MPLS

A Husker Fan’s Guide to Minneapolis

Are you making the trek to Minneapolis this weekend to watch the Huskers take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers? If so, you may be wondering about things to do while in town.

Most likely, you already have a place to stay. It’s all the other little details that may have yet to be planned. Hail Varsity is here to help. From the best bars to places you must eat, Minneapolis is filled with things for Husker fans to do outside of Saturday’s game.

Best Bars

Gasthof Zur Gemütlichkeit

2300 University Ave NE

Minneapolis, MN 55418

612.781.3860

Hours

Sun – Tues Closed

Wed – Thurs 5pm-1am

Fri – Sat 4pm-2am

The name of the joint literally translates to a guest house and that’s what Gasthof aims for. They want every patron to walk in and feel like a guest. It’s not hard to do either. Friday and Saturday nights are the best time to head to Gasthof too. Live polka music keeps the place going from 8pm-12am, followed by a DJ for the remainder or the night. They boast ‘Das Boot,’ something fun for a group to partake in. Otherwise, stop by. You’re bound to run into plenty of other Husker fans who highly recommend this place.

Kieran’s Irish Pub

85 6th St N

Minneapolis, MN 55403

612.339.4499

Hours

Sun – Mon 11am-12am

Tues – Thurs 11am-1am

Fri – Sat 11am-2am

It’s your traditional Irish bar. From the food to the beers on tap, they stick to the tried and true. With daily specials, this would be a good place to stop by Friday evening. It’s too bad they don’t open earlier on Saturday, but the Saturday Bloody Mary special sounds great. Really, it’s the experience of the joint that sells it. If you’re into Irish bars, Kieran’s won’t disappoint.

Nye’s Polonaise Room

112 Hennepin Avenue East

Minneapolis, MN 55414

612.379.2021

Hours

Mon – Thurs 4pm-2am

Fri – Sat 11am-2am

Closed Sunday

USA Today has named it a place you won’t forget. Esquire Magazine has named it one of the best bars in the country. Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives has visited, as well as Good Morning America and other Food Network shows. Basically, Nye’s Polonaise Room is the place to go. Claiming they have the “World’s Most Dangerous Polka Band,” locals recommend coming later in the evening and posting up at the piano bar. There’s free live music nightly, so it’s always guaranteed to be a good time. Plus, who doesn’t love a good piano bar?

Best Dining

Matt’s Bar

3500 Cedar Ave. S

Minneapolis, MN 55407

612.722.7072 or 612.729.9936

Hours

Sun – Wed 11am-midnight (grill until 10:45pm)

Thurs – Sat 11am-1am (grill until 11:45pm)

Home of the Jucy Lucy, nearly every Hail Varsity reader recommended this as a place to go. If that’s not a recommendation, I don’t know what is. Stop by post-game or Friday night when getting into town. You won’t be disappointed.

The Bachelor Farmer

50 North 2nd Avenue

Minneapolis, MN 55401

612.206.3920

Hours

Mon – Thurs 5:30-9:30pm

Fri – Sat 5:50-10:30pm

Sun 10am-9:30pm

Simple and fresh, The Bachelor Farmer grows its own produce on the roof of the restaurant. The menu, as they state on their website, “changes daily, weekly and seasonally.” While the dinner menu is good, the Sunday brunch is the must-try. Plan to stop Sunday morning before hitting the road. They accept reservations, so not a bad idea to plan ahead.

112 Eatery

112 North 3rd Street

Minneapolis, MN 55401

612.343.7696

Hours

Mon – Thurs 5pm-Midnight

Fri – Sat 5pm-1am

Sunday 5pm-10pm

The so-claimed “king of late-night dining” in downtown Minneapolis has a reputation that this is the place other restaurant chef’s go to after their shifts. Makes sense, too. Looking at 112 Eatery’s list of awards, they’ve made quite the impression in the community over time. The menu definitely has a “fancier” feel, but there are still your tried and true cheeseburgers, french fries and ice cream if you are not feeling too adventurous. They recommend reservations but if you want a late-night dining experience, 112 Eatery is it.

Keys at the Foshay

114 South 9th Street

Minneapolis, MN 55402

612.339.6399

Hours

Mon – Fri 6:30am-10pm

Sat 7am-10pm

Sun 8am-10pm

Not tailgating before the game? Then Keys at the Foshay is your place. From their award winning breakfast to their highly recommended Bloody Marys, this is the place to go to get you ready for game day. Don’t want to sit in the restaurant? Not to worry because Keys at the Foshay has pickup and delivery services.

Best Entertainment

Dinkytown

If you’re looking for the college experience, Dinkytown is it. Located on the north side of the University of Minnesota campus, this area is filled with restaurants, bars and boutiques.

The college students are truly what have made Dinkytown what it is, so just be aware that the crowd does tend to skew younger. This area is similar to what you’d expect from Lincoln’s O Street.

It also boasts quick places to eat, like McDonald’s, China Express and Jimmy John’s if you need something while you’re out and about. Otherwise, Dinkytown down have some good places to stop and eat. A recommendation would be Mesa Pizza. With pizza by the slice until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays, you can’t go wrong.

Uptown

The Uptown area of Minneapolis is a popular commercial district in the southwestern part of the city. Spanning a few neighborhoods, there is a lot to do in this space.

From Chino Latino to the Uptown Tavern and Rooftop, most places in Uptown go from restaurants by day to bars by night. The area isn’t filled with college students either, so if you’re looking for a slightly older crowd, Uptown offers that. The crowds are still younger, but think ‘young professionals.’

It’s a shame Cowboy Slim’s closed up shop in Uptown, as it provided a great place to people watch. Instead, Cowboy Slim’s has moved downtown and now goes by Cowboy Jack’s.

A personal recommendation if headed to Uptown is to stake out a spot on the roof of Stella’s. It’s odd that it’s a fish café by day, but the drinks are great and the ability to watch people on the street is even better. Find a table on the parameters of the rooftop and enjoy. It might be a little cold, but they should have heaters. Just bring a coat.

Walker Art Center

1750 Hennepin Avenue

Minneapolis, MN 55403

612.375.7600

Chances are you’ve seen someone take a photo with the giant cherry on the giant spoon while visiting Minneapolis. If you’ve yet to see it yourself, you may have no idea where to find it. Well, it’s located in the outdoor sculpture gardens of the Walker Art Center. The weather is supposed to be a little mild this weekend in Minneapolis, so as long as you’re bundled up, the outdoor gardens are doable. Plus, you can get a photo with the giant cherry and spoon.

Mall of America

60 East Broadway

Bloomington, MN 55425

I hate myself for putting this on the list, but it sort of has to be here. Chances are, whether you’ve been to Minneapolis before or not, you know about Mall of America. The thing is, while nothing unique to the area, it is still worth seeing, especially if you’ve never been before. If you have kids, you can easily tire them out walking around the mall. If you’re like me and love to shop, this is basically heaven. At least stop by on your drive in to the city. There is an IKEA across the parking lot, too.

Visit One of the Lakes

Again, it’s not going to be exactly the nicest of weather this weekend but it’s not supposed to rain. That makes visiting the various lakes doable, especially if you’re looking for a good running place.

Blur Parties Minnesota – Dedicated Nebraska Party
McNamara Alumni Center (Gateway Plaza)
200 SE Oak Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(Across the street from TCF Bank Stadium)

Saturday, October 26th
Tailgate opens at 7am
Closes at end of game

Need a place to go before the game on Saturday? Then stop by the best Husker tailgating destination with Blur Parties! With both indoor and outdoor space, it’s the perfect place to be to prepare to celebrate a Husker victory. Plus, it’s located right across the street from TCF Bank Stadium so location is perfect. Don’t miss a chance to see Hail Varsity and many other Husker fans!

No matter what you do this weekend, the important thing is to have fun. There are plenty of things to do in Minneapolis. And don’t forget to wear red and be loud. Husker fans are known to travel and this weekend will be no exception.