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The area of Minneapolis known as Nordeast has been gaining a reputation for a hopping nightlife in recent years; the Front and Ground Zero nightclub is one of the hottest. Catering to a young crowd, live music is featured on most Saturday nights ranging from alternative rock to oldies to jazz to classic rock. Recorded music keeps the huge dance floor jammed on the other nights. Take a break and try your luck with pool, pinball or video games. Bar specials and local radio stations add to the festivities. There is no cover charge.
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.
This fun nightclub doesn't have any illusions of grandeur - what it does offer is fun and seven nights of music a week. From generous drinks offers to a selection of good local acts, 331 provides enough variety to keep most punters happy. Check the website for details of upcoming events.