I’ve spent nights out dancing with friends at the Gay 90’s, which often offers dollar drink specials.I’ve also found myself meeting new people and engaging in conversation with friendly strangers at The Saloon and the 19 Bar, in Loring Park.
The writer of the article ventured to a couple of popular uptown bars to conduct his research, namely Mortimers and the C. The patrons he spoke to at Mortimers (which I guess does have okay pinball machines) dismissed the downtown nightlife scene as “characterized by cocktails and women in short sequined skirts.” What they neglected to mention is the vibrant scene downtown at First Avenue, where friends and I have gone to purchase many affordable mixed drinks and bottles of cheap champagne while having an amazing time seeing live acts such as The Kills, Wavves, James Blake, Animal Collective and Crystal Castles, as well as many local bands and hip hop artists like P. But what also isn’t mentioned anywhere in the article is the gay and lesbian dating scene, at places like the Gay 90’s club.
You’re not going to worry as much because, ‘Oh, it’s Minneapolis.’ So you can’t harbor hate.” Now I’m not sure where Garrett spends his time going out on the weekends, or who he typically hangs out with, but I certainly don’t know 10 people that the guy I’m sleeping with now has slept with.
In fact, I’m not so sure I’ve even met any of the other women he’s slept with in the past. That isn’t to say that, walking down 1st Avenue on a Saturday night, you won’t see tons of practically naked women, teetering in sky-high heels, lurching from clubs such as Aqua towards Pizza Luce on 3rd Street for a drunken slice of pizza after bar close.
From what I’ve seen, most of the gays and lesbians in this town know what they want and don’t feel the need to waste time using made-up personas in an attempt to make strangers they meet at bars talk to them.
Leave that to the ‘Chads’ and ‘Brads.’ What about areas of Minneapolis other than uptown and downtown? I’ve spent many a night on the West Bank, at the Nomad or the Triple Rock, where the recently ended Tuesday two-for-ones night led many a wanton drunk astray to a backdrop of pounding rap songs.