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A guide to local favorites in the Northeast Arts District

Corner view of the ferris wheel at Betty Danger's Country Club.
  • By Cinnamon Janzer
  • Photos by Nina Robinson
Northeast Arts District
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The best thing about Northeast is its eclectic vibe — this is the neighborhood where old and new Minneapolis meet. The southern portion of the neighborhood is filled with dive bars that have been around for decades, award-winning new restaurants, breweries and art studios galore that come even more alive during the annual Art-a-Whirl studio tour, while the farther north you go, the more residential it gets, until finally transitioning into the suburbs. The Arts District is a highly walkable area within it that offers a little of everything that makes greater Northeast the neighborhood that it is.

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Northeast Arts District

Grumpy’s Bar
When it comes to iconic Minneapolis dive bars, Grumpy’s is it. It’s been around for ages and serves up local beer in an appropriately grimy setting alongside all of the Minnesota bar food (cheese curds and other deep-fried delicacies) you could ask for.
Grumpy’s Bar, 2200 Fourth St. NE, Minneapolis, Minn. 55418
Ritz Theater
This tiny theater has been beloved by Minneapolitans since 1926. Along with performances of shows like “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” the Ritz has paired up with Surdyk’s to offer food and drinks.
Ritz Theater, 345 13th Ave. NE. Minneapolis, Minn. 55413
Erté & the Peacock Lounge
In a supper-club atmosphere, Erté serves up French-American food with a specialization in steak along with live music on the weekends. Cross into the opulent Peacock Bar in the back for classic cocktails and arguably some of the best martinis in the city.
Erté & the Peacock Lounge, 323 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, Minn. 55413
Sikora’s Polish market
A self-proclaimed Little Poland in the middle of Northeast, Sikora’s items will strike a nostalgic chord with anyone of that heritage (think pierogies and sausages). The best move is stopping by to get a sandwich for lunch.
Sikora’s Polish market, 1625 Washington St. NE, Minneapolis, Minn. 55413
This German beer hall offers traditional fare, like bratwurst and meat-and-cheese plates. It’s got a patio space that makes for a great warm-weather hangout and a Das Boot drinking competition.
Gasthof’s, 2300 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis, Minn. 55418
Think cheap drinks and bands called the Rolling Stoners, and you’ve got an idea of Mayslack’s Bar and Grill. This is a Minnesota dive if there ever were one; it’s popular with everyone from longtime residents to hipsters.
Mayslack’s, 1428 Fourth St. NE, Minneapolis, Minn. 55418
The Cat and the Cobra
It would be a crime to leave Northeast without doing at least a little vintage shopping, and Cat and the Cobra is one of the best. It’s stocked with vintage Harley-related gear along with the exact types of T-shirts and boots that create a perfectly thrifted look.
The Cat and the Cobra, 1842 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis, Minn. 55418
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Cinnamon Janzer
Cinnamon lived in Minneapolis in the late 2000s while getting her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus. After years of living elsewhere, she visited a friend in the western Twin City in summer 2016 and quickly remembered how much she loved it. She moved back soon after.
Nina Robinson
Nina is a contributing photographer to The Washington Post based in Minneapolis.