Going out drinking isn’t all about the booze. Often, it’s about the experience. For those looking for atmosphere, obscurity, or exclusivity check out these hipster dive bars in Minneapolis.
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2920 E 38th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
An unassuming exterior and half-empty parking lot make Cardinal Tavern a bit of an obscure pick that you’re drinking buddies have “probably never heard of.” Swing by this hipster dive bar in Minneapolis on a Wednesday night to participate in the weekly meat raffle.
165 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
You may know Young Joni as an iconic Minneapolis pizza place. You may even know about the hidden hipster bar attached to the back. Look for a red neon light in the alley behind the restaurant that marks the entrance. Once you’re inside, the backroom bar has a hip, ’70s basement kind of vibe — complete with velvet couches and a reel-to-reel music system.
2207 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Tracy’s plays it fast and loose with a menu that combines a mix of bar food favorites and upscale entrees. There are even a couple of interesting fusions between the two styles, like oyster sauce chicken wings or Cajun-seasoned tater tots.
323 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Are you looking for an upscale Hipster atmosphere at dive bar prices? Visit Erté & the Peacock Lounge in Minneapolis at happy hour and enjoy eclectic European scenery and $2 off vintage cocktails.
50 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55401
This upscale, two-story bar is marked only by a golden eye painted onto the brick outside. Enjoy many quality drinks and inventive cocktails at this impressively refined drinking spot.
112 E. Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN, 55414
Nye’s has a distinctly hipster look with golden booths, dark stained wood, and brick walls behind the bar. Stop by on Friday or Saturday night for live polka music in the Polonaise Room’s Piano Bar.
1319 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Dusty’s is a hipster dive bar in Minneapolis that specializes in whiskey and dagos, a traditional Italian sandwich made with peppers, mozzarella, tomato, and spiced sausage, inside a white roll. There’s a real dive bar feel at Dusty’s which really adds to its hipster appeal.
711 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Prohibition ended in the United States in 1933, but nobody told Volstead’s. The eclectic bar is still operating like an old-time speakeasy. It’s located down an alley, marked only by a red light over the door. Don’t bother trying the door; you’ll need to knock to be let inside. Once inside, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time as the décor has distinctly 1920s flair.
10 S 5th St #11, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Another prohibition-themed bar, the Pourhouse features multiple bars within the bar—one of which is hidden behind a bookshelf.
507 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Drinking at Cuzzy’s feels more like drinking in your buddies basement than going to a bar. The atmosphere of this dive bar in Minneapolis is warm and inviting. You’re unlikely to see wall art anywhere like Cuzzy’s. Every surface is covered in dollar bills—signed, drawn on, or written on stuck on the walls by patrons. It really gives the place a unique air.
Featured Image Credit: Nye’s Bar