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Matt's Bar is a neighborhood favorite boasting one particularly famous and beloved specialty: the Jucy Lucy. This Minneapolis favorite is a cheeseburger with the cheese stuffed on the inside of the burger instead of melted on top. Matt's has been featured on the Travel Channel's hit show, Man vs. Food, with the spotlight on, you guessed it, the Jucy Lucy. This dive bar has been a favorite of locals and visitors alike for over 25 years. If you are looking for the opposite of a stylish, swanky bar and food experience, Matt's is your ideal place for a bite and a beer.
Vegas Lounge is comfortable, unpretentious and inexpensive - which is exactly why it's one of the most beloved bars in Northeast Minneapolis. This dive bar has drinks, pool tables and karaoke, making it a lively destination, even if it lacks the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas Strip.
If you like to visit sites that have been immortalized on the silver screen, be sure to stop by this very happening recreation hall. The bar was a set for the movie Grumpy Old Men. If that is not enough reason to drop in, how about playing a game of bocce ball on the dirt courts in the lower level. Irish culture thrives in St. Paul and for twenty years this recreation hall has been featuring live Irish folk bands. The 'Rec' is actually two bars in one; one side of the large room is dedicated to the pool table and dartboard crowd, while the other half consists of dimly lit tables and a velvet curtained stage. The large bar presides down the center. Grab a pint of your favorite ale or brew and visit both sides of the room. Munch on an appetizer and listen to the Emerald Isle's favorite tunes. ATM on premises.
Casper & Runyon's Nook is something of a local institution, the restaurant has a long tradition of serving up delicious burgers to hungry patrons for over seven decades. Bought by the two restaurateurs, the Nook still serves the original burgers for which it became so popular. The restaurant is small, but has a casual, relaxed vibe and is a great place to stop by for a bite and drink with friends. Wash down your burger with a cold beer from their selection. The restaurant stocks both bottled and on-tap varieties. Popular favorites include Mickey's Original Hamburger, Bacon Cheeseburger, Juicy Nook Burger and a side of home-made fries. For more information, visit the website.
In a world of smart bars, sports bars and smoke-free bars, this bar is almost a throw back to a different era. It is a stereotypical beer pub catering to a singles crowd. A favorite hangout for local rock musicians including Soul Asylum and the Replacements, the entertainment strays toward the rock/punk rock genre. Listen to the music, have a beer or two and try your luck at a game of pool or darts. The pub grub menu includes burgers, sandwiches and appetizers. Breakfast is served every day. You might even catch a glimpse of a famous Hollywood face such as past visitors Tom Arnold and Darryl Hannah.
Northeast Palace is a dive bar in Northeast Minneapolis that offers cheap drinks and an always friendly crowd of patrons. There are also karaoke nights at this bar, when you can hear Disney classics, Katy Perry pop and Elton John all in one night. The comfortable atmosphere makes everyone feel like a karaoke star.