The Arts District has some notably great night-out spots, including Hai Hai (buzzy spot serving Southeast Asian street food and craft cocktails with a great patio), Centro (a vibrant restaurant serving up fast-casual Mexican food and excellent margaritas), North East Social (American/Continental bistro), Anchor Fish and Chips (Alaskan cod, Irish pub food), and Young Joni (award-winning wood-fired pizza, Korean grill).
Head less than two miles up Central Ave and find a pocket of incredible cuisine. Try Durango Bakery, a Mexican pastry shop that serves fresh breads, donuts, tres leches cake, and other delicious baked goods. Visit Holy Land Bakery & Deli for essentials like pita bread, olives, and cheese. For Colombian and Ecuadorian dishes check out the warm and inviting La Colonia Restaurant. Craving five star pizza topped with green sauce and fresh ingredients? Stop by Football Pizza (yes, these pies are shaped like footballs). And vegans will love Francis Burger Joint for their entirely plant-based and gluten-free menu. Get the Garlic Girl — you won't be disappointed.
You can’t swing a fixie bike around Northeast without hitting a dive bar, namely 331 Club (vintage dive bar, live music), Mayslacks (old school dive, roast beef sandwiches, live music), Shaw’s (sports bar, live music), Grumpy’s (tavern, bar food, video games), and Northeast Palace (live music, dancing, karaoke).
The craft beer scene landed hard on Northeast Minneapolis. The dizzying options include the 612Brew and its enormous indoor, wood-brick space and a small, atmospheric stone amphitheater outside. They keep about 10 house beers on tap at a time. Bauhaus Brew Labs serves a German-American beer hybrid in their busy taproom which hosts events like film screenings, trivia and live music. Indeed Brewing Company has two taprooms, serving pints of their flagship Day Tripper Pale Ale, Pistachio Cream Ale, IPAs, experimental brews, and the Wooden Soul series of wild, sour, and barrel-aged beer. Down the street you'll find BŪCH Fermentary & Taproom, a new spot for organic hard kombucha with a superb patio. Finally, there is Sociable Cider Werks, for those who like a little apple zing with their brewery explorations. Because everything is in such close proximity, you can either make yourself comfortable at one spot or opt for some variety and hop from place to place. There are no bad choices here. And, if you feel like venturing north, Fair State and 56 Brewing are worth the trip.