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As the oldest gay bar in St. Paul, the music and the characters here magically transform on a nightly basis. If you don't like it one night, check it out the next as the theme changes. Wednesdays are devoted to posing drag queens and Fridays give way to rock and roll. Cowboys and cowgirls line dance on Thursdays and Saturdays until their spurs no longer jingle or jangle. The back room, now known as Blanche's and decorated in the style of a 1930s cabaret, is home to a piano bar with Twin Cities' legend Lori Dokken tickling the ivories. Appetizers and sandwiches are available but most are there to sip wine, cocktails, beer or soft drinks and take part in the festivities.
If you want to party it up in an LGBT-friendly environment, eagleBOLTbar is a great place to choose. The bar offers amazing deals on their drinks and you can even have three drinks on the price of one during their Friday happy hours. Not only that, the bar is also host to many fun events like karaoke nights, show tune events, DJ nights, comedy clips. You can also catch football and music videos on the television.
Lush is one of the most popular hangouts for the LGBT crowd in the Twin Cities. The place is not just a bar but also doubles up as a restaurant, with its delicious brunch specials, burgers and sandwiches and transforms itself into a trendy nightclub at night. So, whether you simply want a bite to eat or are looking for a place to dance the night away, this is definitely one place you have to check out.
With eight bars, two restaurants, a drag lounge, and three huge dance floors all under the same roof, it is no wonder this is considered the mega mall of gay bars. The complex draws huge crowds, both gay and straight, looking for a place to hang out and dance or listen to jazz, blues or rock. If you want to get a peek at the gay life in the Twin Cities, the '90's is the only place you need to visit. Although the crowd is mixed, be forewarned the Men's Room is the only strictly gay bar in the joint. The bouncers are big, the drinks are potent, the food is excellent and you will get your money's worth. The burgers are consistently rated as the best in town by many local publications. Any beverage you can think of is available here. If you are looking for a real experience, this is the place to go.
The Saloon is one of the Twin Cities' main gay bars. From the Tank to the Chicken Coop to the Stand, this is where the action is. Leather is a necessity to enter the Tank. A dress code is enforced. Thursday is under-21 night, Tuesday features karaoke and Sunday is 1980's retro. On weekends, the club becomes the hottest dance party in town, straight or gay. The music is loud, the patrons rock until 3am, and the place is packed wall to wall. If the dance floor is too crowded, try pool, pinball, darts or video games. Burgers, sandwiches, salads and deep fried appetizers highlight the limited menu. The saloon has an excellent beer list, both domestic and imported.