Cool, Gay-ish places in Minneapolis?

  • shoelessj

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    Apr 03, 2009 5:47 AM GMT
    Hey guys, headed up to Minneapolis for a couple days next week and wondering where the cool, gay-type areas are.

    My other half and I are not into staying out all night dancing and drinking (we do love all-night diners/greasy spoons, though) but we do like cute places for breakfast/brunch, and maybe an interesting area to walk around, with shops, coffee places, cool people, etc.

    and of course, i want to do that whole mary tyler moore throwing her hat in the air thing. sue me -- i'm gay.



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    Apr 03, 2009 2:42 PM GMT
    The uptown area is a good place to walk around, shop, and get a good bite. It’s a gay-ish area of the city with a good cool vibe. Check out Uptown diner, very good. Also right near this area is Lake Calhoun, which is quite big and great to walk/run around (if I remember it’s a 5K run around). Probably better during the summer, but the lake attracts many people walking, jogging, swimming, sailing, etc...lots of activity.

    Otherwise, the gay strip downtown is on Hennepin Ave, where you'll find most of the gay night life...

    Minneapolis is pretty gay regardless...I think ranked 4th in country (% by population)

    Have fun!
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    Apr 03, 2009 2:57 PM GMT
    Being a Minneapolis native, and you said you like greasy food, be sure to check out the Uptown Diner. It's open really late and has amazing food, however service after bar close gets a bit spotty. Warehouse district has some pretty cool and unique places to eat. The bar scene is definitely on Hennepin Ave. but if loud bars aren't your thing be sure to check out Jet Set or the 19 bar. Hope this helps!
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    Apr 03, 2009 2:57 PM GMT
    If you get a chance, go to the Sculpture Gardens at the Walker. Great place to walk around along the river.
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    Apr 03, 2009 3:21 PM GMT
    Around a year ago, JetSet Bar was a cool place to go before dinner.

    http://www.jetsetbar.com/

    Avoid Saloon. Restaurants? Chambers had a great restaurant, but pricey.

    Minneapolis has loads of fun places now - I was impressed.
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    Apr 03, 2009 3:46 PM GMT
    seanp7 saidAround a year ago, JetSet Bar was a cool place to go before dinner.

    http://www.jetsetbar.com/

    Avoid Saloon. Restaurants? Chambers had a great restaurant, but pricey.


    Minneapolis has loads of fun places now - I was impressed.


    I would echo this.
    Also, for really great food check out Wolfgang Puck's restaurant in the Walker art center called 2021.
    Eatery 112 (warehouse district) is also great but get reservations.
    Barbette and Lucia's in uptown are great too. ( 2 blocks from Lake Calhoun).
    I like the Jean Georges restaurant in the Chambers but I prefer to drink and eat light in the bar or hang out at the ice bar in the courtyard . There is a fire pit if it is cool out.
    Most places worth eating in Minneapolis are pricey, but worth it.

    Uptown shopping is the Urban Outfitters, American Apparel and Northface variety.
    Downtown shopping is the Neiman Marcus, Macy's (right in front of the store is the Mary Tyler Moore statue of her tossing up her hat, although I think she actually did it across the street) and Banana republic variety.

    I would check out to see what is playing in the Theaters here as we have a billion and see who is in concert. First Avenue and the Fine Line are great place to see live music.

    The Walker Art center is world class and worth a trip.

    If you have any specific questions, email me and I will advise. Have Fun!


  • H2Oskier

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    Apr 03, 2009 3:48 PM GMT
    Wilde Roast is a comfy place to hang out for coffee and light breakfast, or wine and sandwiches or salads in the evening. It's in northeast Minneapolis. Gay owned and gay frequented. Town Talk Diner is very cool and has surprisingly good food and kitschy atmosphere.
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    Apr 03, 2009 4:20 PM GMT
    Wilde Roast cafe

    http://www.wilderoastcafe.com/index.php

    Towntalk diner
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    Barbette
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    Apr 03, 2009 4:28 PM GMT
    Here's an odd little gay cafe if you happen to be along Hennepin, good for a light lunch, and dedicated to the memory of Oscar Wilde: Wilde Roast Cafe

    http://www.wilderoastcafe.com/index.php

    Also along Hennepin, as you're crossing the bridge over the Mississippi, is the Nicollet Island Inn. Both a hotel and a restaurant, it sits on an island in the river, and is very charming. You take a ramp off the bridge to get down to it. Call ahead for reservations, and here is their site for the restaurant (the hotel has its own):

    http://www.nicolletislandinn.com/dining.html

    Down Washington, several blocks south of Hennepin, is the MPLS Eagle, and its companions the Bolt and Bolt Underground. Only really leather at night and on weekends, more neighborhood-like in the afternoon. I also endorse the 19 if you're looking for a fairly quiet, neighborhood gay bar. The Saloon has the best gay dancing on Hennepin, in my view.

    Other things to do: visit the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA), a wonderful museum (and my ex-BF is on the board).

    http://www.artsmia.org/

    If you're in Mpls on a Sunday morning, the MCC All God's Children (AGC) at 3100 Park Ave has lovely services, with a nearly all-gay congregation.

    http://www.agcmcc.org/

    And last, Mall of America (MOA) is south of Mpls, actually in Bloomington, largest indoor mall in the US and a tourist attraction in its own right.

    http://www.mallofamerica.com/
  • shoelessj

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    Apr 03, 2009 7:25 PM GMT
    thanks fellas, this is great! we're looking forward to it. we just may bring our running shoes along, too.

    and btw, the impetus for the trip is to see morrissey in concert on monday night. the theatre he is at looks gorgeous, too.