Location: 1429 Washington Avenue S, Minneapolis When: Saturday, February 3rd @ 9PM
Super Bowl week is upon us and by now it’s apparent that most of the festivities will be closed off to the average Minnesotan. Have no fear, the homies from Gold Culture have us all covered with a pre-party at Bullwinkle’s in Minneapolis’ West Bank neighborhood. The event will feature DJ Low and Rowsheen on the 1s & 2s, as well as a plethora of special guests who will drop in throughout the night. This one is 21+ and the door is FREE from 9-10pm ($3 from 10pm-4am, click the link below for more info.
Location: 755 Prior Avenue N, St. Paul When: Saturday, January 27th @ 9PM
Can Can Wonderland has established itself as a legit place to check out local music of all varieties. This Saturday, they will host a hip hop showcase, aptly dubbed “Local Dope Sh*t.” The event features a healthy lineup of local mainstays and up & comers including Will Robinson, Kihndyn Peters, Axel Foley, and JaySoCreative to name a few. For those looking for a little more, there will also be a burlesque show on the main stage. This show is 21+ and the door is only $2, click the link below for more information.
Location: 701 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Wednesday, January 3rd @ 8PM
Tomorrow, GainesFM will kick the year off with a headlining show at First Avenue’s 7th Street Entry. The event features a lineup packed with heavy hitters including UJU, Baby Shel, Velvo, and Pilot Jonny; rounding out what should be a great night. This show will also serve a good cause, as every penny of the proceeds will be donated to a friend of FreeMinds ENT who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. This show is 18+ and tickets are still available for only $8, click the link below to buy yours now.
Darren Sipity is one of Minnesota’s better pure MCs with a propensity for quick witted wordplay and slick metaphors. A few days back he sent us his new track “Shinaab Faces” which came as a pleasant surprise. Produced by Musikal, Sipity rides the laid back instrumental with heavy doses of introspection, reminiscing about times passed. A good one to kick back and roll one up to, check out “Shinaab Faces” above and stay tuned for more from Darren Sipity.
Decent burger joints are not dime a dozen. Sure, you can grab any old burger just about anywhere, but a quality patty with quality ingredients surrounding it isn’t always the easiest find. Over the last few years, Red Cow restaurants have began to make their mark in neighborhoods across the Twin Cities, one visit and you’ll understand exactly why. At their downtown location, rustic meets trendy decor envelops the dining room, kind of awkward at first; but really easy to get passed, especially when the food arrives. The proscuitto topped Barcelona and the bacon filled 60/40 are my favorites, but the Ahi Tuna and Vegey burgers are great, healthier options. The restaurant walks a tight wire, the dining room is perfect for date night, while the not so far bar doubles as a solid back drop for a few early drinks with friends. I can only imagine this location becoming even more crowded as the North Loop and Saint Anthony Main neighborhoods continue into full scale gentrification, but you can bet they will ALL be fed well. Cost comes with quality and location, this is not your $5 corner burger joint, but I assure you that your $12 will not be spent in vain. Check one of their locations out for yourself, click the link below for more information.
Location: 920 E Lake Street #123, Minneapolis Hours:Sun-Thurs: Noon-10PM, Fri-Sat: Noon-11PM
The Twin Cities are currently going through quite the wave of gentrification. Almost everywhere you look across both cities, working class and art based neighborhoods are being transformed into higher end enclaves for the fortunate. One look around Uptown, Lowertown, Northeast, the North Loop, or Dinkytown neighrboods will quickly confirm this. Low and behold, the southside’s Phillip’s West & Powderhorn neighrborhoods remain relatively unscathed by the ever-reaching arms of gentrication.
East Lake street still stands as one of Minneapolis’ most diverse stretches, many of these qualities converge at the Midtown Global Market on Chicago Avenue. A world’s fair of sorts, the market doesn’t initially come off as a good place for a brewery; all fears were quelled upon arrival. Most breweries don’t have an abundance of food options for their patrons, this in turn makes the Midtown Global Market the perfect place for a brewery. The guys keep a solid rotation of beers on tap as well as bombers; the Blue Liner, Pomegranate Sassy, and Kirby Sour all being top notch. The space feels bright and warm, with yellow accents and all wood everything. I also like the fact that this taproom has TVs unlike a lot of the other spots around town, they also offer a few arcade games tucked away in the back. Throw in a spacious sidewalk patio on Lake Street and you’ve got a place that’s hard to resist, especially for beer drinkers who want to steer away from the hustle & bustle of some of the more crowded taprooms.
East Lake Brewery might not have the glitz and glam, but they do offer good beers in a comfortable environment. The fact that they have access to such an abundance of awesome food really sets this place apart in my book. East Lake isn’t a “place to be seen” per say, but a place to gather with friends over some damn good food and damn good beer. Check it out for yourself and make sure to keep an eye out for more from the guys at East Lake Brewery.
Location: 501 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis Hours: Mon-Fri: 4PM-2AM, Sat-Sun: 8AM-2AM
In recent years, Minneapolis’ West Bank has begun the transformation from a place often overlooked, into a bustling, multi-cultural strip with plenty of cool bars, good restaurants and venues to enjoy live music. One such bar/venue is the Nomad World Pub, which is located just across from Palmer’s; a couple of blocks from the Triple Rock. In addition to a constant rotation of live acts, the Nomad offers bocce ball, pinball (brand new) and even curling in the winter, along with a separate patio complete with a fire pit. Drink specials like 2 for 1s and the good ole’ prefix (PBR & shot) are offered pretty much every night and the music is always on point whether it’s rock, hip hop, soul or a DJ spinning. The Nomad is often at that perfect capacity, not too packed, but far from empty, however; there always seems to be a random influx or two throughout any night, probably due to it’s location between so many other bars. If you’re into futbol, the Nomad is one of the best places in town to catch a match in peace, and game days are usually accompanied with extra specials. All in all, the Nomad World Pub is a great bar to kick back a few brews and enjoy some good local music, they always have good beers on tap and they consistently book quality bands/artists. If you’re ever on the West Bank in search of a place to drink, stop by the Nomad and check out what they have to offer.
Greenroom Magazine and Red Bull continue their Sound Select series with yet another stellar event. This time around they will bring the legendary Kelis to Minneapolis along with opening acts; Leikeli47 and Milk (Rupaul’s Drag Race). This one is 18+ and tickets are ONLY $5 w/ an RSVP via Red Bull ($15 w/o). Just to be clear, your RSVP does not guarantee entrance into the show, you’ll have to get to the venue early if you want to ensure your spot. Click the link below to RSVP.
Location: 505 N 3rd St, Minneapolis When: Saturday, October 28th @ Noon
Modist Brewing has garnered their fair share of awards and accolades over the course of their short tenure. One of their more highly anticipated releases is their annual “Lord Humungus” Imperial Rye Stout. “Borne from the blood and fire of the Wasteland,” this year’s version is made from more than 53% Malted Rye, Chocolate Rye, and Caramel Rye, clocking in at just under 12%. These will only be available at Noon in very limited quantities leading into the evening’s Halloween festivities. The night will feature live performances from Chalk, Black Widows, BloodnStuff, and Savage Aural Hotbed, all for the price of $5. Make sure to get there early if you plan on buying a bottle of Lord Humungus, click the link below for more information.
Location: 2920 Talmage Ave SE, Minneapolis When: Saturday, November 4th @ 9PM
The Blockfort is becoming a go to spot for artists looking to engage their fan bases in a more intimate setting. They’ve had consistently solid lineups and their next event continues that trend. The night will feature performances from Lex Allen, Nick Jordan, Mixie D Best, and Gabriella Jacobs, don’t be surprised if you see a special guest or two throughout the night. Tickets for this one are still available for $7 ($10 @ door), click the link below to buy yours now.