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Music & Nightlife

It usually begins with a murmur.

You notice that people keep looking back and around the room. That's when you hear it for yourself: "Prince just walked in." It happens a lot here. Local music legends have made their hangouts legendary, and touring artists make it a point to visit these legendary bars.

Not to say the music scene is all about rock and rap. Minnesota Orchestra conductor Osmo Vänskä has earned raves for his incisive conducting and the orchestra's ravishing recordings of Beethoven's symphonies.

But to really get a sense of the local music scene, it's best that you wander into one of the many bars and music venues without knowing anything about the artists. It's a nice little adventure that will be rewarding, no matter where you find yourself. So don’t be surprised if you find yourself tapping your toes and nodding your head through the day; that happens a lot here too.

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Dakota Jazz Club

The Dakota's inspired menu of innovative regional Midwestern fare paired with the best jazz in the Twin Cities guarantees visitors come for the food, and stay for the music.

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First Avenue

First Avenue

The legendary concert venue in Minneapolis, MN. Your Downtown Danceteria since 1970. San Francisco has the Fillmore. New York has the Bowery. D.C. has the 9:30 Club. And Minneapolis has First Avenue and the 7th St Entry. Anyone who knows about music in this…

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Gay 90s

Gay 90s

Join us each and every day for great specials, dinner and a drag show. We have six great bars and three dance floors that will fit any mood you’re in, each playing different music. Be part of the Minneapolis night life. Visit the Gay 90s today.

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Mill City Nights

Mill City Nights

Mill City Nights is a concert and special event venue operated by AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG. Mill City Nights features; state-of-the-art sound/lights/video, a full service kitchen, three full bars, professional event…

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Shout House Dueling Pianos

Shout House Dueling Pianos

ROCK-N-ROLL, SING-ALONG DUELING PIANOS It's the great music hits of all time combined with great showmanship, energy, and comedy. CELEBRATE LIFE AT THE TOP OF YOUR LUNGS!

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Ted Mann Concert Hall

Ted Mann Concert Hall

The acoustically-excellent, state-of-the-art Ted Mann Concert Hall offers 1,100 comfortable seats, a flexible presentation area and a three-story glass wall-in lobby that overlooks the Mississippi River.

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The PourHouse

The PourHouse

Two and a half stories, prohibition themed restaurant, sports bar & event center located in the historic Lumber Exchange Building. Features 25ft HD screen, 50 TVs, state of the art sound & buyouts for groups up to 900. Ask about VIP service and party bus!

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