A modern take on the classic movie-going experience, ShowPlace Icon Theatre takes the legwork out of dinner and a movie by pairing comfortable sophisticated theaters with upscale, on-location dining, and advanced reserved seating. With digital cinema projectors capable of displaying 35 trillion colors and premium digital surround-sound systems, each stadium-seated auditorium is equipped to showcase buzz-worthy films exactly as the director, assistant director, second-assistant director, and second second-assistant director intended. Patrons to the theater pick their viewing spots ahead of time, eliminating the usual frenzied, darkened search for ideal seating and guaranteeing guests find seats together.
The Lounge's posh décor and pulsing electronic beats lend itself to late-night mingling and premium-alcohol sipping. Beverages such as rail drinks ($6), glasses of wine ($7), and premium mixed cocktails ($7–$9) share fridge space with domestic bottled beers ($5) and imported bottled beers ($6). Electronic music induces robot dance moves, and exotic animal prints, plush velvet pillows, and oil-painting-lined walls complement modern furniture and little black dresses. The club's dress code allows unripped jeans, but athletic apparel, baggy clothing, white T-shirts, and slacks made of live squirrels are prohibited.
Inside The Ugly Mug's big-screen-laden bar, servers sate appetites with a menu of signature burgers, classic sandwiches, and a collection of 20 beers on tap. Groups of growling stomachs can apply midday and evening muzzles by feasting on turkey, lamb, bison, or Angus-beef burgers, including the Juicy PB and Bacon burger stuffed with peanut butter and peanut butter's apology to jelly. To sate cravings for square-shaped stacks, guests can piece back together the barbecued shreds of the pulled-pork sandwich with fried onion and a side of coleslaw. Bartenders augment the pub fare with glasses of tap beer, which diners can sip while monitoring televised sporting events for well-executed plays and commercial breaks.
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.
Social North Pole’s custom letters and videos add magic to loved ones’ Christmas season with individualized notes penned by Santa sent straight from the North Pole. Parents, uncles, or imaginary guardians fill out a form stating the name, age, and wish list of pintsize recipients before uploading family pictures. These thorough dossiers allow one of the Kris Kringles to create a tailored missive that helps little ones to more firmly believe in Santa and his magic, quelling their urge to stay up all night on Christmas Eve or to coax the FBI into manning extensive investigations.
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.