U.S. Bank Stadium
Minneapolis is becoming quite the coveted destination. Next year, the X Games will arrive for a two-year stint. And in 2018, the city will host the Super Bowl. Residents aren’t surprised at the attention: Minneapolis’ many lakes attract walkers, joggers and bikers almost year-round, while its impressive live music scene lures concertgoers every night of the week to spots such as First Avenue—the club Prince made famous—and a renovated Orchestra Hall. Throw in more world-class cultural attractions—the Jean Nouvel-designed Guthrie Theater, the Walker Art Center, the American Swedish Institute—and an eclectic mix of dining options, and it’s not hard to see why the city’s reputation is booming.
Hit the North Loop
Shopping abounds in this hot ‘hood. Pick up distinctive menswear at MartinPatrick3, wares for your house at The Foundry Home Goods or quirky antiques, art and more at Jeromeo. Then slide into a booth at The Monte Carlo and feast on the addictive wings. Or reserve a table at Spoon and Stable, where Daniel Boulud protégé Gavin Kaysen has been cooking winners such as duck meatloaf sliders for a packed house since day one. Cap off the night with a creative cocktail at nearby Marvel Bar.
The gorgeous, gleaming and glassy U.S. Bank Stadium opened in July and is the place to watch Vikings football this season. With eats from local faves such as Curds&Cakes (cheese curds) and Kramarczuk’s (brats), it just might become a dining destination, too. Baseball fans can watch the Twins play at Target Field, which is no slouch in the food department either. Try the juicy “60/40” sliders with cheese and bacon from Red Cow or get a whole pie from Pizza Lucé.
Surly Brewing’s 50,000-square-foot brewery is a mecca for beer lovers. With 15-plus of its brews on tap—including the über popular Furious—a restaurant and a 1½-acre beer garden with fire pits and lawn games, you could spend all night here. But then you’d miss Sociable Cider Werks, which is doing wonderful things with apples; catch the Road Rash shandy apple while you still can. Or pop into Tattersall Distilling for a cocktail mixed using one of the distillery’s liquors.
Head to Burch Steak and Pizza Bar for some of the best steak in town (the $19 prime hanger cut is a tasty steal). Or celebrate the city’s Nordic food heritage at The Bachelor Farmer. And don’t leave town without trying the fried chicken at Revival—it’s been pulling in such large crowds since it opened that it’s expanding into the two spaces next door.