LAKEHAUS’ neighborhood, Uptown Minneapolis, is where Prince wanted to be, “It's all about being there.
Everybody's going Uptown. That's where I want to be. Uptown. Set your mind free. Uptown!” It’s a lively urban neighborhood, connected to the lakes and downtown, an eclectic destination for dining, shopping and entertainment. As entrepreneurs and creative folks thread their vision into the fabric of the local scene, the Uptown Minneapolis is shaping its own vibe that is attracting more and more residents to live, work and play in this wonderful urban oasis.
The landmark Uptown Theater features foreign, art and cult films, including “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” which has been running for 20+ years, and can now be seen once a month. Just down the street, Lagoon Cinema screens new releases, but it’s better known for showing indie, foreign and avant-garde films that are otherwise absent from larger, national theater chains.
A prominent hot spot for a night on the town, Uptown appeals to bar hoppers, late nighters and fun seekers alike. Some popular night spots include Libertine, Amazing Thailand, Chino Latino, Stella's Fish Cafe and Oyster Bar, Cowboy Slim's, The Pourhouse Uptown and The Fremont - just to name a few. With rooftop patios, daily late-night happy hours, and a different vibe in each, bars in the area all live within a few blocks from each other, easily making your bar hopping dreams come to fruition.
Dotted by waterways, it’s no surprise that Uptown Minneapolis offers numerous dining options focused on seafood and the like. However, residents would be amiss to think that their options end there. Japanese, Caribbean, French, Latin American and American fare invites those with a discerning palate to partake. Fortunate for vegetarians, there are also a decent selection of veg-friendly choices to be had.
A favorite bohemian spot consistently cranking out thoughtful French bistro food, great late-night nosh, and some of the best frites around. Check out the extensive list of Champagne and bubblies.1600 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-827-5710, barbette.com
Dining and bowling rarely go together well, but the kitchen at Bryant-Lake Bowl turns out a winning array of creative American fare, much of it local and organic. 810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-825-3737, bryantlakebowl.com
The chic and sophisticated spot by Isaac Becker is nothing short of a reimagined modern steak house. Order your chop by preferred size, take on a dumpling as a side, or choose a fresh, creative pizza from the basement bar's menu.1933 Colfax Ave. S., 612-843-1500, burchrestaurant.com
Chino Latino is still hot in Uptown Minneapolis after all these years. The menu is culled from many of the equatorial countries of the world and remains more fun than refined. Cocktails are huge and infamous, and the late-night happy hour is a budget-eater's dream. Bring your outdoor voice. 2916 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-824-7878, chinolatino.com
Platters of fluffy blueberry pancakes and crisp and tender waffles star here. You and the kids can get just about any style egg you want (including rancheros) at this funky, no-frills, busy breakfast spot. 2828 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-872-7282, eggandimn.com
The neighborhood hangs at French Meadow all day long, brunching over huge buckwheat pancakes, staring at laptops with a side of vegetarian chili, coffee klatsching with highest quality baked goods. Plus, there’s Bluestem Wine Bar in the back to roll into evening meetups. 2610 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-870-7855, frenchmeadow.com
Every morning, the line is out the door at this Uptown bakery and cafe. While their bakery case houses everything from crisp, sugar-studded scones to impossibly chewy coconut macaroons, the biggest draw at Isles are the “puppy-dog tails”: cinnamon-sugar braided into stretchy, vanilla-scented brioche and drenched in cream cheese frosting. 1903, 1424 W 28th St. Minneapolis, (612) 870-4466, islesbun.com
Chef Don Saunders owns this plaid and hunt-club little neighborhood charmer that might be the best place for an actual conversation. Every day brunch means you can have your eggs and eat them, too. Dinner is a bigger affair with plates of accessible, seasonal goodness cooked with classic technique. 2115 W. 21st St., Minneapolis, 612-377-3695, thekenwoodrestaurant.com
The brothers Ikeda run this Uptown Minneapolis spot where Asian meets Mediterranean meets Minnesotan. Surprisingly, it all works in a cozy pub-like atmosphere. Try the fried chicken sandwich. 1513 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-354-2453, lakeandirving.com
The Lowry's motto: Beer, Whiskey, Oysters, and Eggs. From early morning to late night, the fun and fresh menu aims to feed the young and hungry who crowd the neighborhood apartments. 2112 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-341-2112, thelowryUptown Minneapolis.com
LynLake’s newest haunt has people gathering all day. It’s made for the linger, with counter-service and a full bar. Grab some quiche or scones in the morning, have a sandwich meeting at lunch (with fresh baked bread), or belly up to the bar for drinks and a killer roast chicken dish. 2640 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-870-2640, thelynhall.com
Besides being the first sake brewpub outside of Japan, moto-i has really come into its own as a Japanese izakaya with ramen, whole fish, a crazy brunch menu, and one of the more chill rooftops in town. 2940 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-821-6262, moto-i.com
Housed in Meyvn’s old space on the corner of Lake and Bryant, the newly open Minneapolis outpost of Mucci’s is bringing new twists (and a new wood-burning oven) to the Montanara-style pizzas served at the St. Paul original. Also new to the menu are a selection of gorgeous cocktails and a liquor list packed with local distilleries. 901 W Lake St., Minneapolis, 651-330-2245, muccisitalian.com/muccis-minneapolis/
Drinks and creative small plates are the name of the game at this charming spot that is a stylishly turned neighborhood gathering place. Happy hour brings an astonishing amount of snacky deals and good prices on bubbles. 2551 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-354-7060, nightingaleMinneapoliscom
Slip into this Japanese restaurant and bar after a movie at next door Lagoon and you won’t be sorry. Top notch sushi, sake, and a nice list of Japanese whiskey will help deconstruct any art house flick. 1354 Lagoon Ave., Minneapolis, 612-223-8666, origamirestaurant.com
Carved out of an old bakery spot, this wine bar feels like the Uptown Minneapolis of old, when bohemian bars gathered the cool kids for live music and light nosh. A great list of wines for a chill evening, lacking any bros. 2827 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-871-4073, troubardourwinebar.com
This global quick serve is by far one of the most exciting places to eat in the neighborhood, given that the Bangkok burrito, the Moroccan fried chicken, and the Yum Yum bowl will take you out of your rut. Don’t even try to deny yourself a stop at the next door Milkjam Creamery for Poppin' Bottles champagne sorbet or Cereal Killers ice cream with orange coriander milk and candied fruity pebbles. Plus, adult floats and a bit of wickedness known as the Jam Bun: a donut-banked ice cream sandwich with your choice of flavor. World Street Kitchen, 2743 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-424-8855, eatwsk.com; Milkjam Creamery, 2743 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-424-4668, milkjamcreamery.com
Uptown is home to some of the most vibrant restaurants and entertainment in the Upper Midwest. Uptown Minneapolis is the intersection between Minnesota’s rich history and modern-day culture. The endless array of restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues keeps Uptown just as lively at night as it is during the day.
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