Live Music Venues

There’s a reason Prince chose to stay in Minneapolis.

Our creative culture, incredible talent and truly amazing venues make Minneapolis a great place to play, hear and discover music of all types. With a variety of beloved local performers and world-wide stars to provide you with an outstanding show, we know it will be a night out you’ll never forget. Music in Minneapolis is one-of-a-kind so be prepared to experience the culture that makes us rock. 

First Avenue

The music lover’s dream. There’s always live music happening at First Ave. With two separate performance spaces equaling an 1,800-person capacity and over 550 concerts a year, there’s always a chance to catch your favorite band or tune in to something new. It’s also the spot with the famous Star Wall, where you’ll find Prince’s star among many other celebrated musicians.

Dakota Jazz Club

Music seven nights a week plus a fantastic, chef-driven menu make Dakota Jazz Club the perfect spot for a night out. Enjoy an amazing meal before or during the show, or simply sit back with a cocktail and enjoy the performance. See who’s playing and get tickets. 

Varsity Theater

A place you just have to experience to believe. The historic Varsity Theater just underwent a one million-dollar interior renovation, and it’s phenomenal. The energy here cannot be beat. Check out the neighborhood just north of Minneapolis, Dinkytown, before or after the show.

The Cabooze

With a wide variety of shows and a diverse line-up of artists, The Cabooze is sure to introduce you to something new. Check out their schedule to see who they have this week and get ready for an awesome night out.

Fine Line Music Café

The Fine Line Music Café, located in the trendy Warehouse District, is a swanky live music venue with thousands of nationally and regionally known acts. They’ve had big names and local artists ranging from Ben Harper, Alanis Morissette, John Mayer, Buddy Guy, The Neville Brothers, Amos Lee, The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers, Raphael Saadiq, and Lady Gaga. Check out the schedule to see who’s playing.


This industrial-chic space offers fabulous cocktails, a full menu and live music every week. Check out local singers, songwriters, guitarists, and artists while you are wined and dined. See the calendar for this week.

The Cedar Cultural Center

Head to the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood to visit the Cedar Cultural Center, a mission-drive, nonprofit music venue showcasing global music and dance. The culture and history of each performance is just as important as the sound. You’ll find unique shows in a welcoming atmosphere.

Shout House Dueling Pianos

Choose your own adventure! Or at least the next song… At Shout House, the audience submits songs to each pianist who then plays and sings your pick! Watch as the two artists compete for the most cheers (and fun).

Bunker’s Music Bar & Grill

Roots Rock, Funk, R&B and Blues and more, Bunker’s is one of the most reliable live music destinations. Weekly performances include Dr. Mambo’s Combo every Sunday and Monday night, The International Reggae Allstars and Alex Rossi of the Root City Band. Friday and Saturday nights feature the best local, regional and national live music! Happy hours and a delicious menu make Bunker’s a perfect spot for your next night out.

Mortimer's Bar and Restaurant

With an all new menu in Mortimer’s kitchen, stop by for lunch or dinner plus some tunes. Pinball, pool and other games line the walls of this established dive bar. An Uptown staple, Mortimer’s is a great place to sit back, fill your glass and treat yourself to some live music. Check out their event calendar for upcoming shows!

The Warming House

A true listening room in the heart of South Minneapolis, The Warming House fancies themselves as a tiny Cedar Cultural Center. This venue operates as a non-profit, supporting all musicians and offering half their programming as community events open to the public for free or by donation. A good portion of ticketed event sales goes to the musician. The Warming House does not serve liquor, beer or wine, but offers soda, fizzy water, kombucha, chips, pretzels and chocolate. With a capacity of 40 people, this venue is small and intimate and the perfect place for a relaxing night out. Tickets can be purchased through their website. 

Hexagon Bar

This longtime watering hole is a neighborhood/corner bar that locals love. Another classic dive and sports bar, Hexagon features weekly live music alongside games and sports. Bingo on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6pm and Saturdays at 2pm plus pull tabs will tempt you to test your luck.

331 Club

This old school Northeast bar and nightspot serves up daily music, plus a menu prepared by The Sheridan Room next door. 331 Club will satisfy any night of the week with any given music combination. Check out their website for music listings!

Merlins Rest Pub

This British Isles home in Minneapolis was voted as City Pages’ Best Pub in 2016. They feature open jams, live Irish music, jazz, blues, folk and many other sounds. Follow their calendar of events for their entertainment schedule. Whether your needs are a good meal, a glass of fine wine, a tipple of malt whiskey, or merely a pint or two and a chat with the locals, Merlins is your “home away from home”—just bring your heart.

Nomad World Pub

This 21+ venue features live music frequently. Ranging from $0-$10 covers, Nomad is an inexpensive and accessible location for a night out. Food, happy hours and other deals top off this worldly location.


Honey offers a feast for the senses. Located below Ginger Hop just north of the river in Northeast Minneapolis, Honey is a bar and live music venue with an underground club feel of New York City (but much less expensive!) This dark, candle-lit lounge is a great escape. Live music jazzes up most evenings, while DJ’s turn up the tempo and volume for later shows. Enjoy a glass of wine or savor classic cocktails like the Sazerac or the Volstead at the beautiful bar or in a comfortable lounge chair.

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Acadia is a restaurant, craft beer bar and music venue located in the heart of Minneapolis’s West Bank. Inhabiting the space that was once home to the cultural and musical landmark the New Riverside Café, Acadia aims to keep up the tradition by providing entertainment for the West Bank and Minneapolis communities seven days a week. A haven for beer lovers, Acadia boasts 30 taps that change on a near-daily basis, ranging from local staples like Surly Furious to specialty sours all the way from Belgium. So if good beer, good music, and good folks are your kind of thing, head to Acadia.

Volstead’s Emporium

This speakeasy opened with no promotion, web address or social media listing. Hidden in Uptown, Minneapolis, guests must walk down an alley off of West Lake Street until they find a door with an eye-level slot that begins their Volstead’s adventure. Featuring live music, this prohibition-era themed facility remains a mystery until you enter.

Day Block Brewing Company

Dinner, live music and house brewed beer, Day Block offers all three. Local bands perform here on most weekends. So you'll be able to enjoy their signature and seasonal beers with some hometown sounds.