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Neighborhood Series: Uptown, Minneapolis

Posted by VIBE Realty on Wednesday, June 15th, 2022 at 2:32pm.

Uptown is centered at the intersection of Hennepin Avenue and West Lake Street and has long been a hip neighborhood of Minneapolis. A staple area for decades, it was famously written about by Prince. It has traditionally spanned the corners of four neighborhoods, Lowry Hill East, East Bde Maka Ska, South Uptown and East Isles neighborhoods, which are all within the Calhoun Isles community. Throughout the many changes over time, this area is still full of buzzy gastropubs, bistros, stores and boutiques. Known for its classic Uptown Theater on Hennepin and being near walking and cycling paths encircling Lake Bde Maka Ska and Lake of the Isles, this area has plenty to do.

Sookie & Mimi

One of the most recent additions to Uptown, Sookie & Mimi is an airy, woodsy eatery with two bars serving Mexican and Korean sharing plates. James Beard award-winning chef Ann Kim explores new ideas in cuisine spanning Korean, Midwestern, and Latin American ingredients. Their interior is jaw dropping, and their basement bar is worth a visit. If you’re looking for something more casual, order the tacos - they come in a dinosaur. :)

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Isles Bun & Coffee

Their tagline is “best buns in town.” Most locals agree. The line is usually well out the door and for a good reason. If you brave the line, you’ll be rewarded with a dang good cinnamon roll and some delicious ‘puppy dog tails’ (the twisted versions).

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Volstead's Emporium

This prohibition style secret bar features award-winning cocktails in an old world setting. It’s cozy and dimly lit, everything you would want in a cocktail bar. But, because it’s a true speak-easy you may have some challenges finding it!  We’ll give you a hint, the entrance is through an alley near Lyndale and Aldrich.

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Fancy some French cuisine? Barbette is an all-day French bistro with a vibrant and hip ambiance that boasts live music and sidewalk seating in the warmer months. There aren’t many other places in Minneapolis where you can order the classic dish of beef tartare!

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This late-night staple has a modern interior with a cozy fireplace and tufted leather booths. An American classic menu at its core, the Lowry offers local bites, craft cocktails and microbrews.

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Red Cow

Never failing to leave Red Cow off our neighborhood series, the Uptown location is no exception of great food and great service. With a rustic interior and cool outdoor hangout patio, you’re signing up for the classic Red Cow experience that locals have come to love.

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Everyone loves a gritty barcade. From four player pacman, to old school pinball machines, to live size Jenga — Up-Down is a classic stop in Uptown. Grab a beer and some pizza by the slice while you one-up your friends at Mario Kart.

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Bryant Bowl

Uptown just isn’t Uptown without Bryant Bowl. This funky and eclectic bowling alley goes way back. With vintage alleys, a cabaret theater, and an American restaurant inside for you to order while you bowl, this is a prime spot for a Friday or Saturday night out.

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Agra Culture Kitchen

A healthy fast casual option that embraces clean eating with sustainably sourced local ingredients. From bowls, salads, and sandwiches, they have an array of options. Also worth mentioning is their offer of paleo, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free menu items.

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Cycle Bar

Designed for all fitness levels, with empowerment as their core focus, you’ll get a great workout but you’ll also feel like you’re at a club at the same time. Loud music, neon lights, and tons of energy. It’s the best of both worlds. Little word of advice, don’t go too hard at the beginning of the class!

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Amazing Thai

If you haven’t gone for the jalapeno cream cheese wontons, you’re missing out! Amazing Thai is also where you go when you’re ready to give into that craving for pad thai. Their authentic Thai cuisine is good for take out or dining in.

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