Upton is full of character, BUT you have to know just the right spots to go. These are four vintage spots that will make you feel nostalgic for the hipster days and before. Use this itinerary for an incredible night in Uptown Minneapolis.
1.) Start at Bryant Lake Bowl, Uptown
Go early to Bryant Lake Bowl, and try to get a lane. Bryant Lake Bowl at 810 W Lake Street The place is so fun and hip, it is often hard to get to bowl. It is a legit vintage bowling alley with tons of character. Bryant Lake Bowl also has a mini theater attached with so many fun acts. Try to time it out so you can get a couple of stand up acts too. Even if you can’t bowl, grab a drink and enjoy the people watching. Uptown Minneapolis gained its fame as a hippie enclave and this hipster bar is from that era.
2.) Next, Eat at Victor’s 1959 Cafe
This is a must do restaurant in Uptown Minneapolis. Victor’s 1959 Cafe is only eight blocks directly south at 3756 Grand Ave S, and a great walk. You don’t need your car at all for this whole night, even though there is easy parking close to the cafe. Victor’s feels 100% like you are in Cuba when you eat there. The sounds, the sights, the smells, and especially the taste of the amazing Cuban food. This is such a unique place, it simply can’t be missed. They have a really big menu for such a little place, but my favorite is Picadillo a la Cubana because I love their creole sauce. Victor’s has won all kinds of awards including Best ‘Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives, for which it certainly qualifies. While there are unique restaurants in Uptown Minneapolis, nothing compares to Victor’s.
3.) Next, walk back to Up Down, Uptown Minneapolis
Up Down Arcade Bar will bring you right back to the 1970’s and 1980’s when Uptown Minneapolis was getting its groove. This arcade bar is located at 3012 Lyndale Ave S, one of the two main intersections in Uptown This is the most fun you will ever get out of five bucks in quarters. All the games are 25 cents so you can play for hours on all the games you grew up on (or you saw in the movies your parents made you watch). UP Down Arcade Bar has great pizza, and burgers, but really it’s an Uptown Minneapolis bar. Whatever you get to drink here, make sure it will go well with a Craft Cocktail at the next stop. Up Down has all of the old video games, skeeball, pinball and so much more.
4.) Last stop is Volstead’s Emporium, Uptown
Volstead’s Emporium is the coolest Speak Easy you will ever see, and of course it is in the evr creative and edgy Uptown Minneapolis. It is in the alley right behind Up Down. You have to find the door with the red light bulb over it, knock on the door and ask to come in. You are ushered to an underground lair that is right out of Prohibition. There are secret doors and secret panels, flapper girls and phone booths. You have to walk around to take in all of the incredible details. Sit down at a booth and the mirror on the wall will open and your server will appear. The cocktails and bartenders are some of the best in Uptown Minneapolis. Don’t order wine or vodka. Prohibition drinks are their specialty. If you show up on a weekend, you will usually get some great live music too.
5.) Back Home to 300 Clifton
Now that you have seen the best of Uptown, it is time to collapse onto the most comfortable beds in Minneapolis. 300 Clifton B&B is on the edge of Uptown Minneapolis and is the most unique place to stay in the Twin Cities. If you are looking for a romantic getaway, or a luxury hotel in Minneapolis, 300 Clifton Bed and Breakfast is the answer. Your stay or staycation in Minneapolis will be unforgettable. Check out this amazing Inn by clicking here.