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Varsity Theater & Cafe des Artistes

Music Venue, Movie Theater, and Other Nightlife
Dinkytown, Minneapolis
  • Courtney
    "mezzanine tickets"(3 Tips)
    Sarah A.
    "Great for a more intimate feeling concert."(3 Tips)
    "live music at Varsity."(10 Tips)
    Jamie C.
    "... Staff is awesome, sight lines are fantastic, just the best venue the..."(2 Tips)
67 Tips and reviews
  • concerts
  • intimate
  • dancing
  • mezzanine
  • sight lines
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  • Courtney
    CourtneyMay 19, 2015
    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
  • City Pages
    City PagesApril 2, 2013
    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
    City PagesJanuary 16, 2015
    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
    City PagesMay 25, 2012
    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.
  • Bing
    BingAugust 2, 2012
    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
  • City Pages
    City PagesJanuary 4, 2013
    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.
  • Quinn M.
    Quinn MAugust 26, 2014
    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.
  • Jamie C.
    Jamie ClevenJanuary 16, 2015
    The bathrooms at GORGEOUS. Staff is awesome, sight lines are fantastic, just the best venue the cities have to offer.
  • Tom D.
    Tom DunnNovember 19, 2011
    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!
  • Brenda N.
    Brenda NelsonOctober 12, 2013
    Great venue to see music but get there early because parking can be challenging in this area.
  • Tami C.
    Tami CabreraSeptember 6, 2011
    Say hi to Bartender Todd Dowd, he's the best! And tell them to put Muddy Paws Cheesecake on their events menu!
  • Shanna G.
    Shanna GDNovember 6, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Very intimate venue, great sound and the addition of the balcony makes it a unique place to see a show.
  • Cara
    CaraJanuary 27, 2014
    Mezzanine is worth it for the people-watching alone. And seats, of course.
  • Jenn M.
    Jenn MJuly 10, 2014
    All shows are great here. Pay for mezzanine of its an option.
  • Leigh B.
    Leigh BlackMay 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best music venue in the Twin Cities! And it also has the sexiest bathroom grotto ever.
  • Terrass M.
    Terrass MisherJune 3, 2015
    Went for a wedding. It's a beautiful venue. The bathrooms are cool too
  • Daniel
    DanielMarch 20, 2013
    Very cool aesthetics, and yes its true the bathrooms are pretty cool.
  • Adam F.
    Adam FleitmanDecember 20, 2014
    Great place to see a concert in the heart of Dinkytown.
  • Mick Management
    Mick ManagementNovember 16, 2011
    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
  • parker j.
    parker jaydenDecember 18, 2013
    New Year's Eve 2014 Party at Varsity Theater - Minneapolis, MN early @ Tuesday December 31, 2013.Grab Your Tickets @
  • Morgan
    MorganApril 21, 2013
    Lets hope they have more that 2 bartenders for 200 people next time. The line for drinks was insane.
  • Kristopher S.
    Kristopher SipeNovember 1, 2012
    One of the best music and dance venues in Mpls!
  • Benjamin Y.
    Benjamin YNovember 20, 2014
    One of my favorite music venues in MN!
  • Josh H.
    Josh HenningerSeptember 8, 2012
    Check out the bathrooms. Even tops Loring Pasta Bar!
  • sean b.
    sean brayMay 27, 2011
    I don't normally judge a place by it's bathrooms but you need to experience these.
  • Wade H.
    Wade HauserAugust 7, 2013
    Drink as much as you can as fast as you can.
  • Neir d.
    Neir der EinzigeOctober 25, 2012
    Don't sit on the stairs, even in the dark corners where nobody goes. They're weird about that...
  • City Pages
    City PagesDecember 18, 2013
    We're at the @varsitytheater for #Communion. Stop by our table for free swag!
  • Corryn V.
    Corryn VitekApril 16, 2010
    Check out the remodeled bathrooms (even if you don't need to go).
  • Sound In Motion
    Sound In MotionNovember 18, 2011
    Cute bartenders and good beats!
  • marky s.
    marky sparklyJanuary 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    One of a kind venue for all things beautiful. Waitstaff are remarkable awesome people.
  • Matt G.
    Matt GJuly 27, 2013
    Great place to see concerts and the best bathroom ever
  • Katherine B.
    Katherine BastianJune 29, 2015
    Great music venue.
  • Zach S.
    Zach SmithDecember 29, 2011
    Try the free wifi. Really nice!
  • Austin H.
    Austin HolmAugust 7, 2014
    Transmission at the Varsity is the best!
  • Sarah A.
    Sarah AndersonJune 25, 2011
    Great for a more intimate feeling concert. Read more
  • Roberta M.
    Roberta MoeschterNovember 18, 2013
    DIR EN GREY was awesome!
  • Ali R.
    Ali RahierAugust 18, 2013
    Visit the bathroom ! Really neat!
  • Jesse B.
    Jesse BroddMarch 7, 2010
    One of the tightest music venues in Minnesota... Probably third to Mn Zoo and Harmony Park!
  • Mark S.
    Mark SchumacherJuly 19, 2011
    No air conditioning and no free tap water on the hottest day of the year. this place is cool. visit often. in th
  • Lily
    LilyNovember 26, 2014
    The bathrooms are really cool.
  • Kara K.
    Kara KoskinenJanuary 15, 2011
    Holy cow their new bathroom is amazing.
  • Todd O.
    Todd O'DowdJuly 10, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Get your tickets for shows down the street at Loring Pasta Bar and avoid TicketMaster fees.
  • Ian M.
    Ian McConnellDecember 5, 2009
    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.
  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
    Mpls.St.Paul MagazineMarch 10, 2011
    Mpls.St.Paul Magazine editors’ pick for best place to see a concert.
  • Morgan H.
    Morgan HalversonFebruary 8, 2012
    Seriously check out the bathrooms. Too cool!
  • Ale W.
    Ale WMarch 5, 2011
    Take a break from your beer and hydrate with a vitaminwater!
  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
    Mpls.St.Paul MagazineMarch 10, 2011
    Mpls.St.Paul Magazine March 2011 readers’ pick for best place to see a concert.
  • Rhett W.
    Rhett WaldockAugust 8, 2014
    Check out the restrooms!
  • Julie
    JulieDecember 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great venue. Cool bathroom.
  • Brett R.
    Brett RossoApril 28, 2014
    The bathrooms are cool!
  • Christopher B.
    Christopher BrooksSeptember 9, 2014
    Live music, bathrooms
  • Jehrid H.
    Jehrid HaleJanuary 31, 2013
    You HAVE to go to the bathroom!
  • Tarynn L.
    Tarynn LawMay 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Coolest bathrooms ever. Seriously.
  • Dan F.
    Dan FickerFebruary 12, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Recently remodeled and even a better music venue.
  • Derek M.
    Derek MoranNovember 11, 2014
    Vance Joy!
  • Brett S.
    Brett SchimkeJanuary 28, 2012
    Very.strong.long islands.
  • Jeremy B.
    Jeremy BusheyJuly 21, 2013
    Last time I came here they ran out of oxygen.
  • Adrianna E.
    Adrianna EricksonNovember 20, 2016
    Don't go here. Owner is a committed rapist, google it. Also very rude on show nights!
  • Brittany L.
    Brittany LaMottSeptember 24, 2011
  • Elizabeth J.
    Elizabeth JacobsonDecember 29, 2011
    Quietdrive concet!!
  • Ian O.
    Ian O'NeillJuly 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Not actually a movie theatre
  • Micah S.
    Micah SpielerApril 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Get here early. The lines for the door are very slow moving.
  • Dan H.
    Dan HennenJanuary 10, 2010
    excellent music venue on U of M campus
  • Thomas J C.
    Thomas J CollinsSeptember 2, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Designated driver & drinking soda? Keep your glass and get free refills from the bar all night.
  • Jenn C.
    Jenn ChapmanMay 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    There's nothing, and I mean NOTHING, I wouldn't do in these bathrooms
  • Allan E.
    Allan EllisDecember 30, 2010
    This place is sweet,
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