User's guide to Uptown nightlife

  • Updated: March 25, 2013 - 4:16 PM

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1. William’s Uptown Pub & Peanut Bar

2911 Hennepin Av. S., www.williamsminneapolis.com

Opened: 1974

Prime time: 10 p.m. to close

What to order: Beer by the liter

Atmosphere: Uptown’s oldest bar attracts a young crowd. Upstairs, backward-capped bros shoot pool surrounded by preened princesses, while peanut shells cover the basement floor like an unkempt frat house.

2. Social House

2919 Hennepin Av. S., www.socialhousempls.com

Opened: 2011

Prime time: 8 p.m. to midnight

What to order: 100 Proof Hustle (house-infused espresso vodka, Tia Maria, Kahlua, Frangelico, house espresso)

Atmosphere: Amid Lagoon and Hennepin’s bro-bar alley, this lounge-y fusion joint is a date-spot oasis. The Social House pairs well with the nearby Uptown Theatre and Lagoon Cinema.

3. Uptown Tavern & Rooftop

1400 Lagoon Av., www.uptowntavernmpls.com

Opened: 2012

Prime time: 11 p.m. to close

What to order: Indeed Midnight Ryder/beer-tub domestics

Atmosphere: The renamed Drink is still an Uptown party bar: loud, sloppy and flirtatious. But its beer list is surprisingly solid. Lines are common.

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