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Neighborhood Series: Northeast, Minneapolis

Posted by VIBE Realty on Friday, January 15th, 2021 at 8:39am.

If you’re familiar with Minneapolis at all, chances are you know about this neighborhood where old meets new. The sprawling Northeast community is an ever developing area with a food and drink scene as innovative and diverse as the generations that live there. Known for art galleries and studios in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, along with an eclectic mix of artisanal food shops, craft breweries, dive bars, and many bakeries. Dining options range from experimental restaurants like Hai Hai to old-school spots like Dusty’s Bar. River views are plentiful, and you can find Boom Island Park nearby which offers downtown skyline views and a footbridge to Nicollet Island

We’ve gathered some notable places to add to your list when you visit Northeast (or consider moving there) but disclaimer - there are just TOO many to name them all. Hopefully this will at least give a launching pad to this incredible area, and maybe we’ll just have to revisit Northeast so we can share more.

Northeast Minneapolis has an abundance of local small businesses mixed within historical and industrial buildings making it so unique. Walk along the Mississippi River, under cobblestone bridges, through neighborhoods and you are never far from a restaurant with delicious eats and libations! If you love Farmer’s Markets, you can enjoy the NE Farmer’s market May through October and also an indoor market November through April! Needless to say that all year round this neighborhood has something to offer everyone!” - Jaime Klobucar, VIBE Agent


Sociable Cider Werks

Any cider enthusiasts in our midsts? This is the hang for you. This informal tasting room offers its own brands of craft ciders, food trucks, and live music in a cool and rustic setting. They’ve recently joined forces with Fair State and Pizza Lucé to make sure everyone has easy access to their favorite local ciders.

With its open-concept taproom and broad yard sprinkled with picnic tables, Sociable Cider Werks is one of my favorite local dog-friendly spots. Our four-legged friends are welcome both inside and out, the cider is fabulous, and the grab-and-go food truck makes it a great place to go and be...sociable!” - Cara Quinn, VIBE Agent

Photo Courtesy of @socialblecider

Norseman Distillery

The first legal micro distillery in Minneapolis since Prohibition and they make over 50 delectable spirits. This cocktail spot crafts creative concoctions in an airy, industrial-style space with a patio. They also offer cocktail workshops, distillery tours, and private rentals. Side note: shout out to their team for their quick and efficient efforts in manufacturing hand sanitizer during the COVID-19 crisis! We have been cheering them on!

Photo Courtesy of @norseman_distillery


Madre Cacti Co.

If you have a green thumb or a special love for funky cacti, and you HAVEN’T been to this place, you’re doing it wrong. Madre Cacti Co. has brought true desert vibes to our Minnesota tundra. Check out this insanely unique cactus and plant shop which specializes in varieties of unique specimen plants. You won’t leave empty handed.

Photo Courtesy of @shopmother


Bauhaus Brew Labs

Bauhaus is a family-owned craft open air brewery hidden in the Northeast neighborhood. Literally, you’ll wonder if you’re in the right place. They have a great selection of German-inspired beers, skewed slightly by a sense of play and adventure. Worth mentioning is the plentiful parking and seating, and a vibrant atmosphere (cue twinkle lights!)

Photo Courtesy of @bauhausbrewlabs


Dusty's Bar

Dusty’s Bar champions good food and good music with a great neighborhood vibe. Enjoy their signature sausage burgers, draft beer, and we can’t forget about their pull-tabs! It wouldn't be a dive bar without ‘em! This place is truly like a time capsule. The bartenders are no nonsense, but quick with a pour.

I lived in NE Minneapolis about 20 years ago and Dusty's was a frequent stop for a dago and a beer. THE best greasy dago ever, and if you like a good dive-bar ("dive" in the best possible way) this is an awesome spot. You feel like you're stepping into a relic of the past. Plus, long ago when live music was a thing... Dusty's was a great spot to hear up and coming Twin Cities musicians/bands. One day soon, it will be again - and I can't wait!" - Paige Kahle, VIBE Agent

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Centro is a laid-back, counter service taqueria, serving margaritas on tap and honky tonk on vinyl. And yes, this is where “the cool kids hang out.” With a decked out patio in the warmer months, there’s no better place to sit back and taco ‘bout it. (See what we did there?)

This taqueria, located in one of the most picturesque streets of northeast, is one of my favorite spots to grab lunch and get some work done between appointments or catch up with friends over brilliant cocktails with fabulous names like the Electric Bunny and the Guava Goddess Slushy.” - Cara Quinn, VIBE Agent

Photo Courtesy of @centro_mpls

Ray J's American Grill

Voted best wings in Minnesota. And that’s all you need to know.

Photo Courtesy of Uber Eats


Hai Hai

Hello to vibrant wallpaper and lively surrounds. Hit this place in the dead of winter and you have yourself a true summer oasis. Hai Hai is a Vietnamese restaurant inspired by a mashup of street food and classic recipes. This “next generation” take on things will offer the “deep cuts” that true Vietnamese food enthusiasts have been craving. They have an affiliated Latin restaurant, Hola Arepa, in South Minneapolis - also worth a visit!

Photo Courtesy of @haihaimpls

Young Joni

Your typical award winning “must make reservations forever in advance” pizza hang/speakeasy. This wood-clad hang with old-fashioned feels features craft cocktails, upscale bar bites, and a speakeasy (The Back Bar) that you’ll no doubt have to wait in line for (but you’ll be glad you did.) Suggested by Jaime Klobucar, VIBE Agent

Photo Courtesy of @youngjoni_mn


Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge

Located on the banks of the mighty Mississippi, Suzi’s provides a Polynesian escape on two floors with the largest waterfront tropical patio in Minneapolis.You don’t know the word eclectic until you set foot in this place, truly. This lively lounge has tiki decor, American bar fare, and adventurous cocktails. Also, don’t forget about their Christmas Palace. You DO NOT want to miss that! Suggested by Jaime Klobucar, VIBE Agent

Photo Courtesy of @psychosuzis

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