10 Best Nightclubs In Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Fondly known as the City of Lakes, Minneapolis is one of the pillars of the ‘Twin Cities’ and a booming metropolis in the state of Minnesota. It is an eclectic combination of the best of nature, culture, arts, as well as spirit, and it’s perhaps this pleasant bemusement that makes it such a super hit. Not just a champion of heavyweight things, Minneapolis is about tons of fun too. Let’s not miss mentioning its vibrant party scene that attracts thousands of tourists each weekend. Go through this list of the best nightclubs in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and be ready to put your favourite pair of dancing shoes (or heels).

1. The Exchange & Alibi Lounge

Upping the party scene in Minneapolis is the premier The Exchange & Alibi Lounge. There’s swanky interiors, exclusive VIP seating, two full bars, a dedicated photo booth, and a sizeable dance floor, all for its guests to enjoy. Their music adds to the fun vibe of the place and the safe atmosphere lets its guests enjoy to their fullest. Safe to say that it’s one of the best nightclubs in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Exchange & Alibi Lounge

Address: B100 South 5th #10, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Website: The Exchange & Alibi Lounge

Opening hours: Thu - Sat: 10pm - 2am (closed from Sun - Wed)

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2. Ground Zero Nightclub

If you’re fond of the spooky and macabre, Ground Zero Nightclub is where you should be. Every Friday night is some gothic horror-inspired theme and every Saturday is about bondage shows. Sometimes Harry Potter-themed parties are also thrown in. The place is amplified decorations, groovy lighting, rocking music, and guests dressed to their A-game brought under one roof. Do note that they only accept payment in cash, so carry enough for the evening.

Ground Zero Nightclub

Address: 15 SE 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Website: Ground Zero Nightclub

Opening hours: Fri - Sat: 10pm - 2am (closed from Sun - Thu)

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3. Kitty Cat Klub

Decorated in a haunted-home style is the Kitty Cat Klub, one of Minneapolis’s coolest and most chilled out nightclubs. Don’t be surprised by its unassuming outward appearance, step in and you’ll realize what a fab place this is. There’s lots of space to dance, live music performances, reasonable rates, and a superb atmosphere to make you fall in love with the place.

Kitty Cat Klub

Address: 315 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Website: Kitty Cat Klub

Opening hours: 4pm - 2am (daily)

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4. Club

Shake a leg to rocking live music at 331 Club. They call themselves a ‘friendly neighbourhood bar’ and host new musicians and artists each day of the week. Check their website for gig details and put it on your must-visit list. Add to that, no cover charges! Now, ain’t that a sweet deal?

331 Club

Address: 331 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Website: 331 Club

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 1pm - 2am; Sat - Sun: 12pm - 2am

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5. Club Underground

They take their name quite seriously. Step down a flight of stairs and you’ll have Club Underground hosting its comedy gigs, live music performances, or DJ nights. It is reasonably priced and has many regular customers, so head to experience what a no-frills bar outing in Minneapolis is like.

Club Underground

Address: 355 Monroe St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Website: Club Underground

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 8am - 2am; Sat - Sun: 9am - 2am

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6. Rouge At The Lounge

Are you a college goer looking to party with a similarly aged crowd? Rouge At The Lounge is the place you should head to. You’ll mostly find younger patrons, dancing and boozing away to glory, having a whale of a time here. Other than that, it is usually not very crowded or is unusually expensive.

Rouge At The Lounge

Address: 411 N 2nd Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Website: Rouge At The Lounge

Opening hours: Thu - Sat: 10pm - 2am (closed from Sun - Wed)

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7. The Saloon

Owned by proud LGBTQ supporters, The Saloon is wild, wet, exciting, and friendly. It attracts a predominantly gay clientele and is popular for its rub-a-dub (shower platform) evenings and other fun shows. Their Pride Block Parties are quite famous, so check the details on their website and try attending it.

The Saloon

Address: 830 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Website: The Saloon

Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 12pm - 2am; Thu & Sun: 12pm - 2:30am; Fri - Sat: 12pm - 3am

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LUSH is food, drinks, entertainment, and a whole lot of energy within four walls. Not the usual nightclub, it opens its doors quite early on weekdays and stays open practically the entire day on weekends. Not just their evenings, even their drag brunches on weekends are quite famous. The place is the quintessential LGBTQ and community club.


Address: 990 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis

Website: LUSH

Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 4pm - 12am; Thu - Sat: 10am - 2am; Sun: 10am - 12am

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9. Belle Ame Lounge

A multi-themed lounge and bar, Belle Ame Lounge offers the best of stand-up comedy gigs, DJ evenings, and live musical performances that’ll get you in the mood for an amazing evening. The staff is friendly, music choices are interesting, and the owner, Ashley, parties with you!

Belle Ame Lounge

Address: 400 3rd Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Website: Belle Ame Lounge

Opening hours: Thu - Sun: 10pm - 2am (closed from Mon to Wed)

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10. Dakota

Primarily a jazz club, Dakota has been consistently providing incredible service and superb music shows in Minneapolis since the early 2000s. The place converts into a dance club after 7pm as they remove quite a bit of their table-seating from the main area, leaving ample space for guests to let their hair loose. Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to find a table for yourself, they don’t remove all of them.


Address: 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Website: Dakota

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 4pm - 2am; Sat - Sun: 5pm - 2am

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Folks at Minneapolis definitely are party pros. Their nightlife is all that you may have heard and more – loud, rowdy, unique, and incredibly amazing. Use this list of the best nightclubs in Minneapolis, Minnesota and guarantee yourself a night scene like never before.

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