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It's Miller Time.
It's Miller Time.
Katie Cannon

The Most Iconic Minneapolis Dive Bars

The best places for dark, day drinking and well-worn bar tops

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It's Miller Time.
| Katie Cannon

Nothing reflects Midwestern pride and hard work ethic like the well-worn elbow grooves in a neighborhood bar. Every week should cap off with a beer, bump, Buck Hunter and a plate of unabashedly greasy good eats. These places keep the lights turned low, the walls covered with free beer swag decor and even throw the occasional meat raffle.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. CC Club

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2600 Lyndale Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 874-7226

Cheap enough for the rock n' roll miscreants that create the ever-changing soundtrack of late Minneapolis nights. The CC Club opens early every day and serves cheap pitchers of beer alongside proper good bar food.

2. Matt's Bar

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3500 Cedar Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 722-7072
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Come for the Juicy Lucy, stay for the cheap beer and comfortable atmosphere.

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3. Dusty's Bar

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1319 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 378-2118
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Whiskey drinks like water inside this Northeast fixture. Note the ancient cash register and the curious booth, a relic from the olden times when phones came attached to walls. Buy a couple of pull tabs to while away the minutes while waiting for one of those famous Dago sandwiches.

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4. Cuzzy's Grill & Bar

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507 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 339-6211
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Cool since the North Loop was just the shitty part of the Warehouse District. Cuzzy's is dark, comfortable and always the antidote to any work day.

5. 19 Bar

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19 W 15th St
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 871-5553
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It's the oldest operating neighborhood gay bar in Minneapolis and it still fits like a favorite old pair of Levis. With great pool tables, old school video games and cheap beverages, it's hard not to love this bar.

6. Palmer's Bar

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500 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612) 333-7625
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If Palmer's was a flavor it would most definitely be salty. The bar accommodations are snug, but there's a fire burning out back nearly all year 'round.

7. Northeast Palace

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2500 4th St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 788-2305

Despite the name there is nothing palatial about this hipster-free corner bar in Northeast. It's cozy with a neon glow, fried food selection and sometimes there's music.

8. Tony Jaro's River Garden

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2500 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 789-9728
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Don't come with a drink adgenda, just pick a greenie or pinkie. It's powerful and tastes like it's possibly powdered Jell-O mix and vodka, but the real recipe is a secret. The entire room is dominated by a giant bar just as the drinking gods intended.

9. The 1029 Bar & Smack Shack

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1029 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 379-4322
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The gin and tonics here are powerful and improbably cheap. The beer selection is full of local and national favorites for just a couple of bucks. Note the bras and shot-up cop car door.

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1. CC Club

2600 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Cheap enough for the rock n' roll miscreants that create the ever-changing soundtrack of late Minneapolis nights. The CC Club opens early every day and serves cheap pitchers of beer alongside proper good bar food.

2600 Lyndale Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

2. Matt's Bar

3500 Cedar Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Eater file photo

Come for the Juicy Lucy, stay for the cheap beer and comfortable atmosphere.

3500 Cedar Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55407

3. Dusty's Bar

1319 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Katie Cannon

Whiskey drinks like water inside this Northeast fixture. Note the ancient cash register and the curious booth, a relic from the olden times when phones came attached to walls. Buy a couple of pull tabs to while away the minutes while waiting for one of those famous Dago sandwiches.

1319 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

4. Cuzzy's Grill & Bar

507 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Cool since the North Loop was just the shitty part of the Warehouse District. Cuzzy's is dark, comfortable and always the antidote to any work day.

507 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401

5. 19 Bar

19 W 15th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403

It's the oldest operating neighborhood gay bar in Minneapolis and it still fits like a favorite old pair of Levis. With great pool tables, old school video games and cheap beverages, it's hard not to love this bar.

19 W 15th St
Minneapolis, MN 55403

6. Palmer's Bar

500 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

If Palmer's was a flavor it would most definitely be salty. The bar accommodations are snug, but there's a fire burning out back nearly all year 'round.

500 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55454

7. Northeast Palace

2500 4th St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Despite the name there is nothing palatial about this hipster-free corner bar in Northeast. It's cozy with a neon glow, fried food selection and sometimes there's music.

2500 4th St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

8. Tony Jaro's River Garden

2500 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Don't come with a drink adgenda, just pick a greenie or pinkie. It's powerful and tastes like it's possibly powdered Jell-O mix and vodka, but the real recipe is a secret. The entire room is dominated by a giant bar just as the drinking gods intended.

2500 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

9. The 1029 Bar & Smack Shack

1029 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

The gin and tonics here are powerful and improbably cheap. The beer selection is full of local and national favorites for just a couple of bucks. Note the bras and shot-up cop car door.

1029 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

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