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The back bar at Young Joni where a 70’s reel-to-reel sets the mood and the drinks are always fantastic
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Where to Find All of the Twin Cities’ Hidden Bars

Drinking in secret is the best way to drink

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The back bar at Young Joni where a 70’s reel-to-reel sets the mood and the drinks are always fantastic
| Katie Cannon/Eater Twin Cities

Sneaking into hidden spots makes tipping back a cocktail all the more fun. These bars might not be the easiest to find, but the search is half the fun. Duck in, past dark alleys and unmarked doors to find a whole world of good-time drinking.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Volstead's Emporium

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711 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Follow the street address, walk down an alley, and keep an eye out for the red light above a door to spot this hidden bar. Not only does Volstead’s pour some excellent drinks, but they have an extensive food menu to compliment them and plenty of comfy seating that can leave guests lingering for hours, especially when it’s cold outside.

2. Cobble Social House

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213 3rd Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 345-5463
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Look for the golden eye painted on the dark brick building next to the Monte Carlo’s parking lot. This swank little bar serves gorgeous drinks and snacks for those clever enough to get in and snag one of these seats.

A tattooed hand holds a cocktail garnished with a citrus slice stamped with an eye outline
Look for that eye on the outside to sip these drinks
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3. Marvel Bar

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50 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 206-3929
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This North Loop hidden bar is at the top of the cocktail game in Minneapolis. It’s tucked away, behind and below The Bachelor Farmer. Open the unmarked door facing the pay lot parking long, walk through the short, unassuming hallway and open up to a chic dining space. This is the bar where other top bartenders come to be impressed. Order an exquisite martini, or check out the bevvy of impressive nonalcoholic drinks being served now through April.

A dark, sexy bar with globe lights and a long line of leather barstools
At the back and underneath Bachelor Farmer sits this highly acclaimed bar
Marvel Bar [Official]

4. Young Joni

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165 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 345-5719
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This hidden bar behind Young Joni is just as popular as the award-winning establishment its attached to. To get there, walk down the alley behind the restaurant and look for the red neon light that indicates it’s open. There’s only a limited number of people allowed inside at a time, inside this room that somehow feels like the coolest basement in all of Wisconsin. Note the 70s-era reel-to-reel taped soundtrack playing. Cocktails are king, but there are a few basic Young Joni pizza also served back here.

Dark floral wallpaper covered with small wooden-frames, old tables, and even older loveseats
It only feels like a basement
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5. Al's Place

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2500 University Ave NE 2nd Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 594-5876
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either look for the door with the green light outside Stanley’s in Northeast, or sneak through the photo booth inside. Al’s has some pleasant happy hour specials from Thursday to Saturday in addition to live music most weekends. In true 1920’s fashion, there are burlesque brunches, too.

A large lime-green backed, curved booth under a crystal chandelier is set for service
Al’s booth
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6. Target Lounge

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818 S 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN 55415

While this spot isn’t exactly a hidden bar in the sense of a speakeasy vibe, it is a little known and largely overlooked spot inside the Guthrie that keeps it concealed from common knowledge. No ticket is required, but it’s only open on performance evenings so planning ahead is essential.

The entrance of the Guthrie Theater and pathway to the Target Lounge
There’s a bar in there
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7. The Nook Basement

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492 Hamline Ave S
St Paul, MN 55116
(651) 698-4347
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Also not a hidden bar in the traditional sense, but it the basement bowling alley it sits on top of certainly is. The best part? It’s contained in a train car that’s outfitted with something like $16,000 worth of one-dollar bills affixed to the walls and ceiling.

8. GREEN LANTERN COCKTAILS + MUSIC

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229 6th St E
St Paul, MN 55101
(651) 348-6456
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Once a literal gangster’s paradise during the prohibition era, Green Lantern’s history makes it a standout among the Twin Cities speakeasy crowd. Today the establishment meshes its vibrant history with delectable modern cocktails for an excellent hidden bar experience. To get there enter Lowertown’s Public Kitchen + Bar and head downstairs instead of up.

1. Volstead's Emporium

711 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Follow the street address, walk down an alley, and keep an eye out for the red light above a door to spot this hidden bar. Not only does Volstead’s pour some excellent drinks, but they have an extensive food menu to compliment them and plenty of comfy seating that can leave guests lingering for hours, especially when it’s cold outside.

711 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408

2. Cobble Social House

213 3rd Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401
A tattooed hand holds a cocktail garnished with a citrus slice stamped with an eye outline
Look for that eye on the outside to sip these drinks
Cobble Social House [Official]

Look for the golden eye painted on the dark brick building next to the Monte Carlo’s parking lot. This swank little bar serves gorgeous drinks and snacks for those clever enough to get in and snag one of these seats.

213 3rd Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401

3. Marvel Bar

50 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55401
A dark, sexy bar with globe lights and a long line of leather barstools
At the back and underneath Bachelor Farmer sits this highly acclaimed bar
Marvel Bar [Official]

This North Loop hidden bar is at the top of the cocktail game in Minneapolis. It’s tucked away, behind and below The Bachelor Farmer. Open the unmarked door facing the pay lot parking long, walk through the short, unassuming hallway and open up to a chic dining space. This is the bar where other top bartenders come to be impressed. Order an exquisite martini, or check out the bevvy of impressive nonalcoholic drinks being served now through April.

50 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55401

4. Young Joni

165 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Dark floral wallpaper covered with small wooden-frames, old tables, and even older loveseats
It only feels like a basement
Katie Cannon/Eater Twin Cities

This hidden bar behind Young Joni is just as popular as the award-winning establishment its attached to. To get there, walk down the alley behind the restaurant and look for the red neon light that indicates it’s open. There’s only a limited number of people allowed inside at a time, inside this room that somehow feels like the coolest basement in all of Wisconsin. Note the 70s-era reel-to-reel taped soundtrack playing. Cocktails are king, but there are a few basic Young Joni pizza also served back here.

165 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

5. Al's Place

2500 University Ave NE 2nd Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55418
A large lime-green backed, curved booth under a crystal chandelier is set for service
Al’s booth
Al’s Place [Official]

either look for the door with the green light outside Stanley’s in Northeast, or sneak through the photo booth inside. Al’s has some pleasant happy hour specials from Thursday to Saturday in addition to live music most weekends. In true 1920’s fashion, there are burlesque brunches, too.

2500 University Ave NE 2nd Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55418

6. Target Lounge

818 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415
The entrance of the Guthrie Theater and pathway to the Target Lounge
There’s a bar in there
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While this spot isn’t exactly a hidden bar in the sense of a speakeasy vibe, it is a little known and largely overlooked spot inside the Guthrie that keeps it concealed from common knowledge. No ticket is required, but it’s only open on performance evenings so planning ahead is essential.

818 S 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN 55415

7. The Nook Basement

492 Hamline Ave S, St Paul, MN 55116

Also not a hidden bar in the traditional sense, but it the basement bowling alley it sits on top of certainly is. The best part? It’s contained in a train car that’s outfitted with something like $16,000 worth of one-dollar bills affixed to the walls and ceiling.

492 Hamline Ave S
St Paul, MN 55116

8. GREEN LANTERN COCKTAILS + MUSIC

229 6th St E, St Paul, MN 55101

Once a literal gangster’s paradise during the prohibition era, Green Lantern’s history makes it a standout among the Twin Cities speakeasy crowd. Today the establishment meshes its vibrant history with delectable modern cocktails for an excellent hidden bar experience. To get there enter Lowertown’s Public Kitchen + Bar and head downstairs instead of up.

229 6th St E
St Paul, MN 55101

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