The City of Lakes doesn't mess around when it comes to places to explore. Minneapolis, Minnesota, features 13 lakes, numerous wetlands, the Mississippi River, and a network of creeks and waterfalls throughout its parks. A strong milling history, fresh-n-funky music scene, and thriving art culture make this First City of the West a gem to visit. While you're there, drop in on these locations to play a bit of shuffleboard!
The Bulldog Northeast
401 East Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Ten years old this year, the Bulldog Northeast features a regularly rotating cast of 24 beers on tap, plus classic American cuisine. Oh, and shuffleboard! Fries, tater tots, and burgers are taken to the next level (a peanut butter and bacon burger!?) and Texas chili with cornbread are reliable favorites that have been elevated. Sausages, salads, and sandwiches make for a great snack, but chicken and waffles, and tater tot hot dish will fill you up. Share wontons, tacos, pretzels and nachos while you play games. And that's just the main menu. There's a whole other one for vegetarians and brunch fare! Craft cocktails, wine, tap beers, and cans are on hand to wash it down.
712 Ontario Avenue W. #100
Minneapolis, MN 55403
In the endless slog of life, at least there is beer! And comedy! And games! The taproom doesn't have food, but allows you to carry in and often has food trucks depending on the schedule. It's also family-friendly, so you can bring the kiddos along to school them at shuffleboard and other games. They also offer growlers and growlettes to take home a refreshing beer if you find a favorite, but don't want to overindulge. It has a comfortable, yet modern industrial feel, and you may spy an occasional pooch - slobbery stars of the Sisyphus crew. Live, standup comedy nights are a favorite.
1110 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN, 55403
Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment is a classic place to let out your inner Englishman. "Serving scholars and scoundrels since 1990," Brit's Pub is the place for games like shuffleboard and their signature lawn bowling. Similar to bocce ball, the bowls are rolled rather than tossed. Curl up by the fireplace with a pint, and take in international football (soccer) and rugby games on the TVs. Food ranges from classic British pub Scotch eggs to American bar chicken wings. Samosas, cock-a-leekie soup, diverse salads, and other pub favorites like bangers and mash, fish and chips, shepherd's pie, toasties and sandwiches, round out the nibbles. Still hungry? How about some Guinness pot roast or a London broil, finished with some sticky toffee bread pudding? God save the queen!
518 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414
All it took was some time in Europe for the founders of Spitz to realize the glory of Mediterranean "street food" like doner kebab needed to be in their lives. They combined those elements with California freshness, and a star was born. Try a "doquito" mashup of doner and taquito, or the fries topped with a Berliner red sauce, tzatziki, cabbage and carrot slaw, cucumber, tomato, onion, feta, olives, pepperoncinis, feta, and your choice of meat. The party made its way to Minneapolis, where the restaurant features local craft beer and hearty portions of food. Local records make up some of the decor on the wide open cement walls, graffiti homages
to legendary musicians like Prince, and shuffleboard of course! Decks of cards
and board games are also on hand for down time between turns.
Indeed Brewing Company
711 15th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Head on down to the right side of the tracks into the heart of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District and you'll find Indeed Brewing. The full-scale production brewery has an eclectic lineup of flagship beers, seasonal releases, and other specialty brews spread over two taprooms! Take a tour of the brewery or settle into the bar, play cribbage and shuffleboard, and enjoy treats from various local food trucks scheduled throughout the week. Beers come in four different sizes and the ambiance is warm and inviting, so you can hang out and enjoy at a leisurely pace.
Feeling a bit overwhelmed by The Mini Apple? No worries. You can work on your shuffleboard skills at home - no night out needed! The Shuffleboard Federation has everything from
Heirloom to custom-made shuffleboard tables. You'll be adept at sending hangers in no time.
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