Legendary Minneapolis Bar Liquor Lyle’s Won’t Reopen

The 2-for-1 drinking den on Hennepin Avenue is up for sale
The familiar neon signage outside south Minneapolis dive bar Liquor Lyle’s

Courtesy Liquor Lyle's Facebook

An era has ended for Liquor Lyle’s, a bar with a long and tipsy history in south Minneapolis. The watering hole, located on Hennepin Avenue just south of Franklin Avenue, served as a familiar beacon of nightlife for residents of Uptown and the surrounding neighborhoods.

General manager Jeremiah Kline told Axios Twin Cities that the bar’s ownership group has decided to sell. He cited the capacity limitations brought on by the pandemic.

Lyle’s was a site for brunches, bingo, watching sports, and leisure pursuits into the wee hours of the night. For those trying to stretch their drinking dollars, the flow of 2-for-1 beverages were essential.

Since its opening in 1963, journalists, artists, and other thirsty soulds often ended up gathering there in the welcoming darkness. A MinnPost oral history of the space details the many local luminaries who stepped through its doors.

The Lyle’s news follows the recent closure of Birch Steak, another neighborhood fixture.

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