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Insider Guide

Minneapolis

Where a hometown culture meets big city buzz.

Insider Guide Minneapolis

When In Minneapolis, You Must

Know Before You Go

Grab a bird’s eye view of the City of Lakes.

W Minneapolis–The Foshay has a 30th floor observation deck, complimentary to all guests.

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Talk Like A Local

Learn the slang from the city.

Uff-Da

/'oo-fh dah/ exclamation
A phrase is used to express sensory overload.
Uff-Da, what a day! Now it's time to party!

Neighborhoods to Explore

Want to be whisked away to a fabulous world of music, theatre, art and film? Well, let me show you the way. The Twin Cities are noted for their array of intriguing theater, fine orchestras, and art museums. Check out some of the best neighborhoods for unique locals-only experiences.

1. Downtown Minneapolis

Modern and bustling, Downtown Minneapolis is made up of many unique neighborhoods such as Loring Park, the historic waterfront, or Nicollet Mall in the heart of downtown.

2. Uptown Minneapolis

An eclectic, artsy, vibrant, and constantly changing area. Restaurants, independent movie theaters, and unique retail shops bring this neighborhood to life.

3. The North Loop

Check out Minneapolis’ fastest growing neighborhood. Known for its distinctive boutique shopping and unmatched dining scene, the North Loop is not to be missed.

4. Northeast Minneapolis

Breweries, hip distilleries, and delicious eats. You may enter Northeast hungry, but I promise you will leave full.

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Ultimate Access To Minneapolis

Live it up like a local.

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Young Joni

165 13th Ave NE

Shareable Korean inspired fare in a beautifully unique space that has been described as “a tree house for grown-ups.”

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Looking for “The Back Bar”…? Head through the alley toward the fluorescent red light to the 1970s themed speakeasy. Order a “No Judgment” with vodka, ginger, pear, and sparkling wine. It’s easy and breezy just like you.

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Butcher and The Boar

1121 Hennepin Ave

Upscale barbeque with unbeatable service. This restaurant has the best selection of bourbon in Minneapolis.

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Head over to B&B’s Beer Garden for beer, brat, and a shot.

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First Avenue

701 N 1st Ave

Come see the house that Prince built. First Avenue has hosted countless music legends since 1970.

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Celebrating your birthday soon? First Avenue allows you and a guest to come for no cover on your birthday, plus they will give you a complimentary bottle of champagne!

Public Functionary

Public Functionary

1400 12th Ave NE

More than a gallery, Public Functionary works with an old medium in a new world. They take risks and break down boundaries. Public Functionary is constantly writing new rules to address the question: what is the purpose of a gallery today?

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Follow Public Functionary’s Facebook page to find out about pop-up fashion shows, artist talks, and album release parties.

Spotted in Minneapolis

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Milkjam Creamery

2743 S Lyndale Ave

Check out Minneapolis’ esteemed chef Sameh Wadi with his latest concept–an ice cream shop with deliciously bizarre varieties made in-house daily.

Prohibition Bar

Prohibition Bar

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Take a step back into the past and head up to the 27th floor of the Foshay Tower to Prohibition Bar. This speakeasy in the sky seduces with superb cocktails and a breathtaking 360º view of the city.

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Walker Arts Center

1750 Hennepin Ave

An internationally recognized hub for arts, Walker Arts Center brings standout exhibitions, lectures, performances, and more to the Minneapolis area.

minneapolis music jazz venues

Dakota Jazz Club

1010 Nicollet Mall

Well-known to musicians and jazz fans alike, the Dakota continues to be one of the most talked about jazz clubs and restaurants across the country.

The Minnesota Orchestra

The Minnesota Orchestra

1111 Nicollet Mall

Ranked among America’s top symphonic ensembles, the Minnesota Orchestra has a distinguished history of acclaimed performances in its home state and around the world.

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