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Sep 24, 2009 09:59 AM

Minneapolis bars in Lake Harriet area ?

I am new to the Cities and I am looking for a neighborhood bar around the 50th and Xerxes area. I've been to 50th and France and its stinks of yuppies. I am looking for something in my neighborhood that is a more relaxed low key hang out. Some place with drinks, food and no pretences. I like dives so any suggestions along these would be appreciated.

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  1. I was just talking about this last night. I don't know of any around there, but Linden Hills desperately needs a bar. It would be great in that area.

    1. Heh, good luck. There is very little in that area that isn't geared towards upper-middle to upper class residents and the bars (or lack of) in the area directly reflect that. Definitely no dives. I do recall a buddy of mine saying that there was a little place in the strip mall on 44th & France that had beer & darts, but I can't personally vouch for it.

      If you are okay with driving, there are some great places further in to the city around uptown a couple of miles away, or there are places like The Frenchmen's around 66th & Portland. But as far as places you can walk to from your house, grab a cheap beer, watch the game and play pool/darts while good music blasts from a killer jukebox, I think you may be out of luck.

      1. I live in the same neighborhood ,and coincidentally was just talking to some friends in the area about the need for a corner bar. For any bar owners, this would be a prime location for such a place. The closest is Chatterbox Pub off 44th and France, which is within walking distance if you're open to a stroll.

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        1. re: karakutie

          Went to the Chaterbox Pub - and they don't even have a bar! It looks like it's more of a family place than anything else.....I think you're going to have to head to Uptown to find the kind of place you're looking for. The Uptown Bar would fit well from your description....

          1. re: Maggie19

            The Uptown is not long for this world and most of Uptown these days is family-oriented or for young-suburbanite types. (I say this as an Uptown-dwelling family oriented type.) I was going to suggest heading down Penn into Richfield. I'm not completely familiar with the area down there, but believe that there are a few neighborhood hangouts on Penn south of 62.

            1. re: bob s

              Well I think the Uptown would be better than the places around 50th and France .... and yes the Uptown is going down, but it may live on at a new spot ... There's always Matts Bar (which would be perfect - but not real close to Lk Harriet) ..

              1. re: bob s

                Agreed, The Uptown Bar is on its way out due to redevelopment. There are still real bars left in the area though...Lyle's, Mortimer's, the C.C., and the Country Bar come to mind. Then there are the less "divey" places like the Bulldog, the Herkimer, etc.

                I think you are right about Penn in Richfield though. There used to be a spot or two right south of 66th & Penn.

                1. re: magz0r

                  Agree that LynLake is probably a better bet than the area around Calhoun Square (which, to my provincial eyes, is the center of Uptown) for the type of place the OP is looking for. I agree with you Maggie that the Uptown will be a better choice for as long as it lasts.

                  1. re: bob s

                    The place south of 62 on Penn is Sandy's. It's actually just south of 66th. It is definitely a dive (it used to be a speakeasy back in the 30s). Good hamburgers and good beer. Just a beer and wine license, no hard alcohol. I live at roughly 55th and Penn and there are truely no good bars of any kind in the area. Cafe Maude actually has a nice bar but is the antithesis of a dive bar. Great live music on the weekends though!