What to Do Around Target Center

In town and staying near the arena? Need to fill time before a Lynx or Timberwolves game? Don't want the end of the concert to be the end of your night? Located in Downtown Minneapolis, Target Center is close to dozens of things to do in your free time!

1. See a Show

State Theatre

Hennepin Avenue south of 5th Street is often referred to as Downtown's Theater District. A few main spots for your theater and entertainment fix include The Cowles Center (performing arts and dance center), and the Pantages, State, and Orpheum Theatres (Broadway, international, national and local entertainment). All within 4 blocks of one another, you're sure to find a show that suits your fancy!

Looking for something more in tune with your musical interests? First Avenue, Skyway Theatre, and the Dakota Jazz Club are all within walking distance to Target Center and boast some impressive regional, national, and international acts. A few more blocks away (or a short Lyft drive) you'll find the Fillmore, the area's new 36,000 square foot venue that opened in 2020, and The Fine Line Music Cafe.

2. Wine & Dine

Prime Tomahawk, Seven Steakhouse Sushi & Rooftop

There's no shortage of fancy restaurants for those wishing to splurge. Restaurants like Fogo de Chão (upscale Brazilian steakhouse), Seven Steakhouse Sushi & Rooftop (upmarket steakhouse & sushi bar), Firelake Grill House & Cocktail Bar (upscale New American), The Oceanaire (high-end seafood and steak) and Murray's Steakhouse (prime cuts & signature cocktails) are all top notch choices for a top notch meal.

3. Keep It Casual at a Bar or Pub

Craving beer and bar food? Some of the best casual eateries near Target Center include  Gluek's Restaurant & Bar (bustling old-world beer hall), O'Donovan's Irish Pub (vibrant Irish pub), Sneaky Pete's (high-energy sports bar and nightclub), Lyon’s Pub (English pub, bar food), Brothers Bar & Grill (Midwestern sports-bar) and Cowboy Jack's (Wild West themed bar with a great rooftop). Dress down or up, hop from one to another or just stay put, these spots are perfect for beginning or ending your night. 

In neighboring North Loop, you can even enjoy a micro brewery crawl! Grab a flight at Modist Brewing, Fulton Brewing, and Inbound Brew Co, or grab a glass of local wine at AxeBridge Wine Company.

4. Stay Out Late


Post-dinner, after-dark Minneapolis is hoppin' with stellar nightlife. For an energetic nightclub experience, try the Gay 90's (vibrant LBGTQ nightclub with multiple bars and dance floors), Pourhouse (sports bar and nightclub with live music), Union Rooftop (lively multi-level bar and grill, home to many a drag brunch), or Seven Steakhouse Sushi & Rooftop (high end dining meets electric nightlife).

5. Explore the Skyway

Want to kill some time before a game and explore the city in a unique way? How about exploring the largest contiguous system of enclosed, second-level bridges in the world—composed of 9.5 miles of pathways connecting 80 city blocks! You'll find shopping, restaurants, art exhibits, and more. Check out our guide to the Minneapolis Skyway and begin your above-ground adventure.

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