Late Night Bites during Northern Spark

Calling all night owls, art lovers and festival goers. It’s time to light up your weekend with the 2019 Northern Spark Festival. Spend 2 nights in downtown Minneapolis experiencing over 25 projects and events with thousands of others. Don’t forget your comfy footwear and caffeine... you’ll probably need caffeine.

Why worry about driving home? Make a weekend out of it! It's more fun when you sleep over (we promise). Be sure to check out the best hotel deals plus summer events and things to do during your weekend getaway.

Friday, June 14th from 9:02pm-2am
Saturday, June 15th from 9:02pm-2am

The Commons
St. Paul’s Rondo Neighborhood
American Indian Cultural Corridor

How Much?

Tens of thousands of people gather after sunset to explore giant video projections, play in temporary installations and enjoy experimental performances in common spaces. This year’s theme of Commonality seeks to provide “platforms that resist discriminatory ideas, open dialogue and create relationships.” For more information about Northern Spark, head to their website. 

Where can I get a late night snack?

We’ve got the place for you! Need a quick pick me up or a bit of time to sit and relax before going back out or heading home? Consider these late night food and drink stops, all in proximity to Northern Spark events.

Sal’s on Fifth

Okay, this might be the top dog of all late night food options. Just over one block down from Nicollet and right off of the Hennepin Avenue light rail stop, Sal’s on Fifth sits waiting for you with pizza slices, hoagies, wings and more. The perfect combo of greasy, affordable and delicious. You won’t regret it.
Open until 3:30am daily

The Pourhouse

This sports bar slash nightclub has signature cocktails, craft beer and burgers galore. Bigger and a bit more upbeat than Sal’s, The Pourhouse is a great place for those looking for liveliness and an energy boost.
Open until 2am Friday and Saturday

Kieran’s Irish Pub

This Irish pub has all the food and drink you might need. A short walk from Nicollet will bring you to Kieran’s, where a hoppin’ patio, stellar drink list and mouthwatering menu await.
Open until 2am Friday and Saturday

Jimmy John’s

Keep it simple with a sub. This fast food joint is close to the festivities and hits the spot (both in your belly and wallet). If you’re feeling simple, head on over.
Open until 3am Thursday through Saturday


With more than 80 beers and ciders on tap and a scrumptious menu, Hopcat is a great place to start or end your night. They’ve got something for everyone – plus their crack fries are to-die-for! Yes, you heard right. Crack fries. The best fries you might ever have.
Open until 1am Fridays and Saturdays

Mercury Dining Room and Rail

Walking over to The Commons for more activities? Make a pit stop at Mercury for some American late night comfort food and a host of awesome drink choices.
Open until 12am Friday and Saturday

Bar Zia

Going to or from The Commons? Check out Bar Zia on the way. Try the pizza with their signature spicy but sweet sauce, or split some pasta or a sandwich with your friends. Maybe try your hand at some karaoke before heading back out.
Open until 2am daily

McKinney Roe

Just kitty-corner from The Commons, this American kitchen and bar has an awesome late night menu with approachable fair plus a lengthy wine list. Relax, snack and sip as the night winds down.
Open until 1am Friday and Saturday

Pizza Luce

A local favorite, Pizza Luce has both unique creations and delicious classics. Try the Baked Potato Pizza or the Fire Breathing Dragon. Or mix and match toppings to create your own concoction. Bonus: they have tofu and vegan cheeses! 
Open until 3:30am Friday and Saturday

Crooked Pint Ale House

Find your way to Crooked Pint Ale House, a pub with craft beers, burgers and pot pies. Need we say more?
Open until 12am daily