A new addition to Minneapolis' downtown nightlife, Whisky Park serves country-themed ambience alongside a menu of comfort-food favorites, including pulled-pork sandwiches ($9.50), fresh margherita pizzas ($11.50), and homemade beef jerky ($8.50). Behind the bar, bartenders concoct whiskey-based whistle-whetters such as the Dolly-Would, a combination of Southern Comfort, Dekuyper Peachtree, orange juice, and a splash of ginger ale ($7), and the Ring of Fire, a shot of Jack Daniel's mixed with Tabasco sauce ($6). On Saturday nights, sip on Whisky Park's selection of specialty drinks ($7–$8) and digest dinners while struggling to stay upright on the free mechanical bull.
A classic sports bar in the heart of downtown, and just an abnormally long bunt away from Twins action, The Ugly Mug offers beer, specialty drinks, and an extensive menu to match. Lead off with an order of the seasoned tater tots ($6), served with house-made ranch dressing, and then slide tonguefirst into a grilled flatbread, such as the alligator and shrimp ($13), topped with poblano chili sofrito and manchego and jack cheese, or the classic tomato and basil margherita ($9). For alcohol-encompassed eats, guests can nosh on the Summit EPA-battered chicken strips ($7), tossed with a choice of six sauces, or they can forgo the eating part altogether and sip on a specialty cocktail, such as the Stoli and citrus Blue Lemonito ($7.50), swirled with mint and agave nectar. In additional to cocktailery, 20 beers are available on tap and 40 by the bottle—one for each week in the year. As stomachs acquaint themselves with new friends, eyeballs can turn to any of the bar's nine flat-screen TVs to catch Twins, Vikings, or PBS highlights.
A crown-topped crest hangs before the entrance of The Imperial Room, bejeweled with globe lights and illuminated with swirls of neon script. Inside, a party vibe effuses from leather chairs, murals of swinging jazz-club scenes, and a dress code barring bandannas, sideways ball caps, and barrister's wigs. Bartenders pull bottles from a wooden liquor cabinet and pour champagne cocktails and martinis, priming each sip to complement a menu of small plates, burgers, and ribs.
Part dance club, part sports bar, 508's two-level venue features contemporary American cuisine and plenty of space to catch the game or cut rugs into parallelograms on the dance floor downstairs. An extensive menu features starters such as hand-cut fries ($6) and asparagus flat bread ($8.95), while heartier fare includes a 12 oz. NY strip steak topped with roasted garlic and herb butter ($19.95). Gourmet sandwiches include the earthy portabella ($8.25), which melds the hearty mushroom with herbed cream cheese, butternut squash, and the savory envy of other, less handsome fungi. Irrigate your stomach soil with a pint from the extensive beer list or wet your whistling epiglottis with a specialty martini.
A sheet of corrugated metal adorned with neon letters and a row of piano keys greets guests entering The Shout House Rock ‘N Roll Dueling Pianos, but what lies within isn’t simply a bar: it’s a battleground. While bartenders pour drinks at rapid speeds—up to 662 shots in two minutes—a pair of performers wage musical war with grand pianos on a mirrored stage. When they’re not pounding out classic rock-‘n’-roll hits from the 1950s to the present, they engage the audience, cracking jokes, taking requests, and explaining the latent causes of Lisztomania. They also work in multiple teams to keep the music going all night long, giving guests plenty of time to sip their drinks and dine on menu items such as burgers and pizza. In addition to these tuneful nightly skirmishes, The Shout House also hosts weekly events such as ‘80s Night, Worker's Comp Night, and Birthday Tuesdays.
According to Thrillist, The Alley Sports Tavern's new owners recently renovated the warehouse space to include a shiny new granite bar. Despite the recent updates, the eatery’s history stretches back decades. It sits atop the former site of Athletic Park, the stomping grounds of the Minneapolis Millers and St. Paul Saints. Today the battle cries of enthused fans still echo throughout the restaurant on game days, when chosen teams such as the Minnesota Vikings and Twins fill large HD screens. The athletic showdowns also air on HD TVs in the brick-lined Alley, an outdoor area where, in addition to grilled brats and burgers on game days, the full food and bar menus accommodate hungry guests.
More than 20 brews pout from taps, and a spread of pub food includes everything from the Alley stuffed burger—a signature item packed with Pepper Jack, jalapeños, and bacon—to the pastrami pickle roll-up starter. The food, drink, and friendly atmosphere can unite to distract fans from the ref’s opening Shakespearian monologue—"fair is foul, and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air."