A Guide to Pride at the Bars

By Lavender June 4, 2009

Categories: Clubs & Music, Our Scene

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During the Pride Celebration each June, our community often considers the Pride Festival to be the center of everything. However, since the first Twin Cities Pride 37 years ago, it’s the GLBT bars that are the true focus of Pride festivities. Here’s a capsule Guide to Pride at the Bars.

19 Bar
Our oldest local GLBT establishment, the 19 Bar is the closest to the Pride Festival itself—just a couple of blocks away. Shoot a game of pool to celebrate Pride.

Bolt/Minneapolis Eagle
The three-day Scorch FireBall X packs the tented parking lot. On June 27, Colt superstar Ricky Parks heats up the Underground. On June 28, Boogie Wonderland gets everyone dancing.

Bryant-Lake Bowl
Bryant-Lake Bowl again puts on the Uptown Block Party on June 26, spotlighting the talents of Tina Schlieske and Sick of Sarah, among others.

Camp
During Pride Month, Camp—with its classy decor and live entertainment—celebrates its second anniversary in the Twin Cities GLBT community.

Epic
For the second year in a row, Epic hosts The Big Gay Pride Party on June 26, featuring DJ Joe Gauthreaux and Sole 2 Soul Dance Conversion.

Gay 90’s
The 52-year-old Gay 90’s launches Pride on June 25 with the Miss City of the Lakes Pageant. DJ Chi Chi LaRue mounts “Pride’s Naughtiest Dance Party” on June 27.

Innuendo/Rumours
Now two years old, Innuendo/Rumours gears up with its second-annual Pride Block Party on June 20, showcasing the return of fab DJ Kimberley S.

Jetset
Just in time for Pride, Jetset marks its eighth anniversary of serving the local GLBT community with its annual Girl Flight Pride Kickoff Party on June 25.

Saloon
The longest-running local Pride Block Party, at the Saloon on June 28, boasts a blockbuster of four dynamite entertainers: Jonny McGovern, Robin S., Tiffany, and Jody Watley.

Tickles
Our newest local GLBT bar does Pride right: free pig roast June 27, free shuttle bus to Loring Park June 27-28, and free Fort Lauderdale vacation package drawing June 28.

Town House
At St. Paul’s oldest GLBT bar, catch Lori Dokken in the Piano Lounge on Thursday, and the Pumps and Pearls Drag Revue in the Main Bar Thursday and Sunday.

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