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Best Concert Venues in Minneapolis

| October 5, 2022

If you’ve ever lived in or traveled to the Twin Cities, you know that Minneapolis is one of the best destinations for musical performances in the country—after all, Prince lived here!

From local talent to international artists, our city has welcomed musicians who represent a wide range of genres, including hip hop, rock, soul, country, trance, R&B, jazz, gospel, reggae, new age—you get the idea!

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As experts in ground transportation, we have served the Metro area for years, which means we know all the best places to dine, celebrate a special event, or catch a live performance. Whether you’re planning a special date night, or looking to attend an upcoming show with your closest friends, we’ve listed our top 5 favorite concert venues to visit in downtown Minneapolis, MN.

First Avenue

We really couldn’t start this list off without paying homage to one of the best concert venues in the city—not to mention one of the longest-running, independently owned venues in the United States. This two-story, local favorite has welcomed artists traveling from all over the globe. It has also served as a launching point for many popular musicians you listen to today, including Prince, Lizzo, the Replacements, and more!

We also like First Avenue because it’s not just a concert venue. It also hosts many private events throughout the year (just ask them about their annual Halloween party and costume contest!). That means when they’re not hosting famous bands, they’re throwing dance parties with live DJs.

Fine Line

Less than a six minute walk from First Avenue, and located in the Warehouse District, sits Fine Line. This venue also has a long history of hosting influential musicians from around the world. Though a bit smaller in size when compared to First Avenue, this venue is complete with two bars, and an upstairs balcony for private seating. This is a great venue to check out local talent in the area!


Want to enjoy some live entertainment without getting too close and personal with strangers? The Armory offers private suites and table reservations to allow you the fun and excitement of the live show paired with a first-class experience.

This venue is massive and offers a one-of-a-kind experience for guests, whether you opt for a VIP table or decide to stay on the lower level with the rest of the crowd. You’ll love its dome shape, friendly bartenders and massive space [i.e., breathing room]. Did we mention they also have some of the best entertainment in the area?

Hook & Ladder Theater

If you’re after a more intimate concert scene, the Hook & Ladder Theater welcomes independent artists, as well as theatrical performances. They also offer a wide selection of local craft beers and wines to enjoy with friends as you unwind and tune in to a diverse array of vocalists and performance artists.

Varsity Theater

Named the “crown jewel” of Minneapolis’ Dinkytown District, the Varsity Theater offers live performances that include musicians, comedians, and dance parties. They also play host to many private events throughout the years. In keeping up with its surroundings, this venue offers a hip, elegant meeting place for friends to gather and listen to great entertainment over some tasty cocktails!

Concert Transportation Near Me

In truth, it’s hard to narrow down the best concert venues in Minneapolis to only 5 destinations. But no matter which venue (or venues) you choose, trust Executive Transportation to help you arrive there on time and with confidence. We offer special event transportation, including concert transportation, for individuals, couples, and large groups. Thanks to our private fleet of luxury vehicles, you and your guests can travel in comfort and navigate the busy downtown area with ease—no matter the size of your party.

Our professional chauffeurs will drop you off at each destination and arrive to pick you up promptly, so you never need to wait around. We’re driven to provide you with a first-class experience, and that begins with making safety a top priority. 

After all, when you go out for the night, your focus should be having a great time and making new memories—not worrying about how you’ll get there. Trust our team to handle all the details, so you always arrive on time for the main event!

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