With an abundance of places in Minneapolis to get your grub and suds, one can afford to be a little more choosy when it comes to picking out a place for food and drink. There’s plenty of history to absorb in this city, especially in establishments that have stood the test of time to continue doing what they do best. Here are a few of the oldest bars and restaurants in Minneapolis that’ll satisfy that urge for taking in some historic culture along with some timeless menus.
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Gluek’s Restaurant & Bar
16 N 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403 | Opened 1904
Based out of an 1855 warehouse, Gluek’s has been a hall for savory German beer and food since 1904. Most notable is their richly German atmosphere with an enthusiasm all its own. They’re currently open Monday – Saturday for curbside pickup and delivery.
500 Cedar Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55454 | Opened 1906
Located in the historic flatiron building built in 1906, Palmer’s is an old bar in Minneapolis that serves draft beer and cocktails, with some live music events to boot. They’re currently not open but are planning to do so soon with some revisions to the location.
Stanley’s Northeast Bar Room
2500 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418 | Opened 1920
The casual and open atmosphere of Stanley’s Bar Room has made it an old-fashioned staple of the Minneapolis bar scene. They span everything from cocktails to cookies to biscuits and burgers. Open for dining on their dog-friendly patio Monday – Thursday 11 am – 12 am, Friday 11 am – 1 am, Saturday 9 am – 1 am, and Sunday 9 am – 12 am.
2229 E 35th St, Minneapolis, MN 55407 | Opened 1923
Having been around for decades, Chatterbox Pub is an old award-winning pub and bar in Minneapolis that remains committed to being as tasty a spot as it is a social hangout with beer and board games. Currently open for dine-in, patio, takeout and delivery daily 4 pm to 1 am.
5800 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417 | Opened 1928
Home of an award-winning Jucy Lucy, the 5-8 Club has been in operation since 1928. Originally a speakeasy by the name 58th Street Club, the place is known for its food and drink that has landed the location on numerous reality food TV shows. Currently open for dining at 11 am – 9 pm daily.
2200 Como Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 | Opened 1932
If you’re looking for the oldest bars and restaurants in Minnesota that serve Americana food and well-priced drinks, we recommend visiting Manning’s Cafe. This restaurant was established in 1932 and has been offering board room lunches since 1989. Consider their 2-4-1 Happy Hour as well as their 32-oz Bloody Mary priced at $8.95 every day. They’re currently closed but should be opening back up soon as their website suggests.
26 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402 | Opened 1946
Located in a building built in the 1880s, Murray’s has remained as a Minneapolis steakhouse since 1946. They’re a trendy spot now, considering their vast array of tasty beef options and stellar wine selection. Currently open for dining on Monday – Sunday, 4 – 9 pm.
Matt’s Bar and Grill
3500 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407 | Opened 1954
If the craving for a Jucy Lucy hits in Minneapolis, Matt’s Bar and Grill is just the spot to fill that void for burgers and cheese. Having been in operation since 1954, the building has some history to it considering the old-fashioned exterior. Currently open for dining seven days a week, 11 am – 12 am.
1428 4th St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413 | Opened 1955
Noted as an old-school bar of Minneapolis, Mayslack’s certainly has the look of a pint and some snacks. Currently open for drinking and dining seven days a week.
2021 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN 55405 | Opened 1963
Having been in business since 1963, Liquor Lyle’s maintains a throwback environment with its checkerboard design while still catering to tastiest desires of today with beer, burgers, and wings. They’re currently closed but planning to open again soon.
Black Forest Inn
1 E 26th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404 | Opened 1965
Dishing up the savoriest of German cuisine, Black Forest Inn has been continuing to be a highlight of German beer and grub in Minneapolis since 1965. Open for reservations and takeout 3 pm – 9 pm every day.
2600 Lyndale Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55408 | Opened 1970
Having been around since the 1970s, CC Club knows a thing or two about dining experiences that last. The menu at this old bar in Minneapolis covers a little bit of everything including pizza, cocktails, breakfast, and beer. Currently open for outdoor dining daily.
Mortimer’s Bar and Restaurant
2001 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405 | Opened 1976
Located off Lyndale and Franklin since 1976, Mortimer’s Bar and Restaurant continues to be a relaxing and inviting spot for Happy Hour and not-too-fancy dining. They’re open for dine-in with the kitchen serving up grub until 10 pm.
821 Marquette Ave Minneapolis, MN 55402 | Opened 1988
A landmark of Minneapolis, Manny’s Steakhouse also has the reputation as one of the greatest steakhouses in the state. Steak, seafood, and all manner of chops are on their appetizing menu. Open for dining on Monday – Saturday, starting at 5 pm and closing when they close.
1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403 | Opened 1990
For the most classic and authentic of British Pub experiences, Brit’s Pub has been Minneapolis’s haven for dabbling in drinks in a manner most English, having opened in 1990 and made many additions since. They open for dining on Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 am and Monday – Friday at 4 pm.
Gasthof Zur Gemutlichkeit
2300 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418 | Opened 1992
With its rustically old architecture allure, Gasthof Zur Gemutlichkeit has all the right elements for an invigorating German dining experience. Plenty of tasty drinks to be had with Happy Hours of 2-4-1 Single Pour Cocktails. Open Tuesday – Wednesday 3 pm – 10 pm, Thursday – Friday 3 pm – 2 am, and Saturday 11 am – 2 am, and Sunday 11 am – 10 pm.
Whitey’s Old Town Saloon
400 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414 | Opened 1995
Serving Minneapolis for over 25 years, White’s Old Town Saloon has updated the spot that once housed St. Anthony East Bar to become a top spot in Minneapolis’s fine food and drinks. Everything from walleye strips to cheese curds is present for a menu that just screams Minnesota Nice. Currently open seven days a week for takeout.
Town Hall Brewery
1430 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454 | Opened 1997
With its cozy brick-built environment, Town Hall Brewery has much history in its walls that have stood since 1997. They’re more than worth checking out for their astounding beer and a fine selection of burgers and snacks. Currently open for reservations Sunday – Monday 12 pm – 8 pm and Tuesday – Saturday 12 pm – 10 pm.
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