The corner of Lyndale Avenue and Lake Street has gone through quite the transformation over the last few years. The new Country Bar, Iron Door Pub, and Lyn-Lake Brewery have breathed life into what was beginning to look like one of the southside’s biggest question marks. If you remember Rusty Quarters, 1Up, or any of the other failed attempts at arcade bars, you know that the people over at the newly established Up-Down are definitely on to something.
The bar feels like an arcade first which is a great thing, they offer a wide array of games including pineball, jumbo jenga and ski-ball. You’ll see plenty of your favorites like The Simpsons, Off-Road, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and NBA JAM, but there are also plenty of gems in their collection. If you came for the booze you wont be disappointed, Up-Down offers around 60 taps as well as a full bar. Food? They have a small kitchen that serves up pizza by the slice, not mind blowing but definitely a good filler between pints. Pinball aficionados might scoff at the limited selection, but you’d be hard pressed to find a better one in the cities. Be aware that this place can get packed during evening hours and over the weekend, if you’re there to play you should aim for week days or earlier hours.
Up-Down is by far the best “barcade” I’ve ever been to in the Twin Cities, there is plenty of room for improvement, but there really isn’t much to complain about either. If you follow our advice on when to attend you should be good, click the link below for their official website.
The good people from Phenom recently dropped some serious heat with their new “Killa Bees” tee. Paying homage to one of the greatest hip hop groups of all time, the Wu-Tang Clan, the tee celebrates their off shoot albums in collaboration with a wide range of affiliates. The Wu-Tang Killa Bees was an all-star team of producers and MCs, the tee also shouts out the Wu’s first album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). A nice addition to anyone’s wardrobe, especially with summer on the way; you can buy yours now for $32 via Phenom’s web-store.
The bar scene in Minneapolis is currently undergoing a huge transformation. Chic rooftops and trendy lounges have began popping up everywhere leaving a stark contrast in many of the city’s neighborhoods. Take Mortimer’s for example, a sleepy, game filled “Dive” with 3 separate bars and TV’s everywhere vs. Moto I; a swanky Japanese style sake brewery and lounge (yes it has a rooftop). Both of these places are awesome in their own way and for separate occasions, but if I’m just trying to knock back a couple of brews, I’m taking Mortimer’s all day. Serving up some damn good burgers, cheese curds and 2 for 1 drinks just about all day; Mortimer’s is a great place to kick back and watch the Vikes or simply get wasted for the low (Pregame!!). All in all this place is a cool bar with crazy drink specials and awesome games, if you’re looking for a chill place to have a brew in Uptown; look no further.
(P.S: This place attracts patrons of all types, beware some are less than cordial)
Before Eat Street was well…..Eat Street, The Bad Waitress stood prominently at the corner of 26th & Nicollet as a sign of things to come. As the strip grew (Icehouse, Eat Street Social, Black Sheep etc) The Bad Waitress maintained it’s glory as the areas go-to diner. Minneapolis’ Whittier neighborhood has always been known for it’s wide range of international eats, Thai & Chinese places sit side by side with Mexican & Middle Eastern eateries; while The Bad Waitress embodies the American diner style of restaurant. As with most diners, cool nostalgic posters, toys & records from America’s past adorn every wall; giving you plenty to look at while waiting and eating. Setting itself apart from other diners in Minneapolis, The Bad Waitress strictly buys local; assuring you that everything you eat was in fact produced in the great state of Minnesota. Another cool touch is the comic book & monster themed tables (The Invisible Girl table is primo) that allow for super quick service, our food was laid before us in what felt like one blink of the eye. With all of the great things that can be said about The Bad Waitress, i did leave with 1 pretty insignificant gripe. Other breakfast places like My Kitchen, Uptown Diner & Mickey’s offer more bang for your buck, we know ridiculously large portions are now frowned upon; but when you’re hungover and in need of a monster meal, having to order twice can be dissappointing. All in all, The Bad Waitress is a great place to eat with great service and a cool atmosphere (prime location); however, if you find yourself looking for a feast on a budget, you may want to look elsewhere.
Last weekend, we got the chance to stop by Legacy Glassworks in Minneapolis’ Lyn-Lake neighborhood and lets just say we enjoyed what we saw. Their space sits right off the corners of Lake and Lyndale, a growing intersection which has seen somewhat of a transformation over the last few years. Upon entering the store the first thing we noticed was the vast amount of artwork displayed all over the room, not too much clutter, just a TON of local glass work and artwork. Artisanal wares from necklaces to paintings, to glass pipes to beads, this place has it all at decent prices. The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable, one thing that set this place a notch above others in my book. Word around town is that they even offer glassblowing classes from time to time. Whether your stopping in for something economical or looking to make an investment in a piece of artwork, they’ve got you covered; check out some of the pics above and click the link below for their official website.
This weekend is looking like a glorious one for anyone in the Twin Cities. Not only will we celebrate the life of the late great Prince, Record Store Day festivities will also be plentiful across the metro. One of the more notable RSD events is Fifth Element/Rhymesayer’s annual sale at their headquarters in Uptown. This year they’ll be offering 20% of select vinyls and up to 50% off select CDs, they will also have a boat load of merch and used vinyl to dig through. If that wasn’t enough, there will also be live sets from DJ Keezy, Destiny Roberts, Nazeem & Spencer Joles, and DJ Just Nine. This event is free and open to all ages, make sure to come early if you’re serious about scoring some of the hotter deals.
The city of Minneapolis is known for many things: Jucy Lucy’s, snow, Funkytown, Lakes but street wear shops are not one of them. Sure the city has it’s classic shoe stores like Robert’s (now closed) on Lake or Freidman’s off Broadway, but the true boutiques are few and far between. The good guys at Studiiyo 23 are trying to change that one step at a time. Located in Minneapolis’ Uptown area at the top of “The Wedge”, Studiiyo 23 has quickly risen the ranks to become one of the city’s premier street wear boutiques. As the name reads, the shop has a strong focus on Air Jordan’s but provides a fine selection of other brands including Obey, FreshJive & Artful Dodger; just to name a few. They also take consignments providing some of the rarest kicks for you true sneaker hunters. Getting fresh in the city of lakes may still be a struggle, but Studiiyo 23 is here to ease the pain, if you’re ever off Hennepin; stop in and check out their selection.
Legendary Chicago pizzeria, Giordano’s, is NOW OPEN in Minneapolis. The restaurant has taken up shop at 2700 Hennepin, exciting news for pizza lovers…Not so much for Green Mill. As a former Chicagoan, I’d argue that Giordano’s is far from Chicago’s best; but it will definitely fill the void for those looking to go big on pizza. They were insanely busy their first couple of weeks with wait times exceeding 2 hours for delivery (had to try), but business should be settled to a manageable pace by now. Click the link below to check out their official website.
Minneapolis has a good group of graffiti artists emerging. The guys at 4DK, especially Wundr, are taking over the streets. Whether it’s Uptown, Loring, Dinkytown, or even random sewers and trails; neighborhoods are being hit hard. I’m not sure when everything began, but over the last year, we definitely have noticed their presence. With Wundr’s cartoony-illustrations and unique placements of his signature Wundr birds; he has gained a lot of attention throughout the city. These are just a few pics that I thought captured his work. Just look at the colors and shading, the dude is legitimate.
Check out his website and buy a painting – Support Local