Nightlife in Waconia

$15 for a Tasting for Two with Wine, Cheese, and Truffles at Next Chapter Vineyard ($30 Value)

Next Chapter Vineyard

New Prague

Sip on wine paired with cheese and chocolate truffles during tasting hours on weekends

$30 $15

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Cracker at Varsity Theater on December 4 at 8 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Cracker

Varsity Theater

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David Lowery leads his alt-rock outfit through a set of ’90s hits such as “Low,” as well as new material with his trademark quirkiness

$34.10 $17

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“A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol” at New Century Theatre on November 28–January 4 (Up to 40% Off)

"A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol"

New Century Theatre

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Dickens’s holiday fable gets a Minnesota-style makeover in this musical about a grumpy bar owner who chooses snowmobiling over Christmas

$30 $18

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"Show X" on Monday Nights at HUGE Improv Theater, Through December 29 (Up to 53% Off)

"Show X"

Huge Improv Theater

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Weekly show features veteran players in long-form improv performances

$29.78 $14

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Dinner Show for One or Two from The Murder Mystery Company (52% Off)

The Murder Mystery Company

Multiple Locations

Professional improv actors invite diners to participate in an interactive whodunit as they enjoy a three-course meal

$60 $29

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Pub Cuisine for Two or Four at Two Stooges Sports Bar & Grill (50% Off)

Two Stooges Sports Bar & Grill

Fridley

Burgers, sandwiches, wraps, pasta & steak served at a Sports bar with 43 pool tables, weekly entertainment featuring Bands, Djs & karaoke

$30 $16

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$17 for $30 Worth of Lunch or Brunch for Two or More at Turf Club

Turf Club

Snelling & University

Renowned entertainment venue pairs live music with hearty burgers, flatbread sandwiches, and classic brunch dishes

$30 $17

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Pizzas, Salads and Drinks with a Comedy Show for Two or Four at Welsch's Big 10 Tavern (58% Off)

Welsch's Big 10 Tavern

Arden Hills - Shoreview

Big laughs drawn by comedian pair with housemade cheese pizzas, caesar salads, and drinks from the bar

$75.40 $32

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Friday-Night Comedy at the Courtyards Standup Show and Buffet Dinner for Two at Courtyards of Andover (Up to 35% Off)

Comedy at the Courtyards

Comedy at the Courtyards

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Comics from around the country follow a hearty buffet including brisket and a nacho bar

$73.90 $48

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Cave Tour with Appetizer and Wine for Two or Four at Luna Rossa (Up to 46% Off)

Luna Rossa

Stillwater

Wine and Italian appetizers conclude a walking tour of 18th-century brewing caves that have been important in Stillwater’s history

$58.97 $32

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$27 for a Wine Tasting for Two with Take-Home Bottle of Wine at Wild Mountain Winery ($52 Value)

Wild Mountain Winery

Taylors Falls

While surrounded by the rolling landscape of the St. Croix River Valley, students learn how to appreciate, drink, serve, and store wine

$52 $27

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Beer Flight and Pint Glasses for Two or Four at Sand Creek Brewing Company (Up to 40% Off)

Sand Creek Brewing Company

Black River Falls

Enjoy flights of beer from a selection of 10 year-round and seasonal brews, such as Oscar's Chocolate Stout and Sand Creek Hard Lemonade

$24 $15

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Sandwiches, 1/3-Pound Burgers, or Wraps with Beer for Two or Four at Bo's 'N Mine (46% Off)

Bo's 'N Mine

River Falls

Burgers made with Pierce County meat in nine varieties, including the Packer Backer bacon burger and the Jerk Burger covered in jerk spices

$35.40 $19

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Bottles of Wine and Souvenir Glasses at Hinterland Vineyards (Up to 54% Off)

Hinterland Vineyards

Clara City

Made from Minnesota-grown grapes, this vineyard's blended wines include two recent award winners—the Happy Creek Red and La Crescent

$51.90 $25

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Inside the family-owned Jumps & Downs, youngsters aged 1?8 tumble into a capacious ball pit, 5,000 balls strong?one of the many attractions that pepper the 3,600-square-foot facility. The indoor play center?s inflatables encourage airborne activities, building kids' motor skills every time they leap in one of the bounce houses, dive down the giant plush slide, or climb up the obstacle course. Groups of kids unleash cake-fueled manias on the playscape during birthday parties that come complete with all manner of festive accoutrements, including a private room, paper goods, invitations, and a copyright lawyer to make sure no scofflaw children sing "Happy Birthday" for free.

1155 Shakopee Town Sq.
Shakopee,
MN
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Located roughly 30 minutes from downtown Minneapolis, Canterbury Park is a popular destination for horseracing, poker, and casino games. The venue will transform into a stadium to host the AMA Pro K&N Filters Grand National Championship, a flat-track motorcycle race as fierce as an unloved naked mole rat in stiletto-heel boots. The all-day event begins with a vendor trade show and exhibition. Practice runs and an autograph session fill the afternoon, but the true action comes at 6 p.m., when the races begin. Riders will mount their custom-built bikes to race in mile, half-mile, and short-track heats on the sandy one-mile oval track. In all there are five heats, four qualifiers, and two championship races, which total 99 laps of racing. The victors will claim the ultimate title in flat-track racing but will not be granted pardon from outstanding library fees. Check out the day's full schedule here.

1100 Canterbury Rd S
Shakopee,
MN
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When Maynard's Restaurant opened its first location on the shores of Lake Minnetonka in 1998, it was a melding of the nostalgic and the modern. Sure, it was an old-fashioned diner, but one that added a gourmet flair to its American casual cuisine done right. It features an approachable menu with generous portions and plenty of variety for those repeat visits, from a pot-roast French dip to a butternut squash ravioli swimming in cranberry cream sauce. In 2005, a second branch opened in Rogers with equally comforting ambience, swapping out the lakeside locale for a cabin-esque dining room lit by a roaring fireplace.

685 Excelsior Boulevard
Excelsior,
MN
US

Founded in 2002 by Erik Sanborn, a Minnesota native whose art has taken him to stages across 25 countries, the Metropolitan Ballet curates a company of skilled dancers, some with ties to such prestigious companies as the Bolshoi Ballet. The curriculum is grounded in the Vaganova method of ballet, which emphasizes a strong core and full-body perfection of movement. The company also stays busy with a full season of performances, with lavishly costumed dancers moving through dramatic stories that have ranged from Dracula to The Nutcracker.

2806 Hedberg Drive
Hopkins,
MN
US

Bowling is the great social equalizer—a common ground where grizzled undercover clowns, blue-collar English lords, LARPer librarians, big and tall lingerie models, hordes of hive-minded hipsters, and the other two social demographics that compose America can unite in the common cause of toppling a gaggle of stuck-up, inanimate wooden pins. Brunswick has been a household name in this egalitarian pastime almost since the beginning, with a company history that dates back to the 19th century, providing classic American good times to all manner of patrons across the country. And with today's Groupon tying the room together, you'll get to play two games (up to a $10 value) in its hallowed halls wearing a pair of freshly disinfected bowling shoes (up to a $4 value).

12200 Singletree Ln
Eden Prairie,
MN
US

When it comes to grilling meat, The Prairie Tap House's executive chef, Phil Dvorak, draws upon the traditions of Baltimore to craft pit meats, which he marinates for three days with a secret housemade spice recipe. Afterward, he slow-cooks each cut over an oak-fired grill, thinly slices it, and serves it on a locally baked Kaiser roll.

With this meticulous method, Dvorak sears 10 meats, including pork served with buttermilk slaw and beef served with crisp white onions and house made creamy horseradish sauce. The rest of The Prairie Tap House's menu sticks to more traditional pub food, albeit with an upscale twist, from Korean beef lettuce wraps to handmade pastas tossed with lobster, bacon, and creamy toasted-fennel sauce. Along with 30 wines, bartenders complement feasts with 35 draft beers and more than 50 brews doled out in bottles, cans, or a server's gloved hands cupped together.

8251 Flying Cloud Dr.
Eden Prairie,
MN
US