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Twin Cities Night Owl Survival Guide

13 Late night dining destinations, mapped

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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. House bubbles are just $5.

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 gastro pub 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. Kyatchi

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3758 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 236-4429
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Sustainably-sourced sushi certified through Seafood Watch and served until midnight daily makes Kyatchi a hot spot for eco-conscious diners looking for a late catch. The menu offers sushi, noodles, assorted meat and veggie skewers, rice bowls and hot dogs. Hours are Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to midnight and a nighttime happy hour is offered daily from 10 p.m. to midnight

Late night sushi and hot dogs
Kyatchi

4. 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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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. Hola Arepa

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3501 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 345-5583
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This food truck turned buzzing restaurant specializes in Venezuelan arepas, stuffed cornmeal cake sandwiches finished on the griddle. The mostly gluten-free menu is available Tuesday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. with a happy hour Tuesday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Drinks are always served until midnight.

The arepa that launched a city-wide love affair
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7. 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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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 bar overlooking Hennepin Avenue
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9. 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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10. 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. Finally, four more words: chocolate olive oil torte.

A Nokomis neighborhood favorite
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11. 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.

There’s a full bar in this diner car
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12. Handsome Hog

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203 6th St E
St Paul, MN 55101
(651) 340-7710
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This hip, bourbon-soaked Lowertown restaurant is the work of Top Chef Justin Sutherland and a must for meat lovers who dig a Southern flair. Happy hour has a scaled-down menu featuring Frito pie, hushpuppies, a classic Cubano, 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.

The bar inside this Lowertown spot
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13. 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.

Dark and lovely in Lowertown

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. House bubbles are just $5.

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 gastro pub 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. Kyatchi

3758 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Late night sushi and hot dogs
Kyatchi

Sustainably-sourced sushi certified through Seafood Watch and served until midnight daily makes Kyatchi a hot spot for eco-conscious diners looking for a late catch. The menu offers sushi, noodles, assorted meat and veggie skewers, rice bowls and hot dogs. Hours are Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to midnight and a nighttime happy hour is offered daily from 10 p.m. to midnight

3758 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409

4. 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

5. Nighthawks Diner & Bar

3753 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409
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. Hola Arepa

3501 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
The arepa that launched a city-wide love affair
Hola Arepa/Website

This food truck turned buzzing restaurant specializes in Venezuelan arepas, stuffed cornmeal cake sandwiches finished on the griddle. The mostly gluten-free menu is available Tuesday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. with a happy hour Tuesday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Drinks are always served until midnight.

3501 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

7. 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

8. Bardo

222 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414
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. 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

10. ie - Italian Eatery

4724 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407
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. Finally, four more words: chocolate olive oil torte.

4724 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55407

11. Hi-Lo Diner

4020 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
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

12. Handsome Hog

203 6th St E, St Paul, MN 55101
The bar inside this Lowertown spot
Katie Cannon/Eater Twin Cities

This hip, bourbon-soaked Lowertown restaurant is the work of Top Chef Justin Sutherland and a must for meat lovers who dig a Southern flair. Happy hour has a scaled-down menu featuring Frito pie, hushpuppies, a classic Cubano, 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

13. Dark Horse Bar & Eatery

250 E 7th St, St Paul, MN 55101
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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