Hit the Town: 4 Things to Do in Uptown Minneapolis

Minneapolis, MinnesotaWhether you’re enduring a freeze or a flurry of flora, Uptown Minneapolis is the perfect place to explore in every season. Here are 4 things you can’t miss in this marvelous Midwestern neighborhood.

  1. Once Upon a Crime Mystery Books

Lovers of true crime and classic whodunnits alike shouldn’t miss this little underground bookshop in the heart of Uptown. Peruse the 800-square-foot front room loaded with everything from perennial bestsellers to local authors. If you don’t mind a little dust, ask about the bookstore’s annex, where you’ll find vintage copies and first editions of more favorites.

  1. Icehouse MPLS

A place just as famed for its boozy brunch as its music venue, Icehouse will satisfy your cravings for food or fun seven days a week. Small plates, craft cocktails, and a warm industrial-chic feel make this the perfect stop in Uptown, whether early morning or late night. Stop by this fixture on Nicollet Avenue South.

  1. Liquor Lyle’s

This dive-y destination on Hennepin is home to a vintage diner feel and grub to match. Watch the game every Sunday and Thursday with burgers and Uptown’s biggest beer selection, play arcade classics in the small game room in the back, and enjoy the wide variety of music you’ll find on the Lyle’s jukebox. The adventurous can also stop by for the ever-entertaining Drag Queen Bingo night.

  1. Uptown Theater

More than just a movie theater, Uptown Theatre is a historic venue that hosts all kinds of features for the cinema aficionado. It was originally opened in 1916 as the Lagoon Theater, received its current moniker in 1929, and was rebuilt after a fire in 1938. Today it shows foreign and art films, as well as late-night cult films for those who love an underrated classic.


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