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Varsity Theater & Cafe des Artistes

Music Venue, Movie Theater, and Other Nightlife · Dinkytown
1308 4th St SE (at 13th Ave SE), Minneapolis, MN 55414, United States
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People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • 6:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 5:00 PM–1:00 AM
  • Thu
    • 5:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 5:00 PM–Midnight
  • Sat
    • 5:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 5:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 6:00 PM–10:00 PM

Based on 310 votes

People like this place

  • What you need to know
    "mezzanine tickets"(3 Tips)
    Sarah A.
    "Great for a more intimate feeling concert."(3 Tips)
    "live music at Varsity."(11 Tips)
    Todd O.
    "... down the street at Loring Pasta Bar and avoid TicketMaster fees."(2 Tips)
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68 tips and reviews.

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  • concerts
  • intimate
  • dancing
  • mezzanine
  • balcony
  • DJs
  • cute
  • restrooms
  • beer
  • staff
  • Courtney
    The mezzanine tickets are SO worth the extra $10 - a fraction of the people, your own bar & bathroom as well as tables and seating; the venue is so intimate, there's really not a bad seat in the house
    Courtney · May 19, 2015
  • City Pages
    Many music venues boost about their sound quality or their fantastic performers (both very true for Varsity Theater), but Varsity Theater can do them one better, having the Best Bathroom in America. Read more
    City Pages · January 16, 2015
  • City Pages
    Transmission by DJ Jake Rudh makes a monthly appearance and brings out the 30+ crowd to excess.When the music is right, Varsity can be a fantastic place with its Victorian decor and huge dance floor! Read more
    City Pages · April 2, 2013
  • City Pages
    Voted Best Concert Venue by City Pages in 2012! From the lush decor, to the style and color, to the lounge-like bathrooms, to the sound; There is no better way to get pampered than the Varsity.
    City Pages · May 25, 2012
  • Bing
    Even though Minneapolis is a cold city, this venue is a magical place! The people who live here love to see live music, and everyone should experience seeing live music at Varsity.” – Andy Grammer
    Bing · August 2, 2012
  • City Pages
    Voted Best Concert Venue by City Pages in 2012! From the lush decor, to the sight lines, and the sound- This place is faultless. There is no better way to get pampered than the Varsity.
    City Pages · January 4, 2013
  • Quinn M.
    Really cool bathrooms! Hard to see if you aren't up close to the stage as it's very narrow. The handicap section is close to the stage.
    Quinn M · August 26, 2014
  • Metromix
    Home to 1 of our picks for best bathrooms in the Twin Cities! The art deco atmosphere of the restrooms here are a Minneapolis treasure Read more
    Metromix · May 18, 2011
  • Tom D.
    If venue is full in lower level, watch for upper level to open and be ready so you can snag a good spot during the mad dash!
    Tom Dunn · November 19, 2011
  • Jamie C.
    The bathrooms at GORGEOUS. Staff is awesome, sight lines are fantastic, just the best venue the cities have to offer.
    Jamie Cleven · January 16, 2015
  • Shanna G.
    Very intimate venue, great sound and the addition of the balcony makes it a unique place to see a show.
    Shanna GD · November 6, 2010
  • Tami C.
    Say hi to Bartender Todd Dowd, he's the best! And tell them to put Muddy Paws Cheesecake on their events menu!
    Tami Cabrera · September 6, 2011
  • Brenda N.
    Great venue to see music but get there early because parking can be challenging in this area.
    Brenda Nelson · October 12, 2013
  • marky s.
    One of a kind venue for all things beautiful. Waitstaff are remarkable awesome people.
    marky sparkly · January 1, 2010
  • Mick Management
    We'll be here supporting Young the Giant on Feb. 20, 2012. Be sure to check it out, and wear neon and your dancing shoes. - Walk the Moon
    Mick Management · November 16, 2011
  • parker j.
    New Year's Eve 2014 Party at Varsity Theater - Minneapolis, MN early @ Tuesday December 31, 2013.Grab Your Tickets @
    parker jayden · December 18, 2013
  • Ian M.
    Go to the Varsity Theater to catch a good night of music. Keep the Summit EPA flowing and allow yourself to fall into a trance.
    Ian McConnell · December 5, 2009
  • sean b.
    I don't normally judge a place by it's bathrooms but you need to experience these.
    sean bray · May 27, 2011
  • Jenn M.
    All shows are great here. Pay for mezzanine of its an option.
    Jenn M · July 10, 2014
  • Terrass M.
    Went for a wedding. It's a beautiful venue. The bathrooms are cool too
    Terrass Misher · June 3, 2015
  • Leigh B.
    Best music venue in the Twin Cities! And it also has the sexiest bathroom grotto ever.
    Leigh Black · May 7, 2011
  • Corryn V.
    Check out the remodeled bathrooms (even if you don't need to go).
    Corryn Vitek · April 16, 2010
  • Neir d.
    Don't sit on the stairs, even in the dark corners where nobody goes. They're weird about that...
    Neir der Einzige · October 25, 2012
  • Cara
    Mezzanine is worth it for the people-watching alone. And seats, of course.
    Cara · January 27, 2014
  • Mark S.
    No air conditioning and no free tap water on the hottest day of the year. this place is cool. visit often. in th
    Mark Schumacher · July 19, 2011
  • Morgan
    Lets hope they have more that 2 bartenders for 200 people next time. The line for drinks was insane.
    Morgan · April 21, 2013
  • Jesse B.
    One of the tightest music venues in Minnesota... Probably third to Mn Zoo and Harmony Park!
    Jesse Brodd · March 7, 2010
  • Todd O.
    Get your tickets for shows down the street at Loring Pasta Bar and avoid TicketMaster fees.
    Todd O'Dowd · July 10, 2010
  • Daniel
    Very cool aesthetics, and yes its true the bathrooms are pretty cool.
    Daniel · March 20, 2013
  • Dan F.
    Recently remodeled and even a better music venue.
    Dan Ficker · February 12, 2010
  • Adam F.
    Great place to see a concert in the heart of Dinkytown.
    Adam Fleitman · December 20, 2014
  • Thomas J C.
    Designated driver & drinking soda? Keep your glass and get free refills from the bar all night.
    Thomas J Collins · September 2, 2009
  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
    Mpls.St.Paul Magazine March 2011 readers’ pick for best place to see a concert.
    Mpls.St.Paul Magazine · March 10, 2011
  • Josh H.
    Check out the bathrooms. Even tops Loring Pasta Bar!
    Josh Henninger · September 8, 2012
  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
    Mpls.St.Paul Magazine editors’ pick for best place to see a concert.
    Mpls.St.Paul Magazine · March 10, 2011
  • Sarah A.
    Great for a more intimate feeling concert. Read more
    Sarah Anderson · June 25, 2011
  • Matt G.
    Great place to see concerts and the best bathroom ever
    Matt G · July 27, 2013
  • Micah S.
    Get here early. The lines for the door are very slow moving.
    Micah Spieler · April 2, 2010
  • Wade H.
    Drink as much as you can as fast as you can.
    Wade Hauser · August 7, 2013
  • Sound In Motion
    Cute bartenders and good beats!
    Sound In Motion · November 18, 2011
  • Zach S.
    Try the free wifi. Really nice!
    Zach Smith · December 29, 2011
  • Kristopher S.
    One of the best music and dance venues in Mpls!
    Kristopher Sipe · November 1, 2012
  • Julie
    Great venue. Cool bathroom.
    Julie · December 23, 2010
  • Kara K.
    Holy cow their new bathroom is amazing.
    Kara Koskinen · January 15, 2011
  • City Pages
    We're at the @varsitytheater for #Communion. Stop by our table for free swag!
    City Pages · December 18, 2013
  • Morgan H.
    Seriously check out the bathrooms. Too cool!
    Morgan Halverson · February 8, 2012
  • Katherine B.
    Great music venue.
    Katherine Bastian · June 29, 2015
  • Ale W.
    Take a break from your beer and hydrate with a vitaminwater!
    Ale W · March 5, 2011
  • Lily
    The bathrooms are really cool.
    Lily · November 26, 2014
  • Benjamin Y.
    One of my favorite music venues in MN!
    Benjamin Y · November 20, 2014
  • Dan H.
    excellent music venue on U of M campus
    Dan Hennen · January 10, 2010
  • Jenn C.
    There's nothing, and I mean NOTHING, I wouldn't do in these bathrooms
    Jenn Chapman · May 16, 2012
  • Austin H.
    Transmission at the Varsity is the best!
    Austin Holm · August 7, 2014
  • Jeremy B.
    Last time I came here they ran out of oxygen.
    Jeremy Bushey · July 21, 2013
  • Jehrid H.
    You HAVE to go to the bathroom!
    Jehrid Hale · January 31, 2013
  • Roberta M.
    DIR EN GREY was awesome!
    Roberta Moeschter · November 18, 2013
  • Ali R.
    Visit the bathroom ! Really neat!
    Ali Rahier · August 18, 2013
  • Tarynn L.
    Coolest bathrooms ever. Seriously.
    Tarynn Law · May 26, 2012
  • Brett R.
    The bathrooms are cool!
    Brett Rosso · April 28, 2014
  • Rhett W.
    Check out the restrooms!
    Rhett Waldock · August 8, 2014
  • Christopher B.
    Live music, bathrooms
    Christopher Brooks · September 9, 2014
  • Ian O.
    Not actually a movie theatre
    Ian O'Neill · July 23, 2012
  • Brett S.
    Very.strong.long islands.
    Brett Schimke · January 28, 2012
  • Brittany L.
    Brittany LaMott · September 24, 2011
  • Brian S.
    Echosmith concert
    Brian Stauffer · March 13, 2015
  • Derek M.
    Vance Joy!
    Derek Moran · November 11, 2014
  • Elizabeth J.
    Quietdrive concet!!
    Elizabeth Jacobson · December 29, 2011
  • Allan E.
    This place is sweet,
    Allan Ellis · December 30, 2010

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