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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  • Today
    • 5:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 5:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Mon–Tue
    • 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
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Yes (incl. American Express)

Based on 300 votes

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    "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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  • concerts
  • intimate
  • dancing
  • mezzanine
  • balcony
  • DJs
  • cute
  • restrooms
  • beer
  • staff
  • Katherine B.

    Great music venue.

  • Terrass M.

    Went for a wedding. It's a beautiful venue. The bathrooms are cool too

    Terrass Misher · June 3
  • 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
  • Brian S.

    Echosmith concert

    Brian Stauffer · March 13
  • 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
  • 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
  • Adam F.

    Great place to see a concert in the heart of Dinkytown.

    Adam Fleitman · December 20, 2014
  • 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
  • Derek M.

    Vance Joy!

    Derek Moran · November 11, 2014
  • Christopher B.

    Live music, bathrooms

    Christopher Brooks · September 9, 2014
  • 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
  • Rhett W.

    Check out the restrooms!

    Rhett Waldock · August 8, 2014
  • Austin H.

    Transmission at the Varsity is the best!

    Austin Holm · August 7, 2014
  • Jenn M.

    All shows are great here. Pay for mezzanine of its an option.

    Jenn M · July 10, 2014
  • Brett R.

    The bathrooms are cool!

    Brett Rosso · April 28, 2014
  • Cara

    Mezzanine is worth it for the people-watching alone. And seats, of course.

    Cara · January 27, 2014
  • 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
  • City Pages

    We're at the @varsitytheater for #Communion. Stop by our table for free swag!

    City Pages · December 18, 2013
  • Roberta M.

    DIR EN GREY was awesome!

    Roberta Moeschter · November 18, 2013
  • Brenda N.

    Great venue to see music but get there early because parking can be challenging in this area.

    Brenda Nelson · October 12, 2013
  • Ali R.

    Visit the bathroom ! Really neat!

    Ali Rahier · August 18, 2013
  • Wade H.

    Drink as much as you can as fast as you can.

    Wade Hauser · August 7, 2013
  • Matt G.

    Great place to see concerts and the best bathroom ever

    Matt G · July 27, 2013
  • Jeremy B.

    Last time I came here they ran out of oxygen.

    Jeremy Bushey · July 21, 2013
  • Morgan

    Lets hope they have more that 2 bartenders for 200 people next time. The line for drinks was insane.

    Morgan · April 21, 2013
  • 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
  • Daniel

    Very cool aesthetics, and yes its true the bathrooms are pretty cool.

    Daniel · March 20, 2013
  • Jehrid H.

    You HAVE to go to the bathroom!

    Jehrid Hale · January 31, 2013
  • 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
  • Kristopher S.

    One of the best music and dance venues in Mpls!

    Kristopher Sipe · November 1, 2012
  • 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
  • Josh H.

    Check out the bathrooms. Even tops Loring Pasta Bar!

    Josh Henninger · September 8, 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
  • Ian O.

    Not actually a movie theatre

    Ian O'Neill · July 23, 2012
  • Tarynn L.

    Coolest bathrooms ever. Seriously.

    Tarynn Law · May 26, 2012
  • 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
  • Jenn C.

    There's nothing, and I mean NOTHING, I wouldn't do in these bathrooms

    Jenn Chapman · May 16, 2012
  • Morgan H.

    Seriously check out the bathrooms. Too cool!

    Morgan Halverson · February 8, 2012
  • Brett S.

    Very.strong.long islands.

    Brett Schimke · January 28, 2012
  • Elizabeth J.

    Quietdrive concet!!

    Elizabeth Jacobson · December 29, 2011
  • Zach S.

    Try the free wifi. Really nice!

    Zach Smith · December 29, 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
  • Sound In Motion

    Cute bartenders and good beats!

    Sound In Motion · November 18, 2011
  • 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
  • Brittany L.


    Brittany LaMott · September 24, 2011
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sarah A.

    Great for a more intimate feeling concert. Read more

    Sarah Anderson · June 25, 2011
  • sean b.

    I don't normally judge a place by it's bathrooms but you need to experience these.

    sean bray · May 27, 2011

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