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Twin Cities Summer Nights in Photos

School’s out. The work day’s done. Time to get out and play.

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  • Photograph by Stephanie Colgan
    6 p.m. Lake Harriet, Mpls.
    Lake Harriet offers fancy coffee for gourmets, roses for gardeners, shady paths for walkers, and fast paths for bikers. Teens, however, need nothing but each other.
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    6 p.m. Galaxy Drive In, St. Louis Park
    How can the next generation know about the pleasures of milk shakes after soccer if we don’t teach them?
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    6 p.m. Bryn Mawr Par 3, Mpls.
    The early bird gets the worm, but the dusk golfer gets tee times more easily (and the 19th-hole gin and tonic feels especially right for those of age)
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    7 p.m. Minnehaha Falls, Mpls.
    Here’s how to work the inevitable Sea Salt line: One person gets in line, the other dashes inside to the short beer- and ice-cream-only line and secures beverages for the wait. By the time you order, you’ll be friends with everyone around you. Call it a linear cocktail party.
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    8 p.m. Lake Harriet Bandshell, Mpls.
    Pick up a Lake Harriet Bandshell schedule (at south Minneapolis businesses or minneapolisparks.org and plan your attendance at the free concerts accordingly. Extra points awarded for those who pack citronella candles, a corkscrew, and best friends.
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    9 p.m. St. Paul Saints game, St. Paul
    There are so many reasons to love the pure Americana that is a night watching the St. Paul Saints. There’s the food, including the best cheese curds in Minnesota (not counting the State Fair). But the real joy is less tangible: soft summer breezes, a freight train whistling in the background, and in the foreground the crack of a bat.
  • Photograph by Stephanie Colgan
    9 p.m. St. Paul Saints game, St. Paul
    There are so many reasons to love the pure Americana that is a night watching the St. Paul Saints. There’s the food, including the best cheese curds in Minnesota (not counting the State Fair). But the real joy is less tangible: soft summer breezes, a freight train whistling in the background, and in the foreground the crack of a bat.
  • Photograph by Stephanie Colgan
    9 p.m. St. Paul Saints game, St. Paul
    There are so many reasons to love the pure Americana that is a night watching the St. Paul Saints. There’s the food, including the best cheese curds in Minnesota (not counting the State Fair). But the real joy is less tangible: soft summer breezes, a freight train whistling in the background, and in the foreground the crack of a bat.
  • Photograph by Stephanie Colgan
    10 p.m. Valleyfair, Shakopee
    There’s no greater luxury as a parent than being able to give your little ones the treat of all day at Valley Fair— and the precious stuffed animals to remember it by.
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    10 p.m. Cottage View Drive-In, Cottage View
    Get all your best buds and watch the summer blockbusters under the twinkling stars.
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    11 p.m. Barrio, St. Paul
    St. Paul used to roll up the sidewalks after dark, but these days Mears Park is a see-and-be-seen scene, with cuties trysting over margaritas and then retreating to the park to sit beneath white fairy lights and murmur future plans privately.
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    11 p.m. Loring Pasta Bar, Mpls.
    Every Friday and Saturday night the Loring Pasta Bar hosts late-night salsa dancing. Doors open at 10, so by 11 you could be getting your day’s cardio or falling in love.
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    12 a.m. First Avenue & 7th St. Entry, Mpls.
    Rock ’n’ roll will never die, and it will especially never die at First Avenue, the center of Minnesota rock since Prince was knee-high to Bob Dylan. Buy your tickets, put your earplugs in your pocket, and get ready to tell everyone you were there when they played First Ave.
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    1 a.m. Bayside Grille, Lake Minnetonka
    Look again—that’s not a parking lot at the Bayside Grille; it’s just the right spot to park your boat.
  • Photograph by Stephanie Colgan
    1 a.m. Bayside Grille, Lake Minnetonka
    Look again—that’s not a parking lot at the Bayside Grille; it’s just the right spot to park your boat.
  • Photograph by Stephanie Colgan
    1 a.m. Crave rooftop, Mpls.
    y margarita and house music all night long is one way to make the most of a summer night. If you’re at Crave, bring your opera glasses and gaze across the street at the rooftop bars at Chambers and Solera. There might be better fish in the sea, but there might not.
  • Photograph by Stephanie Colgan
    1 a.m. Crave rooftop, Mpls.
    y margarita and house music all night long is one way to make the most of a summer night. If you’re at Crave, bring your opera glasses and gaze across the street at the rooftop bars at Chambers and Solera. There might be better fish in the sea, but there might not.
  • Photograph by Stephanie Colgan
    1 a.m. Crave rooftop, Mpls.
    A fresh blueberry margarita and house music all night long is one way to make the most of a summer night. If you’re at Crave, bring your opera glasses and gaze across the street at the rooftop bars at Chambers and Solera. There might be better fish in the sea, but there might not.
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    2 a.m. West End, St. Louis Park
    Line dancing at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill makes a good last stop after a stroll through the Shops at West End. Don’t forget to break for a civilized glass of wine at Crave or Sopranos Kitchen along the way.
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    3 a.m. Uptown Tavern, Mpls.
    At 3 am in Minnesota, the bars are all closed, but that doesn’t mean the summer night is done. There are phone numbers to exchange, plans to be made for a late-night swim, and promises to do it all again tomorrow night.
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    3 a.m. Saloon, Mpls.
    At 3 am in Minnesota, the bars are all closed, but that doesn’t mean the summer night is done. There are phone numbers to exchange, plans to be made for a late-night swim, and promises to do it all again tomorrow night.
  • Photograph by Stephanie Colgan
    4 a.m. Hard Times Cafe, Mpls.
    The West Bank institution Hard Times Cafe is open till 4 am for your omelet-eating and revolution-planning pleasure.
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    5 a.m. Mickey’s Diner, St. Paul
    Mickey’s real butter-fried eggs are satisfying 24 hours a day. They are especially enjoyed by virtuous workers planning a hearty day and clever partygoers heading off a hangover.
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    6 a.m. Granny Donuts, West St. Paul
    When the sun comes up, the beautiful cycle starts again. Time for warm frosted treats at Granny Donuts, not to mention the chance to spend precious summer hours however you like and fill up your memory bank with sweet treasure.
  • Photograph by Stephanie Colgan
    6 a.m. Granny Donuts, West St. Paul
    When the sun comes up, the beautiful cycle starts again. Time for warm frosted treats at Granny Donuts, not to mention the chance to spend precious summer hours however you like and fill up your memory bank with sweet treasure.

A 12-hour photo essay by Stephanie Colgan | Written by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl

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