10 Popular Hipster Dive Bars to Visit This Weekend in Minneapolis

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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Cardinal Tavern

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.

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Young Joni

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.

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Tracy’s Saloon

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.

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Erté & the Peacock Lounge

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.

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Cobble Social House

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.

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Nye’s Bar

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.

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Dusty’s 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.

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Volstead’s Emporium

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.

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The Pourhouse

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.

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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.


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