Situated along the Mississippi River, Minneapolis is the largest city in the state of Minnesota, with a population around 400,000 people. It’s a great spot to enjoy the great outdoors, being home to many lakes and parks. You can walk or bike along the Chain of Lakes, a series of seven lakes which are connected by trails. If you’d like to learn a bit about the city’s history, you can head to Mill City Museum, which tells the story of the mills that used to line the River. And if you’re into art, spend some time looking at the contemporary art at the Walker Art Center. Of course, there’s plenty to do with a significant other in this midwestern city, so we’ve put together a list of great things to do. Keep on reading to find out some of the best date night ideas in Minneapolis.
1. Cosy up at Café and Bar Lurcat
Up first, we have Café and Bar Lurcat, a restaurant located in the Loring Park neighbourhood. With its checkered floors, chandeliers, and bright and airy dining areas dotted with plants, it combines vintage charm and the sleek was of contemporary design. So, aside from ambience, what makes this a great date option? They serve up elevated comfort food, so you can enjoy a tasty meal with your sweetheart. You’ll find dishes like miso sea bass and vegetarian risotto on the menu, and they even offer a special Sunday date night menu, which includes a starter, entree, and dessert.
Café and Bar Lurcat
Address: 1624 Harmon Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403, United States
Website: Café and Bar Lurcat
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 4:30m - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 4:30pm - 11pm; Sun: 4:30pm - 9pm
2. Enjoy bowling and a meal at Bryant Lake Bowl
Bryant Lake Bowl has been open since 1993 and has been a popular spot in the trendy Uptown neighbourhood ever since. It certainly lacks a lot of entertainment into one venue! You can bowl at the bowling alley, watch a cabaret show in the theatre, or enjoy a meal and a drink. One of their most popular nights is Monday when they do a cheap date night promo, which includes bowling, meals, and drinks for 28 USD. If you’re looking for something cheap and funky, this is the spot for you.
Bryant Lake Bowl
Address: 810 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408, United States
Website: Bryant Lake Bowl
Opening hours: 8am - 2am (daily)
3. Get vertical at Vertical Endeavors
If you and your partner are adventure seekers, then Vertical Endeavors is an excellent option. At this climbing facility, you can try your hand at rock climbing. Don’t worry if you’ve never tried it before—they have plenty of climbing options for beginners. If you’re experienced, they have challenging routes for you, too. They do offer private lessons if you want some individualised training. A date at Vertical Endeavors is a great way to challenge each other and get a good workout in.
Address: 2540 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404, United States
Website: Vertical Endeavors
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 10am - 11pm; Sat: 10am - 10pm; Sun: 10am - 6pm
Price: from 20 USD
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4. Feed each other fondue at The Melting Pot
Fondue comes from Switzerland, and while it might have gained popularity in the United States in the 1960s and 70s, it still makes a great date option today. The Melting Pot is a fine dining restaurant serving up cheese and chocolate fondue. Cheese fondue is served up with bread, veggies, and fruits, and comes with your choice of cheese. On the other hand, the delectable chocolate fondue comes with sweets and fruit to dip in the warm chocolate. An excellent date night option is the four-course experience. You’ll get a cheese fondue, salad, entree, and chocolate fondue to finish it off.
The Melting Pot
Address: 80 S 9th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402, United States
Website: The Melting Pot
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 4pm - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 11:30am - 11pm; Sun: 11:30am - 10pm
5. Marvel at the sculptures at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
If you’re a fan of contemporary art, then a great date option is a trip to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. It’s one of America’s largest urban sculpture gardens, with 11 acres (4.5 ha) of space and more than 40 artworks on display. You’ll find work by artists like Jenny Holzer and Henry Moore, as well as the piece Spoonbridge and Cherry by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen. This artwork is a landmark of Minneapolis, so it’s a great place to capture a memory of the date and snap a selfie—we recommend angling yourself so you get the cityscape behind you. You can guide yourselves around the sculpture park, but if you prefer to have someone share information with you, you can also take a free guided tour at noon on the weekend.
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Address: 725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403, United States
Website: Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Opening hours: 6am - 12am (daily)
6. Bond over drinks at 331 Club
Northeast Minneapolis’s 331 Club is a bar with an old school feel. It’s definitely a hip place, but it’s got a relaxed vibe so you can unwind here. They do a happy hour from 1pm - 6pm, and also do late night specials if you’re looking to save a little money. But they’re more than just a bar—they’re also a venue. The bar is a big supporter of local music, so we recommend checking them out on a night with music on. You can also head down on Sunday nights when they host a popular trivia night. The author of the article can especially recommend this—for years she could be found attending the trivia night each Sunday. It’s a fun way to get a little competitive with your partner and learn something along the way.
Address: 331 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413, United States
Website: 331 Club
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 1pm - 2am; Sat - Sun: 12pm - 2am
7. Enjoy live Irish music at Kieran's Irish Pub
Another great bar option is Kieran’s Irish Pub. They serve up classic American bar fare, like burgers and wings, but also Irish delights like fish and chips. On certain weekends they offer a brunch menu, where you can also taste an Irish breakfast. If food isn’t on your mind, of course, you and your sweetheart can chill out with a couple of drinks. They also host live music, so check out the website to see when a band is playing, and you can enjoy your drinks while hearing a wee Irish tune.
Kieran's Irish Pub
Address: 85 N 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403, United States
Website: Kieran’s Irish Pub
Opening hours: Sun - Tue: 11am - 10pm; Wed - Thu: 11:30am - 12am; Fri - Sat: 11:30am - 2am
8. Enjoy some culture at Orpheum Theatre
Orpheum Theatre is located in downtown Minneapolis, and it’s stage hosts both musical plays and musicians. It’s a historic building, dating back to the 1920s and at one point being owned by Bob Dylan, and was restored in the 1990s. Watching a play makes for a great date night, and its stage has seen plays like Lion King and The Phantom of the Opera. If live music is more your jam, you’ll be pleased to know that they get plenty of bands to take their stage as well. Keep an eye on the website to see what’s coming up during your visit to Minneapolis.
Address: 910 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403, United States
Website: Orpheum Theatre
Last but certainly not least on our list is a Craft Brewery Tour. This three-hour tour is a great way to experience some of the areas best craft beers. You’ll also enjoy snacks at each stop, and transportation is included. The tour includes a few breweries, with 45 minutes scheduled at each stop. If you and your partner are beer lovers, this is the perfect way to share the experience of trying our brews.
Minneapolis Brewery All-Inclusive Guided Tour with Tastings
Duration: 3 hours
If you and your partner are foodies, then you must take part in this Riverwalk Food Tour. You’ll have a guide who will tell you all about the city and the food you’re tasting. You’ll get to try midwestern favourites like cheese curds, taste craft beer brewed in the region, and enjoy a sample of homemade gelato. In addition to trying some of the city’s best food, you’ll also get to explore some great areas of the city, including St. Anthony Falls and Mill City Museum.
Minneapolis Riverwalk Food Tour
Duration: 3 hours
Minneapolis is for lovers
The city of Minneapolis offers plenty of great date night options. Whether you want a romantic restaurant, a trip to look at some art, or would prefer to unwind with a few drinks, there’s a little something for everyone. So pick your favourite option and start planning your romantic evening.
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