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Minneapolis Visitor’s Guide: The where, when, and what to do for UVA fans

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From food to drinks to culture, we’ve got your whole weekend covered

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Because there just so happens to be a Final Four going on in Minneapolis this weekend, we thought we’d provide y’all who are lucky enough to attend with a list of things the city has to offer. Who knows, maybe it will even help take your mind off of Saturday’s game.

First, let’s get to know the main areas:

Downtown: Business, entertainment (theaters and stadiums).

Northeast: Breweries, old corner bars, and modest residences.

North Loop/Warehouse: Up-and-coming part of downtown along Washington Avenue. Where all the young people, who can afford it, move - fancy lofts, great restaurants, and bars.

Uptown/South Minneapolis: Close to the Chain of Lakes (Cedar Lake, Lake of the Isles, Bde Maka Ska, Lake Harriet). Classic craftsman-style homes and duplexes, corner bars and restaurants. Great area to be on a sunny day.

Chicago Bears v Minnesota Vikings
A view of Minneapolis downtown.
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Ok, now let’s see what’s going on:

Virginia-related events

Nothing better than celebrating UVA’s first Final Four in 35 years than with some fellow Wahoo fans! All events below are courtesy of the UVA Club of the Twin Cities and the Office of Engagement in Minneapolis.

Wahoo Welcome: Mansion at Uptown, 2901 Hennepin Ave.

Enjoy a cash bar at The Mansion at Uptown from 9:00 PM - 11:30 PM on Friday night. Tickets will cost $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Cavalier Pre-game Social: The Grand 1858, 212 2nd St. SE

Gear up for the 6:09 PM tip-off with one (or two) cocktails at The Grand’s cash bar. Same pricing as The Mansion.

UVA Lifetime Learning - Museum Tours at the MIA: Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Ave. South

Hopefully everyone is still around on Sunday to have the time to experience the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Fans can take part in the museum’s public tour at 1:00 PM free of charge, and, if you so choose, join the Egypt’s Sunken Cities Tour later at 2:30 PM for a $10 advanced registration.

UVA Fan Welcome & Hospitality Table: Marquette Hotel Lobby, 710 Marquette Ave.

Also note that there will be a welcome station for UVA fans at the Marquette Hotel Lobby over the next four days. The schedule is as follows:

Friday 4:00 - 7:00 | Saturday 10:00 – 2:00 | Sunday 10:00 – 4:00 | Monday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Breweries

Because everyone needs a craft beer. Ratings are based off numbers from beeradvocate.com.

Surly (4.01/5): One of the main destinations of the Twin Cities, Surly is the only brewery to offer both excellent beer and excellent food.

In the North Loop/Warehouse district: Modist (3.99/5), Inbound (3.81/5), and Fulton (3.95/5).

In the Northeast district: Bauhaus (3.85/5), Indeed (3.94/5), Dangerous Man (3.91/5), and Fair State (3.98/5).

Bars

Marvel Bar: A craft-cocktail speakeasy found just below the Bachelor Farmer restaurant on Second Avenue.

Parlor Bar: In the Warehouse District, Parlor Bar is located below the Borough restaurant.

Bradstreet Crafthouse: Locations at both Lowry Hill in South Minneapolis and at the Intercontinental in the airport.

Restaurants

Hoos hungry?

A staple of the Minneapolis food culture is the “Juicy Lucy” - a stuffed cheeseburger that comes in a variety of concoctions. While two of the city’s main dive bars named The 5-8 Club and Matt’s Bar both claim to be the founders of the Minneapolis delicacy, they are only two of the countless restaurants who try their hand at burger fame. Interested in a more gourmet version? Head over to one of the Red Cow or Blue Door Pub’s locations.

Midtown Global Market: An internationally-themed indoor public market in South Minneapolis.

Young Joni and Pizzeria Lola: Think casual Italian.

Bar La Grassa, Tilia, Martina: For the folks interested in good food at a relatively cheap price (AKA me).

112 Eatery, Spoon & Stable, Bachelor Farmer: A little pricier, but also higher quality.

#Culinary Kickoff
Food being prepared inside the Spoon And Stables Restaurant ahead of Super Bowl LII.
Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for #Culinary Kickoff

Activities

The Chain of Lakes: Enjoy some of that Minneapolis sun (I think it’s not snowing?) around the most visited setting in the city’s park system.

East and West River Road: Take a run or have a walk downtown along the Mississippi River.

Shopping

Mall of America: One of the Twin Cities’ most well-known destinations, Mall of America is the largest shopping mall in the United States. You can find the 4-level center that features hundreds of stores, restaurants, a cinema, an aquarium, and even a theme park within minutes of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

North Loop/Warehouse District: One of the city’s most popular shopping areas.

50th and France: A great place to enjoy boutiques and cafes.

Candytopia Minneapolis Opening At Mall Of America Preview Event
A sculpture inside Minnesota’s Mall of America.
Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images for Candytopia

Of course, this is not everything there is to do in Minneapolis, so go out and explore! Special thanks to Mary Katherine, Mike, and Kate at the UVA Club of the Twin Cities for the recommendations.