Atmosphere and personality. Delicious burgers and drinks, a relaxing setting or a beer, a patio, and a fire pit. The West Bank has it all. Original brews, killer happy hours, great drinks–and more personality in walking distance than any other neighborhood in town. The area hosts a bustling entertainment scene but is definitely worth the trip just for a pint! Venues cater to locals and tourists alike. Eat. Drink. Have fun.

 

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.

 

Bullwinkle’s Saloon
1429 Washington Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612-338-2855
http://bullwinklesaloon.com/

Great cheap wings (3 flavors), free popcorn, and great drink specials every night of the week. Staff is very friendly. Packed during sporting events, always-great food and drink specials. Good tap selection; reasonably priced drinks, and a cool dive feel to the place. Upstairs has a nice view of the street.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Republic
221 Cedar Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612.338.6146
http://www.republicmn.com/

A corner pub unlike any other corner pub. A thoughtful, seasonal rotation of local and emerging American craft, Belgian, and German beers into 56 taps. Wine and cocktails featuring fresh-squeezed juices and infused spirits. Affordable food with REAL ingredients, simply and thoughtfully prepared using local farms and sources everywhere. Grass-fed beef is the foundation of a full burger menu, plus delicious mussels, lots of local cheese, steaks, yummy salads and some great sandwiches like slow roasted pork with a cherry compote and pickled jalepeno on a New French Bakery baguette. Everything’s made from scratch, including ketchup for the house-cut fries.

Republic’s rentable event space Aux 1 is outfitted with a built-in PA system, mics, chords, stands, a video projector, screen and Internet hook-ups for you to use for your next event, independent movie screening, Skype chat, slide show, presentation or whatever you need it for.

 

The Corner Bar
1501 Washington Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612.339.4333
www.thecornerbar.net

Pizza and American food. Specialties include pizzas, appetizers, and burgers. Full bar. Seasonal outdoor seating on the best sidewalk patio in Minneapolis. The perfect place for lunch (or your next birthday party). Comedy Corner Underground is on Friday and Saturday nights showcasing the best comics from the Twin Cities.

 

Town Hall Grill & Brewery
1430 Washington Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612.339.8696
www.townhallbrewery.com

A nostalgic, brewpub atmosphere with vintage photographs and a tin ceiling. The on-site brewed beer is the highlight. A patio rivals the best patios in town. A popular spot for midday lunches as well as post-class gatherings. The “Pint Club” offers discounts and occasional special events. All about having a good drink, a good bite and a good conversation. Try the Oatmeal Beer – an awesome dark brew. Good place for groups. Specialties include nachos, pasta, burgers, and assorted entrees, plus an abundance of house-brewed beers and ales.

 

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.

 

Viking Bar
1829 Riverside Ave

 

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

The Cabooze’s little brother, with live music nearly 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.