Food & Drink

16 Twin Cities Bars That Are Open on Christmas Day

Published On 12/18/2015 Published On 12/18/2015
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Triple Rock Social Club
Little Tijuana (Official)
Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant
The Pourhouse
Rail Station Bar and Grill
O'Donovan's Irish Pub
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1. Grumpy's Bar 2200 4th St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418 (Downtown)

This classic Downtown boozer's got traditional American diner fare with outposts in Northeast and Roseville.

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2. Bryant Lake Bowl 810 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

The rare combination of bowling alley, restaurant, and cabaret theater, BLB got shows almost every day, from comedy to burlesque.

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3. Amsterdam Bar & Hall 6 6th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55102 (Downtown St Paul)

This rock music venue features a pair of bars and stages in a large warehouse space, and although you can't do most things here that you'd find in the Red Light District, it still has a distinct Dutch theme (minus thousands of people on bicycles).

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4. Palmer's Bar 500 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Palmer's is a nice neighborhood dive that serves ice cold lawnmower beers. The only drawback? It's located at the foot of the Cedar Riverside building.

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5. The Lowry 2112 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405 (Uptown)

Finally gorgeous-ifying the building that made the block cringe for years, The Lowry's a boozy, modern diner decked with clean leather booths, stained concrete floors, rich wood everywhere, and a sleek fireplace near the hostess stand, which is hopefully staffed by some good-looking HoHos.

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6. The Exchange 10 S 5th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402 (Downtown)

Let the strobes light your way as you party in style at this downtown nightclub that serves swanky cocktails, delectable finger foods, and hosts some of the best shindigs in the Twin Cities.

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7. Triple Rock Social Club 629 Cedar Ave , Minneapolis, MN 55454 (West Bank)

This bar and music venue is often blessed with brews curated by Artisanal Imports, and rocked by tunes from local favorites such as The Dead Pigeons, Crankshaft, and L’Assassins.

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8. CC Club 2600 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

This Uptown bar and eatery has a divey, rock club feel (complete with jukebox!), rocks an outdoor patio, frequent happy hours, and boozy brunch specials which're highlighted by crispy hash-browns and whiskey & eggs.

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9. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (Central)

A jazz club and bar that attracts some of the best tunes in the country. Oh, AND they've got delicious bistro eats.

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10. Moscow on the Hill 371 Selby Ave, St. Paul, MN 55102 (Downtown St Paul)

Russia is a big place, and Moscow on the Hill offers food from nearly every part. Dine like a Czar with a five course meal of caviar and Russian vodka, salmon, champagne, blini or piroshkies (or just have a normal dinner), and hang out on the outdoor patio on Cathedral Hill.

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11. The Pourhouse 10 S 5th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402 (Downtown)

The Pourhouse retains Spin's 12000sqft but changes pretty much everything else, blending a Prohibition theme (moonshine barrels everywhere, jail cell bathrooms, a bookcase that opens to a hallway leading to a "Hooch Room") with a modern sports/ party bar, replete with a stage for DJs and live acts, graffiti murals, 20-plus TVs, and a 24ft HD projection screen that makes for "the best viewing experience for sports in the Upper Midwest".

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12. Little Tijuana 17 E 26th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404 (Whittier)

The bar pours margs like the Big Tijuana (Cointreau, Grand Marnier, and a "liqueur float" for $1), plus Dos Equis drafts, Schlitz tallboys, tiered tequila flights, and a cocktail cull that includes a tequila Bloody Mary called the Pablo Escobar. The menu's full of griddled American grub (pizza burger, bleu cheese burger, chicken parm, BLT triple decker...) and the standard Mexican madness (enchiladas, tacos, BYO burritos...).

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13. Rail Station Bar & Grill 3675 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (Longfellow)

Established in 2004, Rail Station has more than 40 beers on tap and a host of other drinks and food in their menus. It's a quality spot to drop by and have a drink, a bite, and to watch a game.

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14. O'Donovan's Irish Pub 700 1st Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (Downtown)

The happy hour deals at this lively neighborhood Pub are widely heralded-- how can you go wrong for $3 a drink, Monday through Friday? Their outdoor patio happens to be the perfect place to enjoy these insanely cheap libations.

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15. O'Gara's Bar & Grill 164 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55104 (Downtown St Paul)

O'Gara's is lined with classic beer signs, enormous flatscreens, shuffleboard, and a retooled bar space that serves up crafts and a menu of their "State Fair Apps".