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Playin' Hooky in the Twin Cities

An October 2000 trip to Minneapolis by pitchypatchy

Quote: Fun stuff to do in the Twin Cities when it's not snowing.

Playin' Hooky in the Twin Cities

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Overview

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This was my first visit to the Twin Cities. I was attending a conference in downtown Minneapolis and had quite a bit of free time to check out the scene. I was immediately surprised at the ethnic diversity there; not everyone looks like Garrison Keillor! Some highlights: for lodging - Marquette Hotel, for jazz - the Artist’s Quarter in St. Paul, for Museum’s - Walker Art Center and the Swedish American Institute, for lunch - Keys Café, for dinner - Café Havana. Quick Tips: If you're downtown, start with the Nicollet Mall corridor. Other safe bets are the Warehouse District and the Uptown District for fun stuff to do.Best Way To Get Around: Downtown Minneapolis is ver...Read More

The Marquette Minneapolis

Hotel | "Marquette Hotel"

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The Marquette Hotel is very classy and in a great location downtown. It was a little over of my usual travel budget but was worth it. I especially like independent accomodations i.e. not chains.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

The Marquette Minneapolis
710 Marquette Ave.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
(612) 333-4545

Keys Cafe & Bakery

Restaurant | "Keys Cafe"

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On the southern end of Nicollet Mall I enjoyed going to a bustling little lunch spot called Keys Cafe. The service was very fast and the food was high quality for a good price. The menu was also quite extensive. If you're really in a hurry they also have a walk up deli counter near the entrance. The brick size rice crispy treats caught my eye!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Keys Cafe & Bakery
1007 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
(612) 339-6399

Cafe Havana

Restaurant

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I had a very good meal at the Cafe Havana, a trendy fine dining establishment with some innovative cuban food. I ate a salmon fillet stuffed with avocado. Que rico! Naturally, Cafe Havana is cigar friendly so I took advantage and lit up a Macanudo.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment

Restaurant | "Brit's Pub"

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I went to Brit's Pub to have a pint next to their authentic rooftop lawn bowling green. It was after work on a Friday and the place was packed with yuppies. The service was very slow but it's a cool place. Inside is very dark with lots of wood paneling like a real British pub. Cheers, mate.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment
1110 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
(612) 332-3908

Artists' Quarter

Attraction | "Artist's Quarter"

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The Artist's Quarter in St. Paul is a subterranean hot spot for jazz lovers. I saw Mose Allison there; it has a great atmosphere and wasn't too smoky. The Tuesday night house band comes highly recommended.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Artists' Quarter
408 Saint Peter St
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55102
(651) 292-1359

Herkimer the Pub and Brewery

Attraction | "Herkimer Pub"

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The Herkimer Pub in the groovy Uptown area has an interesting pub menu and stylish ambience. Lots of local hipsters hang there. I went on a Saturday afternoon and they had two for one pints. I liked the dunkelweizen. I had an enormous Herki burger which I could barely finish.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Herkimer the Pub and Brewery
2922 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408
(612) 821-0101

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

Attraction | "Rock Bottom Brewery"

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The Rock Bottom Brewery is a large noisy place with lots of beer selections and a decent menu. There were a lot of interesting characters that came up and talked to me at the bar. The blue corn chicken enchiladas were adequate. Lots of monitors and a big screen make it a good place to watch sports.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
800 LaSalle Ave
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
(612) 332-2739

Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Attraction | "Walker Art Center"

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If you like contemporary art in a great urban setting, this place rocks! Check out the amazing bottle sculpture in the lobby and their film & video program.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
725 Vineland pl
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
(612) 375-7622

American Swedish Institute

Attraction | "Swedish American Institute"

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Located in an incredible turn of the century mansion built by a Swedish newspaper publisher, the Institute has a diverse collection of art and historical objects relating to Swedish culture in Minnesota. The mansion has some of the most incredible woodcarving I have ever seen. Be sure and take the guided tour which goes into all the details of the house.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407
(612) 871-4907