A five-minute drive from downtown, Uptown’s public spaces entice visitors with bike paths, sculpture gardens, and locals blasting impressions of Björk's pet swan over a megaphone. Nearby, rented canoes crisscross Lake Calhoun’s calm waters, and restaurants serve eclectic cuisines from fresh seafood to Japanese cuisine on outdoor patios. Visitors to Uptown can feast on American fare at restaurants such as Primebar, which serves up sandwiches, steak, and seafood with largely local brews; The Herkimer Pub & Brewery in Lyn-Lake, known for its small batches of craft beer; and the Uptown Cafeteria, offering trendy contemporary meals. Evenings out at Bar Louie tempt guests with martinis, margaritas, and other cocktails accompanied by pub food, and Chino Latino delights palettes with dishes small and large, spicy and explosive. Wayward mermaids dining at Stella's Fish Cafe & Prestige Oyster Bar can enjoy a feast fit for the sea with raw, grilled, and baked items, or step on shore and visit moto-i in Lyn-Lake to sample the food you’d find on Japanese streets.
Covering an expansive 75-mile radius around Minneapolis and St. Paul, Vincent’s Limo swathes travelers in commodious cocoons of style and elegance ranging from luxury sedans to stretch limousines and SUVs. Professional drivers steer their elongated urban yachts around seas of rubbernecking pedestrians while passengers peer through tinted privacy glass or indulge in interior amenities such as plush leather seats, a satellite radio, and an ice compartment for bubbly beverages. A Lincoln luxury sedan with a spacious cabin offers airport transfer service from downtown Minneapolis to Minneapolis St. Paul Airport for up to three passengers at an average rate of $50 a ride (not including a fuel surcharge and 20% gratuity), and an all-inclusive $72 hourly rate lets passengers practice their backseat driving on familiar streets.
Whether seating pairs or quartets, the whimsical vehicles from Papa Wheelie's Surrey Rental let riders bask in the open air as they trundle along serene paths. Colorful canopies shade pedaling sightseers as they explore downtown Stillwater. Riders may choose to follow the banks of the St. Croix River, taking in the relaxing, melodious sounds of lapping water or glimpsing the dark mirror universe of Wisconsin on its opposite shore.
Safeway Transit entertains riders with a fleet of seven custom buses, each coated in a unique color of paint and stocked with upgrades including club lights, powerful speaker systems, and keg holders. Their fleet features both smoke-friendly and smoke-free vehicles, some with LED poles presumably for firefighters that detect unusual billows. The bubblegum-colored Pink Bunny bus features these illuminated support beams in its aisles, as does the Black Pearl—a sleek city bus with black lights, black paint, privacy windows, and room for 40 passengers. In addition to the mobile nightclubs, Safeway Transit also situates passengers in its neon green Night Rider, which features a checkered floor plucked from a retro diner and wood paneling along the ceiling and the base of its seats.
The automotive professionals at Honest-1 Auto Care repair vehicles with a commitment to eco-friendly standards and practices. Technicians tackle every square foot of vehicles with an extensive slate of services, and educate owners on the specific needs of their roadsters. A tiled waiting room supplies TVs, an Internet café, free drinks, and free oxygen. There’s a free shuttle available as well, and the shop offers a complimentary pickup and drop-off service.