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Unique Nights Out In The Twin Cities

Tired of your typical routine or increasingly mundane nights staying in or repeatedly visiting the same places? If you are looking to mix things up and try something a bit more unique than, say, grabbing a cocktail at your local watering hole or posting up on the couch with chips and beer, check out this list venues and activities. These fun opportunities will get you thinking outside the box and can all be done right here in the Twin Cities.
Nightlife & Music Unique Nights, 331
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331 Club
331 13th Ave. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 331-1746

Price: No Cover
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If you're looking for something a bit more adventurous than simply grabbing a beer with friends, the 331 Club is worth paying a visit. Participate in the Drinkin' Spelling Bee, try your hand at Blingo or test your pop culture knowledge by playing Laura and Sean's Movie and Music Trivia game. The bar also frequently hosts unique events like early 90s dance parties and "To the Window, To the Wall," a grown-up prom and dance night where themed attire is certainly encouraged. 331 Club also regularly hosts live entertainment, open mics and DJs. The best part? This unique night out in Minneapolis won't cost more than you're willing to spend, as there are no covers at 331 Club, ever.

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Nightlife & Music Unique Nights Donny Dirk's Zombie Den
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Donny Dirk's Zombie Den
2027 North Second St.
Minneapolis, MN 55411
(612) 588-9700

Price: No Cover

Zombies have reigned supreme as a significant part of our cultural zeitgeist, and Minneapolis is partially responsible for helping zombies go mainstream in recent years. Home to the largest zombie pub crawl the U.S. has ever witnessed, every year Minneapolis attracts exponentially more zombies than the year prior. But if waiting to get your zombie fix once a year just isn't enough, pop into Donny Dirk's Zombie Den where you can sip zombie-themed drinks while watching your favorite zombie movies.

Nightlife & Music Unique Nights Rusty Quarters Arcade
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Rusty Quarters Retro Arcade & Museum
818 West Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 823-0551

Price: 25 cents per game
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Remember those arcade games that you used to beg your parents for spare change to play? Rusty Quarters does, and they are dedicated to bringing you the best classic games from the 80s and 90s. Think Donkey Kong, Dig-Dug, Frogger, Ms. Pac-Man and Space Invaders Deluxe, with new games regularly added to the arcade's lineup. Those of the competitive nature will love having their high scores displayed on Rusty Quarters' weekly high scoreboard. Rusty Quarters also books private parties so you can make a night playing classic favorites surrounded by friends and family.

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Nightlife & Music Unique Nights Vertical Endeavors
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Vertical Endeavors
2540 Nicollet Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 436-1470

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Native Minnesotans can attest to the fact that the local landscape is fairly uniform, lacking the elevation needed to participate in activities like rock climbing. If rock climbing is an activity you have been dying to try, Vertical Endeavors has the facility and equipment to make it possible. The Minneapolis venue offers over 25,000 square feet of climbable surface to challenge the rock climbing aficionado and also offers classes to get novices started. Get vertical and give rock climbing a go.

Nightlife & Music Unique Nights Howl At The Moon
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Howl at the Moon
430 N 1st Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 333-1299

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Looking for a high-energy, fun-loving bar atmosphere? If so, check out Howl at the Moon, a Rock N' Roll Dueling Piano Bar. The talented piano-and-guitar playing musicians at Howl at the Moon are there to indulge their audience, taking requests and performing entertaining renditions of your favorite songs live. Regardless of whether your musical fancy is tickled by the likes of Nikki Minaj or Billy Joel, the talented pianists here will play it for you. Dance, sing or grab a seat and watch the show, which is centered around audience participation to ensure a fun, unique night out on the town.

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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