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Twin Cities Night Owl Survival Guide

18 Late night dining destinations, mapped

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Tacos are always a good idea late night - and these ones at Centro are fantastic.
| Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

There is way too much fun to be had out there to wind down the night near 8 p.m. Grab a crew of friends or settle in for a quiet after hour meal with classic diner fare, piles of pasta, fried chicken sandwiches or a fancy burger.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Nightingale

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2551 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 354-7060
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This dimly-lit and crowd-pleasing establishment is a great way to impress a date or to end the night with friends. Nightingale serves the full dinner menu until 1 a.m., 7 glorious days a week. Happy hour with food and drink specials goes from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. 

An aviation for cruising into the night
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2. Pat's Tap

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3510 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 822-8216
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This gastropub spotlights a voluminous beer-by-the-can list, food, cocktails and - skee bal. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., the food menu until 1 a.m. Snacks include house-made ‘cheese its’, fried pickles or a shareable pig out plate. Happy hour runs Sunday through Thursday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

An industry hang-out
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3. The Nicollet Diner

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1428 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 399-6258
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Located a few blocks form Loring Park this bustling diner open 24 hours and 365 days a year. Expect classics like chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy, eggs Benedict, poutine and burgers. And unlike most Minnesota diners this one has a full bar featuring on-tap cocktails, margaritas, daiquiris and spiked milkshakes served from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily.

Safety from a looming hangover
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4. Parlour

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730 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 354-3135
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Home to an iconic burger in Minneapolis, this just below street level bar keeps serving those burgers, and more, until midnight.

A skinny burger on a buttery bun with white cheese
An icon of the burger world
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5. Nighthawks Diner & Bar

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3753 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 248-8111
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All the decadent late-night cravings are answered here with everything from killer wings, a serious burger, cheese curds and the positively insane volcano fries. Open until 1am most days and serving a late night happy hour starting at 10pm.

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6. 112 Eatery

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112 N 3rd St
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 343-7696
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This Warehouse District restaurant run by James Beard Award winning chef Isaac Becker has become a classic, due in no small part to the late night dining options. Fans swear by the decadent burger and a simply perfect fried egg sandwich.

The window at 112
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7. Spoon and Stable

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211 N 1st St
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 224-9850
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Gavin Kaysen’s first North Loop restaurant remains bustling and not always easy to breeze into - that is until later at night when the first-come bar seats start to open up. Slide in and order some of the elegant snacks. The bar menu is served until midnight.

8. Bardo

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222 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 886-8404
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Remy Pettus’ Hennepin Avenue restaurant appeals to folks in the hospitality industry with a late night menu featuring an insane chicken sandwich and a kitchen that stays open every night until midnight. Plus, the restaurant is open late nights on Monday.

The curved booth and art deco style bar area
The bar overlooking Hennepin Avenue
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9. Taco Taxi

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1511 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 722-3293
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There’s nothing better than digging into a warm taco in the wee hours. Taco Taxi on East Lake Street is a fantastic stop any time its open, but somehow, these affordable bites go down even better in the dead of night. Served until 2 a.m. weekdays and 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

10. Centro at Popol Vuh

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1414 Quincy St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 345-5527
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Tacos and late nights are a match made in heaven. Stop by for the tender barbacoa or outstanding nopales tacos with a side of mezcal slushie. Open until 11 pm on weekdays and 1 am on weekends, this restaurant is run by Eater Twin Cities’ chef of the year 2018, Jose Alarcon.

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11. ie - Italian Eatery

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4724 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 223-8504
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This Italian haven in South Minneapolis specializes in made-in-house pasta. The main room is boisterous most nights. Dinner is served Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday until 11:30 p.m. and Saturday until 12:30 a.m.

Inside the Easy Elegance of Nokomis' i.e. - Italian Eatery
A Nokomis neighborhood favorite
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12. Hi-Lo Diner

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4020 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 353-6568
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The lights stay on until midnight and this gorgeous, vintage diner car on East Lake Street. Hi-Tops are kind of a hole-less doughnut situation served with all manner of sweet/savory toppings like fried chicken, gravy and a decent dose of maple syrup. There are malts and coffee for the well behaved and stiff cocktails for the wicked among us.

Eater Scene: 3:30 PM on Tuesday at the Hi-Lo Diner
There’s a full bar in this diner car
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13. Mickey's Dining Car

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36 7th St W
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 698-0259
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There’s zero booze here and great diner fare: perfect for a last minute stop after everything else has shut down. Mickey’s is open in downtown St. Paul 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

14. Handsome Hog

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203 6th St E
St Paul, MN 55101
(651) 340-7710
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This hip, bourbon-stocked Lowertown restaurant is the work of Justin Sutherland and a must for meat lovers who dig a Southern flair. Late night happy hour has a scaled-down menu featuring Frito pie, hushpuppies, cheap drinks and more and is available Monday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.

A tall, glass-backed bar wall with seats in front of it
The bar inside this Lowertown spot
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15. Dark Horse Bar & Eatery

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250 E 7th St
St Paul, MN 55101
(651) 313-7960
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This wood-beamed and warm Lowertown St. Paul eatery serves food until 1:30 a.m. every night. Order a drink from their lengthy whiskey, bourbon and scotch list. Then ease into cheese-smothered fries, a brisket-blend burger, pizza or main courses with equal opportunity for meat, seafood and veggie lovers.

Eater Scenes: Dark Horse Bar & Eatery Patio, 6 PM Tuesday
Dark and lovely in Lowertown

16. Brunson's Pub

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956 Payne Ave
St Paul, MN 55130
(651) 447-2483
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One of the best neighborhood bars in the city has seriously good bar food with monster burgers, house made chips with creamy dipping sauce and a loaded french fry dish that’s a bit of a belly buster. The kitchen stays open until 11 pm.

17. Bull's Horn Food and Drink

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4563 S 34th Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 208-1378
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Stop by this neighborhood dive bar from chef Doug Flicker and his wife Amy Greeley for great times, burgers, and maybe some pull-tabs.

18. Dusty's Bar

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1319 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 378-9831
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A dive bar jewel of Northeast, this place also has affordable little sandwiches called dagos that are exactly what’s needed to fill serious hunger late at night. There’s plenty more on the menu, but don’t miss those little bites, served until 12:30 a.m.

1. Nightingale

2551 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405
An aviation for cruising into the night
Joy Summers/Eater Twin Cities

This dimly-lit and crowd-pleasing establishment is a great way to impress a date or to end the night with friends. Nightingale serves the full dinner menu until 1 a.m., 7 glorious days a week. Happy hour with food and drink specials goes from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. 

2551 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55405

2. Pat's Tap

3510 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
An industry hang-out
Trip Advisor/Web

This gastropub spotlights a voluminous beer-by-the-can list, food, cocktails and - skee bal. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., the food menu until 1 a.m. Snacks include house-made ‘cheese its’, fried pickles or a shareable pig out plate. Happy hour runs Sunday through Thursday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

3510 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

3. The Nicollet Diner

1428 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Safety from a looming hangover
The Nicollet Diner/Facebook

Located a few blocks form Loring Park this bustling diner open 24 hours and 365 days a year. Expect classics like chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy, eggs Benedict, poutine and burgers. And unlike most Minnesota diners this one has a full bar featuring on-tap cocktails, margaritas, daiquiris and spiked milkshakes served from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily.

1428 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

4. Parlour

730 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
A skinny burger on a buttery bun with white cheese
An icon of the burger world
Joy Summers/Eater Twin Cities

Home to an iconic burger in Minneapolis, this just below street level bar keeps serving those burgers, and more, until midnight.

730 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401

5. Nighthawks Diner & Bar

3753 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Nighthawks Stephanie A. Meyer/Eater Twin Cities

All the decadent late-night cravings are answered here with everything from killer wings, a serious burger, cheese curds and the positively insane volcano fries. Open until 1am most days and serving a late night happy hour starting at 10pm.

3753 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409

6. 112 Eatery

112 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
The window at 112
112 Eatery/Website

This Warehouse District restaurant run by James Beard Award winning chef Isaac Becker has become a classic, due in no small part to the late night dining options. Fans swear by the decadent burger and a simply perfect fried egg sandwich.

112 N 3rd St
Minneapolis, MN 55401

7. Spoon and Stable

211 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Gavin Kaysen’s first North Loop restaurant remains bustling and not always easy to breeze into - that is until later at night when the first-come bar seats start to open up. Slide in and order some of the elegant snacks. The bar menu is served until midnight.

211 N 1st St
Minneapolis, MN 55401

8. Bardo

222 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414
The curved booth and art deco style bar area
The bar overlooking Hennepin Avenue
Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

Remy Pettus’ Hennepin Avenue restaurant appeals to folks in the hospitality industry with a late night menu featuring an insane chicken sandwich and a kitchen that stays open every night until midnight. Plus, the restaurant is open late nights on Monday.

222 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414

9. Taco Taxi

1511 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

There’s nothing better than digging into a warm taco in the wee hours. Taco Taxi on East Lake Street is a fantastic stop any time its open, but somehow, these affordable bites go down even better in the dead of night. Served until 2 a.m. weekdays and 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

1511 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55407

10. Centro at Popol Vuh

1414 Quincy St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

Tacos and late nights are a match made in heaven. Stop by for the tender barbacoa or outstanding nopales tacos with a side of mezcal slushie. Open until 11 pm on weekdays and 1 am on weekends, this restaurant is run by Eater Twin Cities’ chef of the year 2018, Jose Alarcon.

1414 Quincy St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

11. ie - Italian Eatery

4724 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Inside the Easy Elegance of Nokomis' i.e. - Italian Eatery
A Nokomis neighborhood favorite
Lucy Hawthorne/Eater Twin Cities

This Italian haven in South Minneapolis specializes in made-in-house pasta. The main room is boisterous most nights. Dinner is served Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday until 11:30 p.m. and Saturday until 12:30 a.m.

4724 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55407

12. Hi-Lo Diner

4020 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Eater Scene: 3:30 PM on Tuesday at the Hi-Lo Diner
There’s a full bar in this diner car
Amber Procaccini/Eater Twin Cities

The lights stay on until midnight and this gorgeous, vintage diner car on East Lake Street. Hi-Tops are kind of a hole-less doughnut situation served with all manner of sweet/savory toppings like fried chicken, gravy and a decent dose of maple syrup. There are malts and coffee for the well behaved and stiff cocktails for the wicked among us.

4020 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55406

13. Mickey's Dining Car

36 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102

There’s zero booze here and great diner fare: perfect for a last minute stop after everything else has shut down. Mickey’s is open in downtown St. Paul 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

36 7th St W
St Paul, MN 55102

14. Handsome Hog

203 6th St E, St Paul, MN 55101
A tall, glass-backed bar wall with seats in front of it
The bar inside this Lowertown spot
Katie Cannon/Eater Twin Cities

This hip, bourbon-stocked Lowertown restaurant is the work of Justin Sutherland and a must for meat lovers who dig a Southern flair. Late night happy hour has a scaled-down menu featuring Frito pie, hushpuppies, cheap drinks and more and is available Monday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.

203 6th St E
St Paul, MN 55101

15. Dark Horse Bar & Eatery

250 E 7th St, St Paul, MN 55101
Eater Scenes: Dark Horse Bar & Eatery Patio, 6 PM Tuesday
Dark and lovely in Lowertown

This wood-beamed and warm Lowertown St. Paul eatery serves food until 1:30 a.m. every night. Order a drink from their lengthy whiskey, bourbon and scotch list. Then ease into cheese-smothered fries, a brisket-blend burger, pizza or main courses with equal opportunity for meat, seafood and veggie lovers.

250 E 7th St
St Paul, MN 55101

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16. Brunson's Pub

956 Payne Ave, St Paul, MN 55130

One of the best neighborhood bars in the city has seriously good bar food with monster burgers, house made chips with creamy dipping sauce and a loaded french fry dish that’s a bit of a belly buster. The kitchen stays open until 11 pm.

956 Payne Ave
St Paul, MN 55130

17. Bull's Horn Food and Drink

4563 S 34th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406

Stop by this neighborhood dive bar from chef Doug Flicker and his wife Amy Greeley for great times, burgers, and maybe some pull-tabs.

4563 S 34th Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406

18. Dusty's Bar

1319 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

A dive bar jewel of Northeast, this place also has affordable little sandwiches called dagos that are exactly what’s needed to fill serious hunger late at night. There’s plenty more on the menu, but don’t miss those little bites, served until 12:30 a.m.

1319 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

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