: Mon- Thurs 5PM- 12AM Fri- Sat 5PM- 1AM Sun 5PM- 10PM barlagrassa.com
Centro at Popol Vuh
Northeast Minneapolis is the hip, artistic hub of Minneapolis where many of the city's best breweries and distilleries live as well as lots of art exhibitions and music venus. Scattered throughout you will also find great food (and I mean great food) and one in particular that is well worth a visit (especially on a day off while wandering from brewery to brewery) is Centro at Popol Vuh. Popol Vuh translates to "Book of the People", and it is the name of the higher-end Mexican restaurant that is directly next door to Centro (which I strongly encourage you to visit as well.) Centro, however, resides in brighter, more casual digs and serves up a small menu of the basics: guac and chips, tacos, nachos, but nothing about the quality here is basic. The slow-braised meats, the fresh peppers and salsas and marinades are all top of the line, a bright, brilliant explosion of flavors and combinations. I can honestly say that not a thing here will disappoint, so swing through with a friend or on your own, choose three or four tacos and a mezcal or tequila drink and go to town.
1414 Quincy St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413 HOURS: Sun 10AM- 12AM Mon- Thurs 11AM- 12AM Fri- Sat 11AM- 1AM popolvuhmpls.com
Brasa Premium Rotisserie
Brasa Premium Rotisserie combines flavors from Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Southern U.S. to bring you homey, stick to your ribs, hot and spicy comfort food that will make your stomach so so very happy. They also go the extra mile here with organic ingredients and 100% natural meats, eggs, and dairy. As their name would suggest, the Rotisserie Chicken here is exceptional, as is The Smoked Beef as well their Roasted Yams with Andouille and their Crispy Yuca with citrus and garlic mayo. This place is best enjoyed with a companion who's willing to split a few plates and get the most of our what this special place can offer.
Cafe Racer is a bright, cozy Latin restaurant serving up delicious dishes like Arroz Con Pollo with saffron roasted chicken quarter, criollo rice, yucca frita, and sweet plantains and Carne a la Parrilla with chimichurri marinated flank steak, yucca frita, sweet plantains, and black beans and rice. Every aspect of the plates they serve at Cafe Racer is carefully handmade with enough flavor and texture variety to satisfy even the harshest critic. I HIGHLY recommend making a sojourn to this (mostly residential) neighborhood for a lunch from heaven.
2929 East 25th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406 HAPPY HOUR: Tues- Sat 3PM- 5PM; 8PM-9PM Sun 2PM- 3PM HOURS: Mon CLOSED Tues- Fri 11AM- 9PM Sat 10AM- 9PM Sun 10AM- 3PM caferacermn.com
Pimento Jamaican Kitchen
Pimento Jamaican Kitchen is a good, old-fashioned labor of love. This Minneapolis restaurant found its roots in a kitchen of West Kingston when matriarch, Sylvia “Baby Lue” Jones, taught her grandson, Tomme “Young General” Beevas, how to cook, and, my God, have those lessons paid off. The food here is absolutely exceptional. Expect generous portions, too, enough to share or at least take some home, and the spice level is just perfect. This affordable, charming neighborhood joint immediately makes you feel right at home and then the food knocks your socks off. (And remember to come back one evening and try their Rum Bar next door where live music and a lovely back patio make it a local favorite.)
With a gorgeous stone patio area under trees and overlooking the Mississippi, Aster Cafe could rest on its laurels of location-location-location, but this eatery has a delicious menu of simple, fresh bites and an extensive wine list to go along with the exquisite views. Consistently voted a "best first date" spot, come here on a gorgeous early evening and soak it all in.
125 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414 HAPPY HOUR: Mon- Fri 3PM-6PM HOURS: Mon- Fri 11AM- 11PM Sat 10AM- 12AM Sun 10AM- 11PM astercafe.com
Seward Co-op Creamery Cafe
Building on over 45 years of relationships, Seward Co-op Creamery Cafe is a beautiful collection of local farmers and producers who create a seasonal menu at this casual, friendly eatery that is as welcoming as it is delicious. Pair any of their delicious menu items with their locally made ice creams and sorbets, and you'll be happy.
2601 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406 HAPPY HOUR: Wed- Sat 2PM- 6PM ($1 beer and wine and a $10 burger schedule) HOURS: Sun- Thurs 8AM- 3PM Fri- Sat 8AM- 9PM coopcreamery.coop
The Sheridan Room
The Sheridan Room is a chicken place- Beer Can Chicken, Fried Chicken- both paired perfectly with sides like beer mac n' cheese, curried pumpkin and chickpea, and roasted cauliflower gratin. This divey, unassuming spot in the Northeast is perfect for some late night comfort food alongside some local craft beer.
Moto-i self identifies as a Ramen and Sake House, and this hip, uptown, multi-floored spot is ideal for a bite and a drink. Located across the street from The Jungle Theatre, this fun, loud bar and restaurant brews all its own sakes on site and frequently hosts live music in its upstairs space. Their House Made "Benny Buns" with panko fried poached egg, candied miso bacon, scallion, chili powder, and miso bearnaise on homemade steamed buns are absolutely scrumptious, and that house made sake is very very worth a try. And, if you can time it right, swing by for their early or late night happy hour menu and get delicious bites for a fraction of the cost.
2940 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408 HAPPY HOUR: Mon- Sun 2:20PM- 6PM ($4 sake and beer and $3.50-$7 snacks) Sun- Thurs 10PM- 2M HOURS: Mon- Fri 12PM- 2AM Sat- Sun 11AM- 2AM moto-i.com
Ryan Colbert gets another shout out here for turning me on to Afro. New Yorkers, this is your go to when you crave that utterly delicious chicken and rice dish served up by the best Halal food trucks in New York, and what they've got here, I dare say, is even better. These delicious dishes combine flavors of Africa and Mediterranean into complex, flavorful rice bowl, salads, and wraps. Can't quite recommend this highly enough.
720 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55454 HOURS: Mon- Sat 10AM- 9PM Sun 11AM- 9PM afrodeli.com
Alright, here you go, it's 12am, and your cast has been drinking and debriefing since the curtain came down and now you're starving. In some cities, your only option (if there even is one) will be the greasiest of greasiest spoons, but, in Minneapolis, you have Pizza Luce. This phenomenal collection of Minneapolis pizza spots has been serving absolutely pitch perfect pies to the community for years, and the salads and appetizer options are well worth a try as well!
119 N 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55401 2200 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404 HOURS: Mon- Thurs 11AM- 2:30AM HOURS: Mon- Fri 11AM- 2:30AM Fri 11AM- 3:30AM Sat- Sun 8AM- 2:30AM Sat 10AM- 3:30AM Sun 10AM- 2:30AM pizzaluce.com
Victor's 1959 Cafe
Victor's 1959 Cafe advertises itself as a little piece of Cuba in South Minneapolis, and it is just that. This independently owned and operated institution has been featured on the Food Network and gained national recognition, but don't expect anything less than a friendly, neighborhood feel here. Enjoy pulled pork that's been roasted for hours in lime juice and garlic as well as perfect fried plantains, fresh Cuban chicken stew, as well as homemade Empanadas. You really can't go wrong with anything on the menu, and alongside Happy Hour drink specials, this will be a favorite of yours in Minneapolis.
At Red Cow, "red" is for the wine and "cow" is for the burger and that should tell you exactly what to order at this locally-owned-and-operated joint with a couple locations in Minneapolis. Self-described as a "modern tavern", these friendly but chic digs will make you feel right at home. So consider visiting their bar area one night with your cast post-show if you're hungry for something hearty and delicious. Their signature 60/40 is well well worth a try!
208 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401 2626 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408 HAPPY HOUR: Mon- Fri 3PM- 6PM HAPPY HOUR: Mon- Fri 3PM- 6PM Mon- Sun 10PM- CLOSE Mon- Sun 10PM- CLOSE HOURS: Mon- Thurs 11AM- 12AM HOURS: Mon- Thurs 11AM- 12AM Fri 11AM- 1AM Fri 9AM- 1AM Sat 10AM- 1AM Sat 10AM- 1AM Sun 10AM- 12AM Sun 10AM- 12AM redcowmn.com
The Seward Cafe is a worker-owned business model. Which means, quite simply, this is a place where you should absolutely take your business and your money while working in Minneapolis. Serving up simple but delicious food to the community since 1974, their Buckwheat Pancakes are to die for, their Vegan Biscuits and Gravy are perfect, and their coffee is strong and absolutely delicious.
2129 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404 HOURS: Mon- Fri 7AM- 3PM Sat- Sun 8AM- 4PM sewardcafe.com
Soberfish describes itself simply as Thai-Sushi-Bar, and, in the case of this restaurant, that is the best description in the world. With a calm and casual interior, feast on some delicious curry dishes, fresh sushi, and tasty cocktails, all without breaking the bank. Everything here is fresh and made with a lot of love.
2627 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406 HAPPY HOUR: Mon- Sun 3PM-6PM Mon- Sun 9PM- CLOSE HOURS: Mon- Thurs 11AM- 10PM Fri 11AM- 12AM Sat 12PM- 12AM Sun 12PM- 10PM soberfishrestaurant.com
East Street Social
Eat Street Social, I've been told, has delicious food, including a bustling Brunch scene, but I am here to talk about their cocktails. The mezcal cocktail I had here was absolutely, hands-down one of the best cocktails I have ever had in my life, and, with a highly unique drink menu including an Old Fashioned Flight, a trio of three cocktails for $20, come here with a curious mind and discerning palate, and you'll have some truly tremendous alcoholic beverages.
18 W 26th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404 HOURS: Mon- Thurs 4PM- 12AM Fri 4PM- 1AM Sat 10AM- 1AM Sun 10AM- 12AM eatstreetsocial.com
Sometimes with secret hidden bars, the wait outside in a darkened alley is the best part of the night, but at Volstead's Emporium in Minneapolis' Uptown neighborhood,that wait outside an unmarked door in a dark, back alley, is only the beginning of a very special night. The vibe inside this speakeasy is unpretentious, warm, and inviting. The staff here is genuine and friendly and as low-key as the jazz tinkling quietly in the background. So come with a small ground or a special friend and stay awhile, as they will encourage you to do.
711 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408 HOURS: Tues- Wed CLOSED Thurs- Mon 5PM- 2AM volsteads.com
So the phrase "See you at Sea Change?" will be constant for you if you find yourself working at The Guthrie Theatre. This bright, open, spacious bar is the downstairs restaurant and bar attached to The Guthrie, and it is there precisely when you need a drink after a show or after a long rehearsal day. The staff here will very quickly get to know the companies and is generous about splitting checks and alerting you to last call for food at the end of a long night when their absolutely delicious burger or a basket of fries is all you want in the world.
806 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415 HOURS: Mon CLOSED Tues- Thurs 11:30AM- 10PM Fri 11:30AM- 11PM Sat 11AM- 11PM Sun 11AM- 9PM seachangempls.com
Target Lounge is the upstairs Guthrie Bar that will stay open late if there is significant overflow from Sea Change (same owners) and is your cozier, chiller option for the end of a night. With small windows offering gorgeous views of the Mississippi and the Stone Arch Bridge on either side, group together at one of the tightly organized dark leather arm chairs surrounding low tables or spread yourselves out around the bar.
818 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415 4th Floor of The Guthrie Theatre HOURS: vary based on the shows running
Maxwell's! Home of the waffle fries topped like nachos. Yup. If your cast is hungry and the price tag at Sea Change is a little too steep, Maxwell's is a quick walk away where you can order a few large plates of share-ables and debrief with cast and crew. Their selection of craft beers is super exciting as well, featuring a healthy selection of local breweries for you to support.
1201 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415 HAPPY HOUR: Mon- Sun 3PM- 6PM LATE NIGHT SPECIALS: vary HOURS: Mon- Sat 11AM- 2AM Sun 11AM- 1AM maxwellsbar.net
Marvel Bar is the speakeasy behind and under Bachelor Farmer, and this bar owns its urban elegance in a way that is unpretentious and beautiful. This place will feel like a nice night out and make you wish you'd worn your big-girl shoes, but the staff is down to earth and friendly and there is a looseness here, nothing stuffy. And this is a cocktail joint, so skip the beer and wine, and sample one of their intelligent and creative concoctions.
50 N 2nd Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401 HOURS: Sun- Thurs 5PM- 12AM Fri- Sat 5PM- 1AM marvelbar.com
Republic is a brisk walk from The Guthrie, in the same direction as Maxwell's, and a great option if you have a larger group and Maxwell's is packed. Also a great option for an incredible late-night Happy Hour deal any night of the week with $3 pints, $4 wine, and appetizers between $3-$6. It's hard to beat that anywhere, and Republic is spacious and warm inside with an expansive outdoor patio as well for the summer months.
So, if you're like me, every once in awhile the only thing I want in the world is a proper tiki drink, and the good news, here's your answer to just that in Minneapolis. Located in the hip Northeast neighborhood, Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge is a large bar self-described as a combination of "tiki bar history, a healthy helping of tattoo culture, several measures of kitsch, a dash of voodoo, and a passion for good times." Come here for your coconut, lime, and rum good times. They have a spacious interior as well as a deck on the river for the warmer months, so bring a group and stay awhile.
1900 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418 HOURS: Mon- Fri 11AM- 12AM Sat- Sun 10AM- 12AM psychosuzis.com
Hop21 Table Tennis Club & Bar
So listen, right across the street (or around the corner) from The Guthrie housing- right near that Caribou Coffee you might frequent- is a quiet, underground ping pong bar that will be one of the best nights you have in town if you can coordinate with a few like-minded friends. The staff here at Hop21 couldn't be kinder or more accommodating. They source local beer on tap that they're so excited to share with you. Their pizza is absolutely delicious, and there is a chill, 80's music vibe here that cannot be beat. It will take some organizing. The Court Rate is $20 an hour, and you can only reserve for two hours Sun -Thurs and for one hour Fri-Sat, before 8PM, but, really, just call them or come in for open availability. Call at 612.245.1000 during the day or 612.315.2964 after 4PM. This may seem like a lot of work, but just call and speak to these really really nice guys and set something up if you can. Really- the juju in this place is good. Very good. Your crew and cast will have an amazing night.
501 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415 HAPPY HOUR: Mon- Fri 4PM- 6PM HOURS: Sun- Thurs 4PM- 11PM Fri- Sat 4PM- 12AM hop21.com
Pimento Jamaican Rum Bar
Pimento got a shout of above for their incredible jerk chicken, but, located directly next door, is their deeply cool Pimento Jamaican Rum Bar which features live music every night of their week, including on their outdoor stage in the back during warmer months. Featuring 22 hand-selected Jamaican rums that find their way into a killer punches ($9) or higher-end cocktails ($10-$12), feel the buzz and the enjoy music at this engaging, fun, local spot.
2524 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404 HOURS: Mon- Fri 4PM- 2AM Sat 4PM- 2AM Sun 4PM- 2AM pimentokitchen.com
Gori Gori Peku Whisky Bar
With Kado no Mise on the first floor and Kaiseki Furukawa on the second floor, the small, historic building that houses Gori Gori Peku, a Japanese whisky bar, keeps excellent company. All three are brain children of founding chef and co-owner, Shigeyuki Furukawa, and well worth a visit, but I'm here to talk about Gori Gori Peku. The whiskey scene in Japan has long been gaining acclaim with their complex, elegant and bold creations and this tiny, dark, sexy upstairs bar is here to educate you on the variety of flavors available from some of the finest of Japanese whiskies. The knowledgeable staff is eager to share insights and recommendations with you at the bar, or at one of the low-sitting leather couches in the corners. This is a special night spot, but well worth the price tag.
33 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401 HOURS: Sun CLOSED Mon- Sat 5PM- 12AM kadonomise.com
Located Uptown near The Jungle Theatre, Nightingale is a warm, hip bar and restaurant with an excellent food menu and a great late-night Happy Hour deal including a $5 nightly cocktail and $4 fries and other affordable bites for a post-show craving. Their regular cocktail menu (all only $10) is about as solid a cocktail menu as you'll find anywhere. Featuring the cocktails basics done really really well, like their Sazerac, their Dark & Stormy, their Sidecar, or their Negroni, this menu is an (h)omage to the classics, and, as any cocktail lover knows, they can be the hardest ones to get right. So come here to sample the greatest hits of the cocktail world, and enjoy some delicious bar bites while you're at it.
Here it is. It's the closest bar to Guthrie actor housing that isn't inside the Guthrie itself. It's cheap and loud and fun and it's a gay bar, and if you need that last nightcap with a group and Sea Change is booting you out, come to eagleBOLTbar. This friendly, brightly lit, sticky bar is just perfect for having a really good time and enjoying an end-of-the-night beverage.
515 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415 HOURS: Mon- Fri 2PM- 2:30AM Sat 11AM- 2:30AM Sun 10AM- 12AM eagleboltbar.com
In Uptown Minneapolis, I expected something very different from Uptown VFW when I tagged along one night for karaoke but one of the coolest things about Uptown VFW is it is a real VFW Hall with all the classic decor and made to support and be a haven for local veterans. The drinks here an affordable and the company is lively and friendly, which all computes with how they open their doors to the community for live music events featuring local talent. This is an excellent Uptown place to visit one night, especially after 9pm on Wed- Sun nights when the karaoke is real.
Just on the edge of Saint Anthony Main and Northeast neighborhoods, I highly recommend going a little off-the-beaten-path to visit Headflyer Brewing Company. Open on Mondays and later in the day on Sundays (woo! actor schedule) this spacious, bright taproom is hip and welcoming. Ideal for a larger group, find a table or a sofa and sample away from their extensive beer list. I recommend their Kettle Sour (if you like sours) as well as their Honey Wheat Ale, but you really can't go wrong with a flight!
861 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414 HOURS: Mon- Thurs 3PM- 10PM Fri 1PM- 12AM Sat 12PM- 12AM Sun 12PM- 9PM headflyerbrewing.com
Indeed Brewing Company and Taproom
Indeed is one of the best known of the Minneapolis breweries and for good reason. Their flagship Day Tripper Pale Ale premiered in 2012 and put them on the National scene and that rep only continued with beers like their Flavorwave IPA. They were the first brewery to open a taproom right in the heart of the Northeast, and that taproom is just dripping with character and heart. Even consider scheduling a brewery tour with your company for $3 a person on a day off or just swing by this special spot one evening to get a taste of some of the best beer Minneapolis has to offer.
711 NE 15th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55413 HOURS: Mon- Tues 3PM- 11PM Wed-Sat 12PM- 11AM Sun 12PM- 8PM indeedbrewing.com
Fair State Brewing Cooperative
Fair State is a Co-Op, and this brewery's commitment to its organization and community is second to none. It doesn't hurt on top of that that they have been singled out over the years as one of the best breweries in Minneapolis. Include this spot as part of your Northeast Brewery Tour (especially since they're open on Mondays!). You can bring your own food here (and there are plenty of spots nearby.) It isn't a huge taproom, but just about as buzzy and friendly as you can hope for, so snag a spot and dive into some board games and card games alongside your beers. (Oh, and they're dog friendly, for those looking to bring their pups along!)
2506 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418 HOURS: Mon- Tues 4PM- 11PM Wed- Thurs 4PM- 12AM Fri 2PM- 12AM Sat 12PM- 12AM Sun 12PM- 9PM fairstate.coop
Norseman Distillery is a small-batch craft distillery in the Northwest that will charm you right off your feet. This golden, glowing tasting room, located off a renovated loading dock, is offering up absolutely exceptional cocktails alongside thoughtful charcuterie (Tues-Sat) But you are always welcome to bring along your own food here or to order in, and really you are here to sample all the exceptional hand-crafted spirits this place has to offer. I recommend sampling a few different kinds (everything from gin to rum to whiskey) before diving in to a cocktail. Try something simpler like their VVG Cocktail with apricot, industrial rum, anisette, and serrano bitters or something more innovative like their Royk Cocktail with harvest whiskey, bittersweet, maple, and smoke.
451 Taft St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413 HOURS: Mon- Thurs 4PM- 11PM Fri 3PM- 12AM Sat 1PM- 12AM Sun 12PM- 5PM norsemandistillery.com
528 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 HOURS: Sun- Thurs 7AM- 9PM Fri- Sat 5PM- 10PM almampls.com
Dunn Brother's Coffee
201 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55401 HOURS: Mon- Fri 6AM- 8PM Sat 7AM- 8PM Sun 7AM- 6PM locations.dunnbrothers.com