A Bison Fan’s Guide To Minneapolis

This month, we were privileged to team up with the Minneapolis CVB to give you a huge list of things to do while in Minneapolis this weekend.

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It’s true that Minneapolis-St. Paul is a huge metropolitan area, especially compared to our humble Fargo home. So, if you’re heading down to the Twin Cities for North Dakota State’s football game against Butler on August 31 at Target Field, you may be asking yourself what you’re going to do before and after the game and beyond. Rest assured, we have you covered. We were privileged to team up with the Minneapolis CVB to give you a huge list of things to do in Minneapolis!


Downtown Pubs

If a more traditional bar atmosphere is what you’re after, Downtown Minneapolis has a bevy of pubs and bars right near Target Field. Two staples are Kieran’s Irish Pub and Brit’s Pub. Both can be found within blocks of Target Field and offer authentic Irish and British dining and drinking options.

Kieran’s Irish Pub
85 N 6th St

Brit’s Pub
1110 Nicollet Mall

Brewery Tours

Not only are there several local breweries located within blocks of Target Field, but there are also breweries all over the Twin Cities. Within walking distance of Target Field is Fulton Brewing Company, Inbound Brewing and Modist Brewing.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, you have to check out Surly Brewing Company’s massive space near the University of Minnesota. Blackstack Brewing is another gem in St. Paul. In total, there are over 30 local breweries, so there is sure to be something that fits your brew style. Many of these breweries feature food trucks and things to eat as well.

Fulton Brewing
414 N 6th Ave

Inbound Brewing
701 N 5th St

Modist Brewing
505 N 3rd St

Surly Brewing
520 Malcolm Ave SE

Blackstack Brewing
755 Prior Ave N, St Paul

Club It Up

So you’re a little more social than other Bison fans, that’s cool. If you’re more of an Old Broadway type of person, Cowboy Jack’s might be the place for you in Downtown Minneapolis. It offers more of a club atmosphere on the weekends which is sure to satisfy the most social Bison.

Cowboy Jack’s
126 N 5th St

Be Fancy

Get a fancy cocktail while overlooking the entire city. The Prohibition bar is located on the 27th floor of the Foshay building downtown. There, you can snag yourself a fancy cocktail with some fellow Bison fans.

821 S Marquette Ave

Rooftop Vibes

Several restaurants in Downtown Minneapolis have rooftop dining and drinking options. Take in the views of the city and marvel as it buzzes by you at an eclectic group of dining options.

Seven Steak & Sushi
700 Hennepin Ave

Union Restaurant
731 Hennepin Ave,

Crave Restaurant
825 Hennepin Ave

Shop Till You Drop

The North Loop and Warehouse Districts (where Target Field is located) is known for its locally-owned boutiques. If you’re looking to pick up some premium items, check out these businesses.

219 N 2nd St

Grethen House
212 3rd Ave N

Statement Boutique
212 3rd Ave N Suite 105

Great Eats

Since Target Field is within walking distance of Minneapolis’ bustling downtown, there are plenty of places to grab a great bite to eat. We know that Bison fans will accept nothing but the best, especially when it comes to their food. So, find these restaurants close to the stadium before or after the game to fill up on local flavor.

112 Eatery
112 N 3rd Street

Monte Carlo
219 3rd Ave N

507 N Washington Ave

Gluek’s Restaurant And Bar
16 N 6th St

The Freehouse
701 N Washington Ave #101

Pizza Lucé
119 N 4th St

The Loon Cafe
500 N 1st Ave

Hell’s Kitchen
80 S 9th St

Manny’s Steakhouse
825 S Marquette Ave

City Works
600 Hennepin Ave

The Newsroom
990 Nicollet Mall

Brothers Bar And Grill
430 N 1st Ave

Lyon’s Pub
16 South 6th St

O’Donovan’s Irish Pub
700 N 1st Ave

The Bachelor Farmer
50 N 2nd Ave

Marvel Bar
50 N 2nd Ave

Spoon And Stable
211 N 1st St

Bar La Grassa
800 N Washington Ave

Smack Shack
603 N Washington Ave

730 N Washington Ave

Kado No Mise
33 N 1st Ave

Sweet Chow
116 N 1st Ave

Edward’s Dessert Kitchen
200 N Washington Ave

Culture Yourself

The Walker Art Center is one of the biggest attractions in the Twin Cities area. This is not only because of the phenomenal gallery inside but the sculpture garden outside. This is where the famous “Spoonbridge And Cherry” is housed along with several other artistic marvels. While it will cost you to go inside the Walker Art Center (completely worth it) the sculpture garden is free to the public. It is the perfect sunny day activity for the family.

Walker Art Center And Sculpture Garden
725 Vineland Place

Out Of The Way Attractions

Chances are, not every Bison fan is going to be staying within walking distance of Target Field. While it is certainly worth it to take a day exploring downtown Minneapolis and the surrounding area, there are other gems in the metro.

Mall Of America
60 E Broadway, Bloomington

1 Valley Fair Dr, Shakopee

Minnesota Renaissance Festival (Open Weekends)
12364 Chestnut Blvd, Shakopee

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