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.
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.
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)
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
From Homer Simpson to your local police precinct, donuts have become a symbol of the American sweet tooth. Minneapolis has never been known for the ring shaped dessert, but all of that is beginning to change at the feet of Eat Street’s Glam Doll Donuts. Upon entering, you’ll be charmed by the diner/ beauty bar inspiried interior; one look at the selection of donuts and you’ll be completely lost. With names like “The Scream Queen” (double chocolate donut topped with carmalized bacon), “Cosmopolitan Girl” (Chocolate donut with peanut butter icing) and the “Daddy Dearest” (Surly Bender Icing & Cake); one bite will have you second guessing your current relationship. Classics like the Oreo & M&M donuts make appearances, but the “liquor fused” section is where thing’s get crazy. The Bourbon fused Apple Fritter and the Hennessy & berry filled “Night Moves” will have you wondering just how much booze is actually in them. Gourmet is probably the best word to describe the level of quality that is put into each new creation that Glam Doll cooks up, if you have an issue parting with $2-3 per donut (worth every penny); Dunkin’s (good luck) might be a better option for you. All in all, Glam Doll is probably one of the city’s best donut shops; the fact that they provide such a wide variety without sparing quality, establishes them as a local favorite.
Originally based in St. Paul, Minnesota; Phenom has grown into one of the premier street wear boutiques in the Twin Cities area. A lot of things have changed since their first store back on Shelby, they’ve collaborated with various artists on shows and they opened their new (newer) shop in Minneapolis’ trendy Uptown neighborhood just north of Calhoun Square. Phenom is one of the few clothing stores in the Twin Cities to have accounts with brands such as BBC/Ice Cream, PLAY Clothes and Diamond Supply along with an assortment of kicks of quick strike caliber. Next time you need some new threads, or even if you’re just in the Uptown area; stop by and take a look at their selection.
Rogue Citizen recently hit the streets of Uptown for a new mural off Lyndale. By the look of the video above, it took a few days to complete this dope piece, it’s definitely a welcome sight on that specific wall. Near the intersection of 22nd & Lyndale, you simply can’t miss it, check out the cool time-lapse video above.