The West Bank is home to a diverse set of clubs, bars and performance spaces with the largest concentration of music venues between Chicago and the West Coast. The soul of the West Bank is the energized music scene. Eclectic shows might bring blues fans one night, hippies and punks the next. Hear local hip hop, experience the latest in emerging artists, or explore the historic folk scene, chances are you’ll not only find what you’re looking for but also discover something new.

 

Acadia Café
329 Cedar Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612.874.8702
www.acadiacafe.com

On the corner of Cedar and Riverside Avenues this pub serves up live music and good food. The full bar pours a diverse range of specialty beers (28 on tap and 40+ bottles) while the full kitchen serves up burgers and sandwiches, heck you can even get an espresso with dessert. Entertainment includes an eclectic mix of all original music with unique events such as “Back Alley Blues”- an outdoor patio showcase of local talents on a stage built of wood pallets and plywood… good stompin’! Great Beer. Great Food. Great staff.

 

Cabooze Music Club
917 Cedar Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612) 338-6425
www.cabooze.com

Bikers gather for a tall boy PBR, call the no-nonsense bartenders by name and come for progressive rock music on the weekends. The Cabooze has live music almost every night of the week. This is a biker blues bar in the West Bank neighborhood. A good mix of people here, a lot of bikers, the dreadlocks crowd, students, musicians, and just anybody out for a good time and live music.

 

Cadillac Kolstad
501 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55454
http://www.cadillackolstad.com/
http://www.facebook.com/cadillackolstad

Cadillac Kolstad and his Minneapolis-based band are an american roots group that emphasizes boogie-woogie piano based jazz and rock & roll influences from up and down the Mississippi River. Cadillac and the band strive to keep Minneapolis’ West Bank, the same neighborhood made famous by the likes of John Koerner, Willie Murphy and Bob Dylan, rich music tradition alive. Performing at venues ranging from music festivals to radio & TV programs to your favorite hole in the wall club, the band is versatile and professional. Combining Cadillac Kolstad’s pounding piano with upright bass, drums and saxaphone, the band takes a fresh approach to classic American dance music. Drawing heavily upon generations of music history for their palette, the band melts down roots, rhythm & blues into a unified sound that is pure Americana.

Come out to a show and see for yourself!

 

Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612.338.2674
www.thecedar.org

A highly eclectic music venue located in the vibrant West Bank district of Minneapolis. Renowned for hosting some of the best acts in folk, blues, jazz, indie rock and world music in an intimate space we are a non-profit, largely volunteer-driven organization and welcomes your support to promote inter-cultural appreciation and understanding through the presentation of global music and dance. The Cedar is committed to artistic excellence and integrity, diversity of programming, support for emerging artists, and community outreach. Our state-of-the-art sound system provides excellent sound quality anywhere within the 465-seat capacity hall, Most concerts offer general admission, concert-style seating in comfortable padded chairs, with space for dancers around the perimeter.

 

Nomad World Pub
501 Cedar Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612.338.6424
www.nomadpub.com

Travel the World and Never Leave Your Barstool! The Nomad World Pub is a great place for beer, bocce ball, soccer, live music, and just to hang out. One of the best beer selections in the Twin cities, with great taps and an extensive bottle list with an emphasis on Belgians and craft beers. Outdoor bocce ball courts that are free to use and two great patios to relax the night away. Challenge yourself and friends during Monday Pub Trivia with 2 for 1s all night. Live music with a focus on local and emerging artists.

 

Palmers Bar
500 Cedar Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612) 333-7625
www.palmersbar.net

The ultimate unpretentious and awesome eclectic dive bar. Drinks come strong and the personalities are even stronger. Frequented by die-hard locals to hipster college students. Bartenders are always friendly. You may find yourself in the middle of a heated discussion on just about anything. Hamms on tap. Try a Jameson up. It’s the real deal. No pretenses just an honest neighborhood bar with an edge. Live music and the best juke box in Minneapolis.

 

Red Sea Bar & Restaurant
320 Cedar Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612.333.1644
www.redseaclub.com

A famed bar and nightlife club in the Twin cities with an international crowd and ethnic food. Live music. Friendly service and a fully stocked bar. Music focuses predominately on reggae, world beat, and hip hop. Food, Music. Drinks.

 

Ted Man Concert Hall
2128 S. 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612-624-2345
https://music.umn.edu/about/facilities/tedmann

Poised atop the bluffs of the Mississippi River, the magnificent Ted Mann Concert Hall plays perfect host to a wide variety of cultural, corporate and educational events. Located in the thriving West Bank Arts Quarter and easily accessible from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul.

 

Triple Rock Social Club
629 Cedar Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612.333.7399
www.triplerocksocialclub.com

Spirits and Cold Beer, Hot Food. Live music almost every night. Best bar food in Minneapolis. Staff is amazing. Nice tap selection. Good jukebox. But the food, oh the food. Offering vegetarian/vegan dishes in addition to standard bar fare. Check out the amazing Sunday brunch. Generous pours, good jukebox selection, and regular dancing are all excellent reasons check it out. A great sound system. National and local acts. A favorite place to see shows in the city.

 

West Bank School of Music
1813 S. 6th St
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612.333.6651
www.westbankmusic.org

The first music school in Minneapolis founded specifically to address the need for music education in popular and roots music styles like blues, jazz, folk, rock and roll, R & B, Celtic, and country. A gathering place for acclaimed folk and roots artists of the 1970s such as Bonnie Raitt, Spider John Koerner, Willie Murphy, and Dave Ray who came here to jam and socialize. Free public concerts, workshops, demonstrations, and school and community outreach programs.

 

Whiskey Junction
901 Cedar Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612.338.9550
www.thewhiskeyjunction.com

The Cabooze’s little brother, where there’s never a cover and live music every night. The Whiskey tends toward local blues and rhythm and blues acts. Nothing fancy. A lot of regulars here. A decent beer selection. Serves breakfast on weekends. Serves pizza until 2 AM. Pool tables and a good happy hour special. Take a gander at the music calendar online.