October 22, 2021

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The best birthday freebies in the Twin Cities

From a bottle of wine to car washes, get the best freebies you can snag on your birthday from businesses in the Twin Cities.

Hey there! In the next year, you’re gonna celebrate a birthday. Lucky you. You might as well get some free stuff to celebrate.

Many of these birthday offers were last verified in July 2020, unless noted below. Some businesses paused their giveaways due to COVID-19, so it’s always good to double check before you head out to redeem your perks.

If you know of a freebie that isn’t listed, please let me know by filling out the form at the bottom of this page. Note that I prioritize Minnesota-based companies.

I shared some of these freebies on KSTP-TV’s Twin Cities Live.

Once you’re done browsing through this list, check out my other guides, ranging from the top 5 coffee shops in Minnesota to the most asked questions Minnesota State Fair information booths receive.


On the side of First Avenue in Minneapolis, a gold star is painted on the building with the name of music legend Prince.

The 5 best birthday freebies in the Twin Cities

1. Free bottle of wine at Tria Restaurant (verified March 2020)

Note that this freebie has changed since the television segment above aired.

Located in North Oaks.

Required to purchase two entrees.

Must go during your birthday week (3 days before until 3 days after).

You can select one of three wines (red, white, or sparkling), which will be personalized.

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

Located in Arden Hills.

Must register on their website four to six weeks in advance.

3. Free concert tickets at First Avenue 

Located in Minneapolis.

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 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.

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4. Free comedy show tickets at ACME Comedy Company (verified March 2021)

Located in Minneapolis.

You and three guests can select to attend one 8:00 pm show on Wednesday or Thursday or a 9:30 pm show on Friday or Saturday for free the month of your birthday.

You must submit your request online no later than 3 pm the day prior you would like to attend and the inbox is only checked Tuesdays – Fridays from 12:00 – 5:00 pm.

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5. $10 to IKEA

A postcard from IKEA Family is shown with a cupcake on the front. The postcard says happy birthday from 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).


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 that this freebie has changed since the television segment above 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.


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Entertainment

Free mini golf at Can Can Wonderland (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!

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

You must be a Denny’s Rewards member.

It must be redeemed on your actual birthday.

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A free Magnificent Seven breakfast at Perkins

You must be a MyPerkins member.


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Burgers and 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, Faribault, 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 Jameson’s Irish Bar (formerly the Cherokee Tavern) (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!

Free 8oz sirloin dinner at Casper’s Cherokee of Eagan (verified December 2020)

Located in Eagan.

Head there on Thursday night during the week of your birthday.

You must show proof of your birthday with a valid ID upon arrival.

Someone at your table must order a Casper Classic entree of $16 or more.

Thanks to Deanna Bunkelman for the tip!


Sandwiches

A free half hoagie and beverage at Hogan Brothers

Located in Northfield.

Good for a half hoagie sandwich and a medium fountain beverage.

Valid on your birthday only.

Just show up with your ID!

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.

A free kids pizza from Broadway Pizza

10 participating Minnesota locations.

This perk is open to kids ages 10 and under. They must be a member of the Broadway Pizza Kids Birthday Club. Click here to fill out the form.

The birthday child will receive a postcard redeemable for a solo pizza.

Free dessert from Papa John’s (verified July 2021)

Receive a free birthday cookie.

Must a Papa John’s rewards member.

The reward is good for 14 days.


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Beer and wine

Four hours of free beer at Skinner’s Pub

Located in Saint Paul.

Come in with three other guests and the birthday person will receive free tap (non-craft) beer from 4 – 8 pm.

You will also get a free t-shirt and a free appetizer for your party.

Your guests must each order at least one beverage.

You must be 21 or older, show a valid ID and must not be driving.

Three hours of free drinks at Wild Bill’s Sports Saloon (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 pm – 1 am.

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).


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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, Saint 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)

You must sign up for their MyPanera program.

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

29 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.


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Coffee and other non-alcoholic drinks

A free beverage at Caribou Coffee

You must be a Caribou Perks member.

The perk can be used on any beverage of any size.

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 seven 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 one to three days before your birthday.

$5 at Dunn Brothers Coffee

You must have the Dunn Brothers Coffee Rewards app.

You receive a $5 credit on your birthday.

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.


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Discounts on meals

$10 off your dinner at Sunshine Factory Bar & Grill

Located in Plymouth.

Sign up for their Party Card program.

You will get $10 off your birthday dinner.

The certificate is valid the month of your birthday.

Free appetizer or side of ribs at Texas Roadhouse (verified July 2021)

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.

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 accrual 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

You must be a member of Finish Line’s Winner’s Circle Reward Program.

$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.

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$25 at West Elm (verified July 2021)

Locations in Edina and Minneapolis.

Must be a West Elm credit cardholder.

No minimum purchase required.

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.

$10 at Express (verified July 2021)

Must be an Express Insider member. It is free to sign up.

The $10 reward expires at the end of your birthday month.


Other birthday deals

Free class at CorePower Yoga

13 Minnesota studios.

I didn’t find anything on their website regarding this deal, but did receive an email tip about it from Megan Moroff. Thanks Megan!

Free admission at Crayola Experience (verified June 2021)

Located in Mall of America.

Any guest receives free admission within 7 days of their birthday with proof of birth date, like a driver’s license or birth certificate.

Must redeem freebie in person.


Want to celebrate your half birthday?

HALF birthday deal at Stanley’s Northeast, The Howe, The BlockPub 819, and The Bar Draft House (verified December 2020)

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.


Do you know of a birthday freebie not listed? Tell me!


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