The best birthday freebies in the Twin Cities

Most of these freebies were verified as of July 2020 and some businesses were updated due to COVID-19 restrictions.

If you know of others deals not listed, please let me know. Connect with me by filling out the form at the bottom of this page.


From a bottle of wine worth your age to free car washes, I rounded up the best freebies you can snag on your birthday. Check out my segment on KSTP-TV’s Twin Cities Live.


The 5 best deals

1. Free bottle of wine worth your age at Tria Restaurant

  • Located in North Oaks
  • Required to purchase two entrees
  • Must go during your birthday week (3 days before until 3 days after)
  • UPDATED, July 2020: You can select one of three wines (red, white, or sparkling), which will be personalized or you can also choose a wine worth your age from their birthday list
  • Make sure to fill out this voucher in advance
  • In addition to wine, you also receive a complimentary chomeur pudding dessert

2. $25 towards dinner at Lindey’s Prime Steak House

3. Free concert tickets at First Avenue (most performances canceled due to COVID-19)

  • Even if a show is sold out, you and a friend will get in to a show at the First Avenue Mainroom or 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis for free on your birthday
  • Not only do you get in for free, you will get a bottle of bubbly or a drink ticket
  • This deal also applies to First Avenue’s other venues, the Fine Line in Minneapolis and Turf Club in Saint Paul
  • Don’t forget your ID

Related: What you need to know before visiting Minneapolis

4. Free comedy show tickets at ACME Comedy Company

  • Located in Minneapolis
  • UPDATED, July 2020: You and three guests can select to attend one 8:00 pm show on Wednesday or Thursday or a 10:30 pm show on Friday or Saturday for free the month of your birthday
  • You must submit your request online no later than 3 p.m. the day prior you would like to attend

5. $10 to IKEA

IKEA Family

  • Minnesota location in Bloomington
  • You must be a member of the IKEA Family program
  • The IKEA website says you receive a “surprise on your birthday” that is valid during your birthday month; I can confirm that it’s $10 to IKEA (with no minimum purchase required) along with a free meatball dinner at their restaurant (it used to be $15, but as of March 2020, I’m told it’s $10)
  • Note: I have a July birthday and did not receive this gift in 2020

IKEA Family certificate
Click here to learn more about this amazing freebie


Casinos

Up to $1,000 in slot play at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel (working to verify deal)

  • Located in Prior Lake
  • Must register to be a Club M member and visit guest services the month of your birthday
  • You’ll spin a virtual wheel to win prizes, including free bingo, blackjack play, or up to $1,000 in slot play

Up to $1,000 in slot play and a free buffet at Treasure Island Resort and Casino

  • Located in Welch (near Red Wing)
  • Must register to be a Island Passport Club member and visit a kiosk the month of your birthday
  • You can win up to $1,000 in free slot play
  • You will also receive a dining credit and $20 off bingo with the purchase of a special pack
  • Thanks to Aaron Moy for the tip!

Up to $50 in Grand Play at Grand Casino

  • Note: their freebie has changed since the video above originally aired
  • On any day during the month of your birthday, head to Grand Casino Mille Lacs or Grand Casino Hinckley
  • Swipe your card for a chance at $5 to 50 in Grand Play or a sweet treat

Entertainment

Free mini golf at Can Can Wonderland (temporarily closed due to COVID-19, working to verify deal)

  • Can Can Wonderland is right off Pierce Butler Route in Saint Paul
  • On a Thursday during your birthday month, bring at least 3 friends to play mini golf and you will play for free
  • You will also receive a birthday drink of your choice
  • If you would rather play in the arcade, the birthday person can choose to receive 2 hours of unlimited arcade play along with a birthday drink instead
  • Note that only the birthday person receives the freebie, all others must pay

Cash rewards (you pick the meal)

$25 to The Local Minneapolis, The Local West End, Kieran’s Irish Pub, or The Liffey (temporarily closed due to COVID-19, working to verify deal)

  • You must sign up for Cara Irish Pubs’ Pub Club at one of the above locations. They say you can reverse register online but I got an error when I tried to do so
  • You will have to register your card once you have it
  • You receive a free appetizer upon activating your card
  • Accounts with no activity for 24 months are automatically deactivated
  • Thanks to Jessica Jensen for the tip!

Free entree at Houlihan’s

  • Participating locations in Chanhassen, Eagan and Richfield
  • You must be a member of the Houlihan’s email program
  • You also get a $10 credit when signing up

Free entree or dessert from La Casita

  • Locations in Columbia Heights, Coon Rapids, Roseville and Waite Park
  • At the Columbia Heights location, you get a free entree if another food item of equal or lesser value is purchased
  • However, the deal may vary by location. Joe Collova tipped me off that at the Roseville location, you only get a free dessert
  • It must be redeemed on your actual entree and an ID is required
  • Thanks to Kimberly McKay for the tip!

Related: 20 Mexican restaurants in Minnesota worth the trip

Free entree from Acapulco Restaurante Mexicano

  • Locations in Andover, Blaine, Ham Lake, Maplewood, New Brighton, Ramsey, Stillwater and Woodbury
  • You must sign up for their VIP Email Club
  • Heads up: the electronic coupon only good for 10 days from the day they send the email. My birthday is July 1st and coupon was sent and marked June 27th, meaning I only had until July 7th to redeem it.
  • You also get a free order of queso when signing up (coupon is only good for a week)

Free entree at Grizzly’s Wood-Fired Grill & Bar

  • Minnesota locations in Plymouth, Waite Park, Baxter, Mankato, Willmar
  • You must sign up for their E-Club at least 10 days before your birthday
  • You also must be 21 to be a part of the E-Club
  • Receive a free appetizer for joining for the Club

A free Grand Slam breakfast at Denny’s

Related: The 17 best restaurants for breakfast in Minnesota

A free Magnificent Seven breakfast at Perkins


Burgers & steak

A free burger at Red Cow (working to verify deal)

  • Three locations in Minneapolis and one in Saint Paul
  • You must be a member of Red Cow’s eClub and you will receive an e-coupon for their Ultimate Burger for your birthday
  • If you don’t want the Ultimate Burger, the coupon can be used for a discount of equal or lesser value
  • The coupon expires 3 weeks from the date it was sent. Mine was sent 4 days before my actual birthday
  • You also get a free order of cheese curds when signing up (coupon is good for three weeks from sign up date)

A free burger at Red Robin

  • Locations in Shoreview, Bloomington, Plymouth and Apple Valley
  • You must be a member of the Red Robin Royalty program
  • Credit is loaded onto your account the first day of the month of your birthday

A free Juicy Lucy at Crooked Pint Ale House (working to verify deal)

  • Minnesota locations in Apple Valley, Chaska, Duluth, Fairbault, Maplewood, Minneapolis, Rochester, and Waite Park
  • You must be a member of their Crooked Rewards program
  • You receive a free Juicy Lucy of your choice for your birthday

Free filet mignon dinner at Cherokee Tavern (temporarily closed due to COVID-19, working to verify deal)

  • Located in West Saint Paul
  • Head there on Thursday night during the week of your birthday
  • You must show proof of your birthday with a valid ID at the hostess stand
  • Someone at your table must order an entree of $15 or more
  • Thanks to Emily DeCorsey for the tip!

Sandwiches

A free half hoagie and beverage at Hogan Brothers

A free sandwich and beverage at Jersey Mike’s

  • You must be a member of their Email Club
  • On your birthday, you will receive a coupon for a regular sub sandwich
  • The coupon is good for one year
  • You must confirm your subscription to the Email Club at least 24 hours before the birthdate you provide, otherwise you won’t receive a coupon

A free sandwich at Which Wich

  • Minnesota location in Saint Louis Park
  • You must be a Vibe Club Rewards member
  • Sign up for the Vibe Club at least 30 days before your birthday
  • You will receive a free drink for joining
  • You may not receive a certificate if you haven’t purchased anything using your Rewards account in the last year

A free sandwich at Firehouse Subs

  • You must sign up for the Firehouse Rewards program before or on your birthday
  • You will receive a coupon for a free medium sub, which expires 6 days after your birthday
  • Parents are able to sign their kids up to receive a free sub as well
  • Thanks to Richard Harris & Danielle Rabe for the tip!

Pizza

Free deep dish pizza from Green Mill

  • 16 Minnesota locations
  • You must be a member of the Green Mill Rewards Club
  • You receive a certificate for a small one-topping deep dish pizza

Free pizza from Park Tavern

  • Located in Saint Louis Park
  • You must be a member of their EClub
  • You will receive an e-coupon good for a 12″ pizza with up to 3 ingredients. That coupon expires two weeks after it was sent. Mine was sent and marked June 27th, although my birthday is July 1st
  • You also receive $5 off your next meal when you sign up. That certificate expires 1 month after registering

A pizza worth up to $17 from Old Chicago

  • Locations in Roseville, Eden Prairie, Apple Valley, Saint Cloud and Duluth
  • You must sign up for their OC Rewards program at a restaurant or online
  • You must visit an Old Chicago once in the 12 months prior to your birthday in order for the credit to upload to your account
  • The credit is added to your account 7 days prior to your birthday and stays on up to 10 days after your birthday. For my July 1st birthday, my certificate arrived June 24th and expired on July 9th
  • Any unused credit does not apply towards future purchases

Related: The best pizzerias in Minnesota


Beer and wine

Four hours of free beer at Skinner’s Pub

Three hours of free drinks at Wild Bill’s Sports Saloon (confirmed: deal temporarily suspended due to COVID-19)

  • Minnesota locations in Apple Valley, Blaine, Rochester and Woodbury
  • On the Friday of your birthday week, grab three friends
  • You get free drinks from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
  • You also get a free mason jar, birthday shot, and birthday toast at midnight

A free glass of wine at Red Rabbit

  • Locations in Minneapolis and Saint Paul
  • You must be a member of the Red Rabbit eClub
  • You will receive an e-coupon good for a glass of wine, not to exceed $15
  • The coupon expires 3 weeks from the date it was sent. Mine was sent 4 days before my actual birthday
  • You also get a free New World Margherita Pizza when signing up (coupon is good for three weeks from sign up date)

Related: Cheapest beer at the Minnesota State Fair 


Desserts and snacks

A free cannoli at Mario’s Italian Kitchen

  • Located in Watertown
  • You can also get a free drink instead, but why do that when you can get a cannoli

Free dessert at 6SMITH

  • Located in Wayzata
  • Free piece of chocolate cake with your meal
  • Bonus: let them know in advance you’re celebrating a birthday and they will decorate the table and give you a birthday card that contains $15 off your next visit!

Free dessert and $15 gift card at Baldamar

  • Located in Roseville
  • If you make an advance reservation and let staff know you’re celebrating a birthday, they will decorate the table and treat the birthday person with a complimentary dessert and a $15 gift card to use on a future visit
  • Thanks to Donovan for the tip!

Free dessert at Buca di Beppo

  • Locations in Burnsville, Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, Minneapolis and Saint Paul
  • Sign up for their E-Club and you will receive an email for a free Colossal Brownie dessert on your birthday. The Colossal Brownie voucher is only valid if you dine-in (no to-go orders)
  • Email comes to your inbox a few days before your birthday and expires at the end of your birthday month
  • You will also get $20 off a purchase of $40 or more. Discount can be used on online orders

Free chocolate at GODIVA

  • You must be a member of the GODIVA Rewards Club
  • According to their website, birthday offers vary from month to month

A free bundtlet at Nothing Bundt Cakes

  • Minnesota locations in Blaine, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Rochester, St. Paul and Woodbury
  • You must be a member of their EClub

A free cupcake at Lunds & Byerlys (working to verify deal)

  • 27 Minnesota locations
  • Sign up for their Extras program
  • You will receive an email for a free cupcake that is to be redeemed within two weeks of your birthday
  • Thanks Michelle Koerth for the tip!

Free (s’mores dessert pizza) at Red’s Savoy Pizza (working to verify deal)

  • 18 Minnesota locations
  • You must be a member of their Thank You Rewards program
  • A credit (for what I’m being told is a s’mores dessert pizza) will be added to your card a week prior to your birthday
  • The deal expires 14 days after it is added to your card
  • Thanks Richard Harris for the tip!

A free cupcake at Nadia Cakes

  • Minnesota locations in Maple Grove and Woodbury
  • You must sign up for their mailing list

A free pastry, croissant, muffin, scone, sweet roll or cookie at Panera Bread (working to verify deal)

A free pretzel at Auntie Anne’s

  • You must sign up for their My Pretzel Perks program
  • You have 14 days to redeem your reward once it’s loaded on your account

A free bagel with cream cheese at Bruegger’s Bagels

  • 33 Minnesota locations
  • You must be a member of their Inner Circle program
  • You have 14 days to redeem your reward once it’s loaded on your account
  • Receive a free bagel with cream cheese for signing up

Coffee and other non-alcoholic drinks

A free beverage (of any size) at Caribou Coffee

  • You must be a Caribou Perks member
  • The perk can be used on any beverage
  • You have 7 days from your birthday to redeem

A free beverage or food item at Starbucks

  • You must a Starbucks Rewards member
  • You need to sign up for Starbucks Rewards at least 7 days before your birthday
  • The credit can be used for a handcrafted beverage, a food item or a ready-to-drink bottled beverage
  • You need to make one other transaction using your Rewards account prior to your birthday each year to receive the credit
  • The credit usually appears on your account 1 to 3 days before your birthday

$5 at Dunn Brothers Coffee

Free smoothie at Jamba Juice

  • Minnesota locations in Bloomington, Detroit Lakes, Edina, Mankato, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Saint Paul and Woodbury
  • You must be a member of the My Jamba Rewards program AND have spent $15 on your account

Discounts on meals

$10 off your dinner at Sunshine Factory Bar & Grill

Free appetizer or side of ribs at Texas Roadhouse (deal not currently offered due to COVID-19)

  • Locations in Coon Rapids and Saint Cloud
  • You must sign up for their email or text list
  • You also get a free appetizer (cactus blossom, fried pickles, tater skins, cheese fries or rattlesnake bites) when signing up
  • UPDATED, July 2020: For my birthday this year, they sent me an email with no free food. The email states:

“Happy Birthday! We look forward to celebrating with you in person. While some of our dining rooms are temporarily closed, you can still enjoy Texas Roadhouse TO-GO with Curbside pickup! And once the majority of our dining rooms are open, we’ll be sure to send you a birthday gift.”

Free dessert with the purchase of an entree at TGI Fridays

  • Locations in Saint Louis Park, Bloomington, Maplewood, Maple Grove, Burnsville and Coon Rapids
  • You must be a member of the Friday Rewards program
  • You also get a free appetizer or dessert when signing up

$15 or $20 at Wildfire

  • Minnesota location in Eden Prairie
  • You must become a member of their Frequent Diner Rewards program
  • According to their website, you must have point accrural in the past 12 months
  • The credit is added the first day of the month of your birthday
  • Blue and silver level members get $15 off their meal; gold level members get $20 off their meal
  • To be a silver level member, you must spend at least $1,000 a year; gold members must spend $2,500
  • Birthday rewards expire 90 days from the first day of your birthday month

$30 at Benihana

  • Locations in Bloomington, Maple Grove and Golden Valley
  • You must join The Chef’s Table email list
  • Receive a $30 credit when an adult teppanyaki entree is purchased. Honestly, it’s a bit tricky. I would read their elaborate FAQ before you use it
  • The credit can only be used for dine-in dinner Mondays – Thursdays
  • The credit is valid 29 days from the date it was issued
  • You MUST print the certificate — it cannot be shown on a phone

$10 off your meal at Timberlodge Steakhouse

  • The chain restaurant collapsed: the only Minnesota location left is in Owatonna
  • Be weary: I asked the location to verify this deal; they did not respond to my request

Shopping birthday deals

Free car washes at Paradise Car Wash (working to verify deal)

  • Locations in Apple Valley, Eagan, Bloomington, Savage, Woodbury and Maple Grove
  • Go on your birthday and be ready to show an ID

$15 at Finish Line

$5 to Arc’s Value Village

  • Available only at locations in Richfield, New Hope and Bloomington
  • You must be a member of their Village Rewards program

Discount on Botox at Uptown Dermatology & SkinSpa

  • Located in Minneapolis
  • They take $1 off of every year of your age on Botox
  • Get $50 off if you’re 50, $65 off if you’re 65, $75 off if you’re 75

Want to celebrate your half birthday?

HALF birthday deal at Stanley’s Northeast, The Howe, The Block, Al’s Place, Pub 819, and The Bar Draft House

  • You must sign up for the Craft & Crew Hospitality Loyalty program
  • You will receive an email for $13 off an entree, valid dine in only
  • The certificate expires 5 days after your half birthday

Know a birthday freebie not listed? Tell me!

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