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Nightlife

Easy-going energy goes up when the sun goes down.

Greater St. Cloud has live theater in large and small venues and a diversity of live music (indoors and outside in parks and amphitheaters). From martini lounges to street dances to country bars, from national acts to local troupes, the nighttime hums here.

Laidback but lively, Greater St. Cloud has all the usual suspects that yield a fun night out, beginning with the hoppin’ craft beer scene. Beaver Island Brewing, Pantown Brewing and Granite City Brewery offer centrally-located taprooms near downtown St. Cloud. Head west toward St. Joseph to belly-up at Bad Habit Brewing or raise a glass to a majestic sunset at Milk & Honey Ciders. Keep going west to Cold Spring for a visit and tour of brewery veteran, Third Street Brewhouse. If you don’t make it to the source, there are plenty of local establishments with impressive tap lists that would be happy to give you a taste, including Old Capital Tavern, Partners Pub, White Horse and 7 West.

If high-vibe live music, dancing and DJs are more your thing, you’ll love the iconic Red Carpet in downtown St. Cloud, which offers guests a spectrum of nightlife experiences in and of itself. From two stage rooms to a pool hall and Club Red, you can spend an entire night exploring one of the area’s most beloved bars. Across the street is Pioneer Place on Fifth, a beautifully restored theatre with a well-rounded show list spanning genres. A few blocks over, The Nest (upstairs at The Pickled Loon) and Olde Brick House, a traditional Irish pub, are regular hosts of local and regional acts on the weekends. Over the river and into the wooden acreage of Molitor’s Quarry, party-seekers will enjoy indoor and outdoor live music events, themed events and more.

Fans of a quieter setting will adore hanging at The Veranda, a no-frills wine bar located in Pioneer on Fifth, and kicking back in the casually cozy Martini Lounge. Sophisticated cocktail seekers will delight at swanky, creole-inspired, Krewe, while Brick & Bourbon and Jules’ Bistro are favorited stops for a distinct drink list and dinner before catching a GREAT Theatre show or performance at Paramount Center for the Arts. When it’s time to watch the big game, locals flock to Boulder Tap House, Blue Line and Howie’s, where wings and TVs are plentiful. Classic spots like MC’s Dugout, H.R. Pesty’s, Jimmy’s Pour House and La Playette have been coveted watering holes for both residents and visitors for decades.