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Twin Cities Nightlife

If you think the hustle and bustle of the Twin Cities is crazy during working hours, just hang around until after 5pm - and if you're really adventurous, stay until after 8pm.  Nightlife in the Twin Cities has seen a dramatic boom in the last five years, primarily due to the downtown loft and condo developments.  With more folks living downtown, the restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues are thriving after five.

Music lovers can take pride in several after-hours spots around the Twin Cities.  Most notably, "First Ave" (officially, First Avenue & 7th Street Entry) has made an impact on both the local and national music scenes.  Many now famous rock musicians have graced this club's stage over the years.  Other hot rocker clubs are the 400 Bar and the Turf Club.

Concerts and local music of all kinds can be heard at various clubs around the Twin Cities.  The jazz music scene remains alive in well thanks to celebrated clubs like The Dakota Restaurant and Jazz Club in Minneapolis and The Artists' Quarter in Saint Paul.  

An early evening favorite of business personnel is the pedestrian-only streets of Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis's business district.  Other favorites for salsa music and dancing include Babalu, Conga Latin Bistro and El Nuevo Rodeo.

The Block E district, in the Hennepin Theater District, is very popular and offers great nighttime entertainment for the artsy crowd.  There are piano showdowns at the Shout! House, trendy dancing and VIP sections at the Escape Ultra Lounge, high-tech movies at the Crown Theatre, and more.  Block E's luxury hotel, Graves 601, also have two great bars of its own.  Over on the river, there are restaurants and numerous bars located in the renowned Guthrie Theater; the new design of this remarkable theatre is best featured by the "Endless Bridge," the cantilevered lobby overhang, which is an observatory for the Mississippi River falls and landscape.

Uptown, just south of downtown Minneapolis has a host of fashionable restaurants and cafes.  The landmark in this neighborhood is the 60-foot sign of the Uptown Theatre, originally built in 1916 and enjoyed today by film buffs.  The theatre is unique in that it has the biggest screen and the only balcony seating in the Twin Cities.

Bellanotte, or "Bella" to patrons, has been a hot club in town lately, as well as some newer bar & restaurants such as Seven (which boasts an amazing outdoor patio), the Chambers hotel which features several bars including the wintertime Ice Chamber for those not afraid of the chilly temps, the stylish Art and Gorilla Bar. and the Red White and F-ing Blue Bar and others. Located across from the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis, the club offers an elegantly designed dining area for fine dining and exceptional service where you can enjoy lunch or dinner.  You'll find an affluent and attractive crowd at the bar for happy hour and late-night, sophisticated entertainment.

If you are looking for an upbeat - and sometimes wild - crowd, the shops, restaurants, and nightclubs in the Warehouse District may suit your needs.  The legendary First Avenue music club and the hot new Escape Ultra Lounge are located here.  A new kind of entertainment scene is Club 3 Degrees in the Warehouse District, where Christian music is played and no alcohol or dirty dancing is allowed; it is becoming a popular place where Christians can play pool, dance, and socialize while avoiding the cigarette smoke and aberrant influences of other clubs.

With a mix of historic landmarks, modern amenities, and beautiful landscape, The Riverfront District is one of the newest and trendiest areas of Minneapolis.  On both sides of the river, this area offers unique late-night dining opportunities and a handful of excellent wine bars. You can also see the sights from a horse and carriage ride or board a dinner cruise on the Mississippi River.

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