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  • Grand Casino Hinckley

    Grand Casino Hinckley

    Hinckley is more than a halfway stop between the cities and Duluth. Grand Casino Hinckley offers all manner of entertainment from gambling to national touring acts stopping by for entertainment. No matter whether you’re up or down in the casino,... More on Grand Casino Hinckley »

  • Faces Mears Park

    Faces Mears Park

    Faces Mears Park, named in honor of the pretty Lowertown St. Paul green space it overlooks, originally operated as LoTo, which David Fhima, the chef-restaurateur behind Mpls. CafĂ©, Fhima's, and Louis XIII, among others, opened back in 2005. Fhima... More on Faces Mears Park »

  • Granny Donut

    Granny Donut

    With a name like Granny, how could their doughnuts be anything but delicious? Run by the same family for over two decades, this small brick-facade building in the heart of the West Saint Paul strip is the epitome of old-school (a former... More on Granny Donut »

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Bars & Clubs

  • Stevie Ray's Comedy Cabaret

    Stevie Ray's Comedy Cabaret

    You may remember going to the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre with your parents as a kid, trying to sit still through dinner and then an entire musical - probably Fiddler on the Roof or Cats. If this nostalgia isn't enough to draw you to the southwest... More on Stevie Ray's Comedy Cabaret »

  • Eagles Club #34

    Eagles Club #34

    Visualize a nice-sized ballroom, a smaller event and meeting space, a game room, and a full bar, all separated by your typical accordion-style wood doors. Imagine a stuffed eagle, pull tabs machine, 151-infused cherries at three for a buck,... More on Eagles Club #34 »

  • Dean's Tavern

    Dean's Tavern

    Located on the stretch of Rice Street just south of 36, Dean's Bar resides in a quaint building that looks like it should be situated on a lake in Northern Minnesota. It's a great place to go for cheap food and drinks, with generous happy hour... More on Dean's Tavern »

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Music Venues

  • Mayslack's Music Lounge

    Mayslack's Music Lounge

    Locally renowned for its Original, an obscene portion of roast beast garnished with peppers and slapped on a bun, Mayslack's has been a NE Minneapolis institution since 1955. Hipsters and oldsters alike belly up to the bar for a wide range of... More on Mayslack's Music Lounge »

  • Turf Club

    Turf Club

    Few bars in St. Paul can boast the kind of bang-per-buck ratio as the Turf, where a twenty will get you in to see a three or four-band set -- usually featuring notable local and national indie-rock acts -- and enough drinks to last you pretty... More on Turf Club »

  • Fine Line Music Cafe

    Fine Line Music Cafe

    Since 1987, this downtown Minneapolis destination has filled a role in making sure that First Avenue isn't the only music hotspot in the neighborhood. After surviving a 2003 fire, the club came back with upgraded audiovisuals and a new stage, and... More on Fine Line Music Cafe »

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Movie Theaters

  • The Varsity Theater

    The Varsity Theater

    This resurrected former theater is one of the best places to catch a concert in Dinkytown, whether it's a big-name touring act or some local heroes that've graduated past bar-band status. The Varsity boasts a spacious floor and an elevated... More on The Varsity Theater »

  • Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater

    Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater

    Let's play free association. Theater....steaming pots of java. Bowling shoes....petite syrah. Neighborhood bar....exquisite beer list. Clearly you've been hanging around the Bryant-Lake Bowl, where a certain sort of perfect life has been... More on Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater »

  • Loring Pasta Bar

    Loring Pasta Bar

    Like a movie set, like a stage set, like a fantasy with tapestry costumes and professional lighting, the Loring Pasta Bar is inarguably one of the prettiest restaurants in the history of Twin Cities dining. Two rooms: one a long grotto of a bar... More on Loring Pasta Bar »

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Food Trucks

  • World Street Kitchen

    World Street Kitchen

    World Street Kitchen is a more casual offshoot of the upscale Mediterranean/Middle Eastern restaurant Saffron operated by chef Sameh Wadi out of a parking lot at Nicollet and Fifth when weather permits. The truck's menu spans the globe:... More on World Street Kitchen »

  • Fork in the Road

    Fork in the Road

    This bright orange truck"s menu mantra is "fresh and familiar." In the summertime, that means cookout and picnic fare such as Reuben brats, diner-style pulled pork, pasta salads, and sno-cones. As the weather cools, the truck offers homestyle... More on Fork in the Road »

  • Smack Shack

    Smack Shack

    When the weather allows, a guy in a truck can be spotted picking leaves off a sprig of fresh tarragon, readying it for a lobster roll, just down the block from the party scene outside the The Fine Line. The vehicle, Smack Shack, which is parked... More on Smack Shack »

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Coffee Shops

  • Starbucks

    Starbucks

    Since its founding by a trio of aspiring coffee roasters in Seattle in 1971, Starbucks has grown to become the largest coffeehouse in the world, with upwards of 20,000 locations in Minneapolis / St. Paul and around the world. Named for the chief... More on Starbucks »

  • Kopplin's Coffee

    Kopplin's Coffee

    Andrew Kopplin thinks most coffee is crud, which is exactly why you should drink his. The veteran barista/shop owner sources his beans selectively and brews them by the cup in a fancy new machine called the Clover. (It gives coffee geeks precise... More on Kopplin's Coffee »

  • The Depot Coffee House

    The Depot Coffee House

    The Depot Coffee House in Hopkins is housed in an old train depot and run by local students. The coffee shop serves organic and Fair Trade coffee as well as snacks and ice cream in a relaxed, casual environment. The venue also hosts many open mic... More on The Depot Coffee House »

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    • The Best of the Twin Cities 2014 issue has just hit the streets, and that means it's time to celebrate. This year's Best of the Twin Cities party is going to be one of the most decadent soirees in the city, and we want you there to help us celebrate on the red carpet. See also: Best of the Twin Cities 2014 Winners Get glam for our old Hollywood bash and strut your stuff while nibbling on eats from some of this year's award-winning restaurants, showing off your duds in our photobooth, and dancing the night away to Rose Room featuring... More on Muse Event Center »

    • Punk and metal venue Station 4 has been closed since last June, and now the whole building at 201 4th St. in St. Paul's Lowertown district is up for sale. Gimme Noise is no real estate blog, but a listing like this couldn't help but pique our interest.Compared to last year's Medusa offering, this building has more amenities, and is right next to the new LRT line opening later this year -- hence a $1.2 million price tag. So it appears that the two-venue renovation plan proposed last year is no longer in the works.See also:Station 4 staying... More on Station 4 »

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