Quality Inn & Suites Mall of America - MSP Airport
814 East American Boulevard
Bloomington, MN 55420
Phone: (952) 854-5558
Fax: (952) 854-4623
Famous Dave's is the biggest name in barbecue in Uptown Minneapolis. From sandwiches and sides to the classic dishes such as beef brisket, barbecued chicken and ribs, the menu is all about the BBQ. And in addition to the food, Famous Dave's is also a popular destination for live blues music.
This nightspot is considered by many to be the top rock club in the Twin Cities. The best of the local talent and many national acts headline each and every night. By the shape of the building, which looks like a large caboose, you would think the acoustics would be poor. Quite the contrary, as the overflow crowds will attest. Along with a great beer selection, wine, liquor and soft drinks are served. Stick with the burgers or appetizers to satisfy your hunger. Pool tables, foosball and darts provide a definite working-class atmosphere. Arrive early for local bands and even earlier for the big acts, otherwise you will be standing or miss getting in at all. Advance sale tickets are available at select locations. Price varies according to act. Doors generally open an hour or two before showtime.
Jazz and blues reign supreme in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. Many of the Twin Cities' blues musicians call the area home and frequently appear at this popular spot. The airy, spacious interior holds some of the best jazz and blues talent in town. Once booked, the musicians are guaranteed steady work until their act wears thin and the crowd clamors for something new. On weekends, whoever is hot at the time takes center stage, with the spotlight given to old favorites or jam sessions during the week. Darts, pinball, video games or pool help pass the time. Settle in and listen to the music while devouring a burger, sandwich or appetizer. Beer, wine, cocktails and soft drinks can be had for the asking.
This intimate venue showcases a lot of local music talent, mostly rock and indie. It has a number of novelty theme nights, including Free Bacon Wednesdays, where patrons can eat bacon and popcorn popped in bacon fat until it runs out. Many shows are all ages; tickets can sometimes be bought in advance but most gigs are pay at the door. Check the website for details of upcoming gigs.
Ever wonder what Cheers would be like if it was a gay bar? Check out "The 19," as the regulars affectionately call it, and you will find out. A favorite hangout for the Minneapolis gay scene, this is one of the oldest gay bars in the Twin Cities. The joint is known for its quaint charm, friendly atmosphere, well-maintained pool tables and electronic dartboards. The real draw, however, is the diverse music cranked out on the antique jukebox. When is the last time you heard Nancy Sinatra, Radiohead or Vic Damone? The bar has a full liquor bar and a nice selection of beers. The bar is also popular with smokers, since it has a sheltered smoking patio which can be very important on a cold and snowy night.
Located close to downtown Minneapolis, the Nomad World Pub is a venue for many concerts. The Pub offers some really good selections of drinks specially the premium beers from around the world. There is a blend of local as well as national live music and DJ nights on Tuesdays. During international soccer games Nomad World Pub is more crowded than usual, with people glued to the game on the big screen TVs. Very trendy, for all it has on offer.
This joint caters to the average Joe looking for a good cup of java and a place devoid of the hipper-than-thou atmosphere. This place has withstood competition from the corporate coffee shop giants due to its inviting and pleasant ambiance. Live bands or solo acts perform on weekend evenings and tarot card readings are available on Friday afternoons. The back room plays host to smokers, some of which are also card sharks. For a nominal fee, you can surf on the single computer available. Feel free to use the record players. The selection of coffee and teas is sure to please any caffeine junkie and the baked treats are tasty.
Roll out the barrel with live music at this German bar. Located in the lower level of the German restaurant Gasthof Zur Gemutlichkeit in northeast Minneapolis, this pub features live music five nights a week. Local bands pound out music ranging from polka to classic rock to folk tunes to alternative rock. Darts and foosball help pass the time between music sets. Try some Wiener schnitzel or another one of the fine German delicacies. Of course, German beers are the main items in stock at the bar. A good selection of German wines is also available.
The Saloon is one of the Twin Cities' main gay bars. From the Tank to the Chicken Coop to the Stand, this is where the action is. Leather is a necessity to enter the Tank. A dress code is enforced. Thursday is under-21 night, Tuesday features karaoke and Sunday is 1980's retro. On weekends, the club becomes the hottest dance party in town, straight or gay. The music is loud, the patrons rock until 3am, and the place is packed wall to wall. If the dance floor is too crowded, try pool, pinball, darts or video games. Burgers, sandwiches, salads and deep fried appetizers highlight the limited menu. The saloon has an excellent beer list, both domestic and imported.
The corner of Snelling and University is always hopping and this bar (one of five on this busy block of St. Paul) is no exception. This is a shot and beer club with a working-class attitude. Live alternative rock bands are booked on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. If rock music isn't your thing, try your luck at shooting pool, playing darts or pinball. Popcorn, peanuts and bags of snacks round out the "menu." But tap and bottle beer, liquor and soft drinks are the favorite entrees here. Beware - there is a nightly cover charge.
Always a line outside, Bar Fly is the newest club for the young and lively in Minneapolis. Sophisticated with a laid back atmosphere, enjoy the live entertainment, the original drink mixes, and the stylish people. Take advantage of the perks of no lines and your own personal dance floor, as Bar Fly will also host a party for your special event with 5 to 500 people.
The Loft At Barfly is a private event venue. Barfly is known for promoting local as well as touring artists and The Loft is one of the venues here where they perform. The club is known for their good service, pleasant bartenders and terrific music. The 12,000 square foot loft is located just above the bar and is a full service venue. Check their website or contact them for details.