Minnesotans love a good beer. Over the last five years, breweries have spread across the metro like wildfire -- and there are so many strong contenders demanding your attention, it’s impossible to list them all here. We suggest starting with this mix of OG’s and newish taprooms on the brew scene: Bauhaus Brew Labs, Fulton, Indeed, Modist, Surly, Able, and Pyres. They’re kid (and some, animal) friendly, and many have good non-alcoholic options, as well as food/food trucks available.
Cost: Depends on how much you drink
One of the longest running independent clubs in the country, First Avenue has hosted pretty much everyone who’s anyone when it comes to music. After recording Purple Rain there in the ’80s, Prince quickly made the club famous. With more than 500 live concerts every year spanning a broad variety of genres, it’s a great place to bring friends and family, no matter their taste in music.
The Twin Cities region is home to some amazing James Beard award-winning kitchens: Popol Vuh, Spoon and Stable, Restaurant Alma, The Bachelor Farmer, In Bloom, Hai Hai, and Young Joni, just to name a few. No matter the type of cuisine you’re searching for- or how dressed up you want to get- these options offer something for everyone and every occasion.
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Make fun of it all you want (and we do), but the Mall of America has more than 500 stores that attract tourists and locals alike. Where else can you find five roller coasters, four Caribous, a million-gallon aquarium, and a Chapel of Love all under one roof? The people-watching alone is reason enough to go, plus the chance to visit stores with just this one location in the state. But, make sure someone remembers where you parked the car -- despite the color-coded pillars, the ramps are so massive that it gets confusing.
If you are looking to party, Uptown is the place to throw down on a Friday or Saturday night. Popular bars include Stella’s, Uptown Tavern & Rooftop, Cowboy Slim’s, and The Pourhouse -- and they’re all within a few blocks of each other, so you can easily move if one isn’t your jam.