As every state has a different time for when alcohol can no longer be served, those imbibing in Minneapolis or St. Paul will want to know that the latest a bar can stay open is 2 a.m. any night of the week.
Many watering holes and restaurants will close earlier than 2 a.m., so those seeking a late night drink will want to head to neighborhoods known for nightlife like Downtown Minneapolis, Uptown Minneapolis, and Northeast Minneapolis.
Closing time in bars in the rest of the state of Minneapolis varies according to the county. During the Super Bowl in 2018, there was a test-run allowing a select list of bars in Minneapolis to stay open until 4 a.m., but no laws have been changed as of yet.
As expected, law enforcement will be vigilant directly after closing time, so drink responsibility or better yet, make use of a taxi or ride-share service.
Some of the most popular late-night bars in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area includes:
Blue Door Pub in St. Paul: The Blue Door Pub us a laid-back place for stuffed burgers (try their version of the Juicy Lucy, the Blucy) soups, salads, and other bar fares. They serve craft beer and wine and are open until 1 a.m. every day.
Address: 1811 Selby Ave., St Paul.
Uptown Minneapolis: Filled with vintage pinball machines and arcade games from the 80s and 90s, this fun bar is open until 2 a.m. every day. They also have four classic skee-ball alleys, Nintendo 64 console gaming, life-size Jenga and Connect Four. All games cost just 25 cents. They have over 60 beers on tap and even more in bottles and cans, as well as house-made pizza by the slice.
Address: 3012 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis.
Muddy Waters: Also on Lyndale Ave. in Minneapolis, Muddy Waters is as much a restaurant and bakery as it is a bar. But they do serve liquor, beer, and wine and are open until 2 a.m. every night. They also have a late night happy hour.
Address: 2933 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis.
The Local: An Irish Pub and sports bar known for a cozy neighborhood feel. They have a late night pub menu and, earlier in the day, serve up hearty Irish fare. They are renowned as pouring the largest volume of Jameson Irish Whiskey in the world.
Address: 931 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
Texa-Tonka Lanes: Bowling and beer are the ideal combinations, and this classic establishment has been providing both as a neighborhood staple of St. Louis Park for over 30 years. The alley has its own version of happy hour that starts late: Monday through Friday from 11:00 pm until closing there are beer and well drink specials that will save you a few bucks.
Address: 8200 Minnetonka Blvd, Minneapolis
Bonus: The Minneapolis and St. Paul area has a few tasty late-night venues where you can grab a bite to eat even after the bars have closed.
At Flameburger find burgers and breakfast food 24 hours every day except Sundays— they close at 2 p.m. Vegetarians and Vegans will love the Hard Times Cafe, open until 4 a.m. For a taste of Mexico, head to Taqueria La Hacienda and enjoy the tacos al pastor 24 hours a day on Friday and Saturday.