Going to a Minnesota Twins baseball game? If you want to have some drinks or grab a bite before or after the game, there are some great bars and restaurants near Target Field in downtown Minneapolis. Traffic is likely to be heavy before and after games, so try waiting it out while relaxing at one of these establishments.
Target Field is adjacent to entertainment and nightlife in the Warehouse District and the lively North Loop area. Washington Avenue has many options, especially east of the stadium in the North Loop neighborhood. Also, check out places on First and Hennepin avenues. The following are some great recommendations.
Bars and Restaurants in North Loop/Washington Avenue
Pizza: Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza has both simple or extravagant pizza and perhaps the best crust in the Twin Cities.
Fine Dining: Bar La Grassa serves Italian food that will fill you up so much, you might not even want a hot dog after. Almost.
Sports Bar: The Loop Bar isn't a sports bar per se, but the big-screen TVs and party atmosphere mean that it will be one when the Twins are playing. Sunday brunch is served if you're going to an afternoon game. After night games, check out the live DJs playing music on Fridays and Saturdays.
Bar: Cuzzy's Bar is a dive bar that's long been a local favorite. Check out its wings, breakfast burritos, and Bloody Marys.
Late Night: Clubhouse Jäger was established in 1906, making it Minneapolis' oldest bar. This hipster favorite has kitsch baroque decor and DJs spinning tunes after dark. Vegetarian and vegan options are available as are bacon, wings, and corned beef.
Bars and Restaurants in the Warehouse District, First Avenue/Hennepin Avenue
Pizza: Pizza Lucé makes some seriously good, award-winning pizza. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available. Also, check out one of its many deli-style or Parmigiana hoagies.
Fine Dining: 112 Eatery serves expensive but oh-so-good modern cooking. The food prepared by award-winning chefs is the perfect compliment to box seats at Target Field. Specialties include cauliflower fritters stringozzi with lamb.
Family Dining: Glueks' Restaurants and Bar, a local institution since 1934, has American and German food and beer, plus a kids' menu. It specializes in brats and has gluten-free options. Stick around for live local and national bands.
Sports Bar: City Works is a sports bar that has more than 90 craft beers including local brews. It emphasizes contemporary American food made from scratch with premium ingredients. Check out is filet mignon sliders and ribs.
Bar: O'Donovan's is an authentic, fun Irish pub and restaurant near Target Field. It's the states first Irish pub and was built in Ireland and shipped to Minneapolis. Suggested menu items include colcannon mashed potatoes or potato pancakes, fish and chips and stout-based beef stew.
Late Night: The Loon Cafe is more of a bar. It's often packed with sports fans until late. It offers drink specials during Twins games if you're not actually inside Target Field. Try one of its award-winning chilies.