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A Night Out In Minnesota's Uptown Minneapolis

It’s the weekend and you’re ready for a night out on the town; Uptown that is. Whether you’re looking for killer drink specials or a place to see and be seen, check out some of these Uptown hot spots.

Nightlife & Music Single Bars, Liquor Lyle's
Photo Credit: Liquor Lyle's via Facebook

Liquor Lyle’s
2021 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 870-8183

Having recently celebrated its 50 years of existence, Liquor Lyle’s is an Uptown staple. This cozy dive possesses a retro vibe with its vinyl leather booths and matching vinyl-topped bar stools. Whether you’re in the mood to shoot some pool, catch the latest game or just hang with friends, Lyle’s is worth a stop to take advantage of two-for-ones, which occurs daily from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.  

The Lowry
2112 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 341-2112

Settle into a booth or hit the laid-back patio at this popular Uptown urban eatery and take advantage of its late-night happy hour, which occurs daily from 10 p.m. to close. Enjoy discounted rails, tap beer and wine as well as “Jeff’s cocktail of choice,” which changes frequently.

2551 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 354-7060

If you’re in the mood for a finely crafted cocktail that won’t break the bank, head on over to Nightingale where a mean drink won’t cost you more than $8. Catch Nightingale’s late-night happy hour from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily and you can enjoy discounted rail drinks, beer and wine. And if you’ve got the late-night munchies, this spot can hook you up with discounted snacks as well.

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2940 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 821-6262

If you’re in the mood for something different, this Japanese-style pub brews its own sake and features a variety of sake cocktails, including sake bombs. Snag a seat on the rooftop and soak up the view of Uptown from above. If your preferred venue is more of a sporty brew pub, head over to The Herkimer next door for beer brewed on-site and a competitive game of bean bags or shuffleboard.

Cause Spirits and Sound Bar
3001 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 822-6000

Live music can be hard to come by Uptown, but if live music is what you crave, be sure to check out Cause as it features local acts every night of the week. Most shows cost a cool $5, with a handful of cover-free shows happening during the week.

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3001 Hennepin Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 886-2309

Occupying the second story’s coveted corner of Calhoun Square is Republic, a bar and restaurant that offers some great views of the hustle and bustle of Uptown. If you’re lucky enough to find one, try to snag a window seat. Enjoy Republic’s daily happy hour from 10 p.m. to midnight for two full hours of discounted beverages - including beer, wine and rail drinks - as well as discounted late-night nibbles.

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Chino Latino
2916 Hennepin Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 824-7878

If you want to see and be seen on your night out in Uptown, Chino Latino is the place to go. Known to get a bit rowdy on the weekends, Chino possesses a fun, youthful atmosphere and isn’t afraid of sexual innuendos, playfully featuring drinks like the Reverse Cowgirl and the Donkey Punch on its cocktail menu. Hit the lounge or snag a seat outside and let the people watching begin.

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A Minnesota native that was born and raised Up North, Minneapolis is where Christina Kalinowski currently calls home. Christina appreciates irony, loves bacon, enjoys a hearty libation (drink responsibly, folks), and is an avid proponent of the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness. Her work can be found at

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