As a former St. Paul native now living in Minneapolis,. I’ve overheard plenty of people talk down on the capital city as having nothing to do. While I’ll admit it isn’t exactly as bustling as the 612, there’s still plenty of things to do late night in St. Paul, many of which have a unique flavor of their own that would be worth the trip across the river for all you die-hard Minneapolitans. Here’s some of the best spots to visit:
235 6th St E # 100
Downtown St. Paul was not always seen as a destination spot after 9PM when I was living there, but thanks in part to the new tequila bar Barrio in Lowertown, that’s changed. The excellently decorated establishment offers really great Mexican food, loud live DJs, and just about every brand of tequila you could ever want. Drinks can be somewhat pricy and a table can be difficult to find, but it is certainly worth it, especially for the atmosphere. The bar is typically packed with attractive, young and hip folks, making it one of St. Paul’s premiere nightlife spots.
The Artists’ Quarter
408 Saint Peter Street
For a more laid back vibe, the Artists’ Quarter provides the perfect venue to see live jazz music. The candle-lit bar is comfortable and classy, and definitely an excellent date spot. AQ has a more intimate vibe than most other music places around town, and prices are typically between a $5 and $10 cover. They have music most nights, which is consistently excellent.
The Turf Club
1601 University Avenue West
For more of the grungy side of things, the Midway’s Turf Club has held up as one of the Twin Cities best places to grab a cheap drink and watch some loud and raucous music. Usually hosting the best in local music, the dive has been host to some (relatively) big-name alternative musicians, and is highly recommended for anyone who appreciates tightly packed venues with great sound and a punk sensibility.