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Hi all - I'll be in Minneapolis in April for 2 nights during the week for business. I'll be staying at the Hilton at 1001 Marquette Avenue South. I was hoping to find a lively place for drinks and dinner within walking distance. We usually get out of meetings late and the crowd I'm with tends to want to stay close to the hotel. I see that Hell's Kitchen is close, but it looks like it's more for breakfast. We don't need fine dining, in fact, a lively bar with good food would be fine too. Any recommendations? Thanks!

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Hell's Kitchen
80 South 9th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402

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  1. There are good food spots with bars in them. Lively is a relative term, but you will be there on a Saturday night, so that improves your chances.

    Porter and Frye (eclectic) is a very short walk. Same with Vincent (French Country). I recentlly had good meals at both places. Masa (upscale Mexican) is also a very short walk. I was also there recently -- food good, service having a bad night. A fourth place that is also a very short walk is The Inn (small plates). I haven't been there, but they've had decent reviews.

    Short walk in all of these cases is no more than two blocks.

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    1. re: Brad Ballinger

      Thanks! These are great suggestions. Actually, I won't be there on a Saturday, I'll be there on Tuesday and Wednesday. Lively IS a relative term - I guess I mean music with a beat and a bit of a crowd as opposed to a very quiet place.

      1. re: trininva

        I read 2 nights in April as two nights starting April 2. My bad. The places I mentioned will be quiet (no music). Could have some crowd if the business hotels are full. The recommendation below for the Dakota is a good one for pretty good food and music. And the other recs below will have a livelier bar scene, but lacking in food quality. I like Bradstreet, but I limited my recs to shorter walks.

    2. Most places are going to be up a few blocks on Nicollete mall. There a a bunch of choices. In no particular order: Brits Pub, Barrio, The Local, The Newsroom, The Dakota Jazz club, Lyons Pub, Kieran's Irish Pub, Bradstreet (in the Graves Hotel). On the other side of Loring Park from you is Joe's Garage, they have a good happy hour too.

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      Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
      1010 Nicollet, Minneapolis, MN 55403

      Joe's Garage
      1610 Harmon Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403

      Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment
      1110 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

      The Local
      931 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402

      Kieran's Irish Pub
      330 2nd Ave S Ste 101, Minneapolis, MN 55401

      Lyon's Pub
      16 S 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

      News Room
      990 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

      Barrio
      925 Nicolett Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402

      Bradstreet Craftshouse Restaurant
      601 First Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55403

      1. I like Bradstreet, Cosmos (in the same hotel as Bradstreet), D'Amico Kitchen (although it has been a while since I went there), Barrio, Masa, and Solera (I'm partial to tapas).

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        Masa
        1070 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

        Solera
        900 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

        D'Amico Kitchen
        901 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403