Twin Cities Film Fest
Every October, the West End comes alive with movie magic as filmmakers and film afficionados alike descend upon the area for the Twin Cities Film Fest, a 10-day celebration of independent film. The ShowPlace ICON Theatre plays host, screening over 120 short and feature-length movies, from documentaries to dramas. Passersby may even spot a celebrity or two!
Art on Display
As you stroll through this vibrant neighborhood, be sure to check out all the public art. Full Circle is a beautiful aluminum, glass and wood spherical sculpture. Four wood benches surround the sculpture and feature engraved comments from residents celebrating the four seasons. Bee Way is a whimsical sculpture consisting of two concrete columns embossed with honeycomb patterns and topped with aluminum sculptures that represent the flight of bees as they move with the wind. A butterfly bench provides a fanciful resting spot. And be sure to stop inside the ICON Theatre atrium to find the Aurora Organ, an interactive sculpture consisting of six columns of LED lights that change colors each time a person touches one of six glass sensors.
Places to Stay
Bordering the neighborhood, you’ll find lofty apartment complexes, office spaces, and meeting places. Several hotels are located within the West End, including the DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis-Park Place, the AC Hotel by Marriott Minneapolis West End and the Homewood Suites by Hilton. Slightly further away, but still within walking distance, are the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Minneapolis West and the TownePlace Suites by Marriott.
Dining & Entertainment
CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar – A contemporary eatery serving vibrant American cuisine and the freshest sushi, along with an extensive wine list, creative cocktails and mocktails, and a variety of sake.
Dover Restaurant & Bar – A casual dining spot with savory, sophisticated cuisine, local craft beers and sports on TV, located inside the DoubleTree by Hilton.
JC’s Subs – A sandwich shop offering specialty and build-your-own subs, plus salads and housemade soups.
The Local – A traditional Irish pub with authentic décor, cozy snugs, and delicious dishes, plus plenty of Guinness and Jameson.
The Loop West End – A high-energy American restaurant featuring fabulous fresh food, a wood-fire pizza oven, a 360-degree bar, 22 big-screen TVs, and a patio with an outdoor fireplace.
Punch Bowl Social – Serving up the best in fun, with a great lineup of food, craft cocktails and drinks, bowling, arcade games, karaoke and event space.
Raku Sushi & Lounge – A stylish Japanese fusion restaurant that focuses on traditional Japanese dishes with French, Italian, and other Asian influences, complete with a full sake bar.
Rojo Mexican Grill – A Mexican restaurant known for its novel culinary creations and traditional dishes, as well as an exceptional collection of tequila and mezcal.
Song Tea and Poké – A bubble tea and poké shop dedicated to serving the best fruity tea in the U.S. Boba lovers will love the variety of tea choices.
Taste of India – Made from scratch Indian cuisine containing an artful blend of exotic ingredients. Enjoy tandoori chicken, seekh kabobs, mouth-watering curry dishes and a wide range of vegetarian selections.
Yangtze Chinese – A casual spot for classic Hunan, Szechaun, Mandarin and Cantonese dishes, plus weekend dim sum options.
Yard House – A sports bar offering a menu of over 100 dishes made from scratch and more than 100 taps of the best American craft and import beers.
Those looking for quick dining options will find ample choices, including Arby’s, Bruegger’s Bagels, Caribou Coffee, Five Guys, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Jimmy John’s, Leeann Chin, Panera Bread and Roti Modern Mediterranean.
Anthropologie – A women’s clothing retailer offering an assortment of clothing, jewelry, home furniture and more. Find self-expressive staples for your wardrobe from exclusive fan-favorite brands.
BHLDN – Located within Anthropologies, BHLDN is your go-to for modern and romantic wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, formal dresses and accessories.
Evereve – A contemporary fashion and styling company for women.
Lost in the Forrest – A super cool houseplant shop that sells common and rare houseplants, as well sa plant-related gifts and everything you need to turn your home into an indoor jungle.
Lakeshore Learning – The place to go for educational toys and classroom materials.
RH Outlet – Restoration Hardware is a luxury lifestyle brand for timeless furniture, lighting, textiles, rugs, bathware and décor. Score great bargains on incredible pieces at this outlet store.
Other options include: Costco, Home Depot, PetSmart, Office Depot, Liquor Boy Wine & Spirits and Mattress Firm.
Glamour Nails & Spa – A full-service nail salon offering manicures, pedicures, paraffin wax treatments, acrylic sets, fill and other nail enhancements, as well as services for children, plus an inviting space for hosting a spa party with your friends.
Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa – A warm and welcoming spa offering massage and facial services at affordable prices. Their signature Hot Stone Massage is sure to melt away all your stress!
Love, A + B – A full service hair salon specializing in color and extensions.
Roosters Men’s Grooming Center – Enjoy an authentic barbershop experience in a modern and unpretentious environment. The go-to grooming destination for gentlemen of all ages.
Sola Salon Studios – A premier salon suite destination that’s home to a wide variety of beauty professionals and personal care services.
Other options include OrangeTheory Fitness, Great Clips, GNC Live Well, and Twin City Nails.