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James Ballentine VFW Post 246

Map & Directions 2916 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408


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Located in the heart of Uptown, this isn't your grandpa's small town VFW. Sure, James Ballentine VFW Post 246 boasts all the familiar features of a traditional VFW - classic bar decor, cheap drinks, rooms for rent for wedding receptions and family reunions, bingo and popcorn machines - but what draws the crowds to this location is one of the most popular karaoke nights in town. Add regular record shows and a location within stumbling distance of several popular bars and one of the largest concentrations of apartments and condos in Minneapolis, and you have a VFW that may be host a smattering of older vets drinking by day, but is then packed sardine-style from sign-in book to popcorn machine by night.

Member Reviews

  • on 11/14/11

    Great music and cheap drinks.

  • on 07/29/10

    This place it too fun!

  • xxx2 wrote a review for James Ballentine VFW Post 246
    on 06/03/10

    The VFW at Lake and Lyndale is peerless among clubs and VFW's. The drinks and decor, like a VFW, are inexpensive. The patrons, a mix bar industry workers and trendy uptowners, are more like those found in a club. Somehow, walking through the door makes people to want to chat ike they're your old buddy, dance on the postage stamped sized dance floor or sing along with the karaoke... More >>

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  • Esquire on 02/02/11

    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. Order a Jack and (never more than a splash of) Coke to stoke your courage for the best karaoke the Cities have to offer.

  • Mark S. on 12/08/09

    Some if the cheapest drinks on Lyndale. Good karaoke as well.

  • Jill L. on 06/07/13

    Can't wait for our wedding reception here in September!

  • Chris G. on 03/10/10

    Wednesday night trivia with Fernando. Phenom.

  • Allen R. on 04/30/13

    A little piece of small town South Dakota in Uptown Minneapolis. It's like they took the bar patrons, the building and drink prices back from where I grew up and plopped it in Uptown. It's awesome!

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