Saloon Celebrates 35th Anniversary with Two Parties

By George Holdgrafer April 19, 2012

Categories: Clubs & Music, Our Scene

Longtime Saloon owners James (Andy) Anderson (left) and John Moore. Photo by Sophia Hantzes

Owners Anderson and Moore Set Two Historic Milestones

In March 1977, when the Saloon in Downtown Minneapolis opened its doors, James (Andy) Anderson and John Moore came on board as bartenders from the first day. They bought the establishment in December 1981, becoming the first openly gay owners of a Twin Cities gay bar. Having been at the helm of the Saloon for more than 30 years now, they hold the local longevity record for proprietorship of a GLBT bar.

Over the years, the Saloon has stood the test of time as a popular gathering place for our community. Its hallmark always has been the best dance music. During myriad fundraisers, the bar has channeled many dollars to local charitable organizations such as OutFront Minnesota, The Aliveness Project, PrideAlive, One Heartland, and the Imperial Court of Minnesota, to name just a few.

To celebrate its 35th anniversary, the Saloon is hosting two gala events the last weekend in April:

• On April 27, starting at 9 PM, a wedding-themed party features fetching groomsmen and bridesmaids, complete with a garter throw, a catching of the bouquet, and a couple’s photo booth. It’s a benefit for Minnesotans United for All Families (MUAF), which battles the antigay marriage amendment on the ballot Election Day this November, with the entire $5 cover going to the beneficiary. That same night at the bar (9 PM) is the afterparty for the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus’s benefit concert to fight the amendment—5-8 PM preceding at The Woman’s Club of Minnesota, 410 Oak Grove Street, Minneapolis, cosponsored by the Saloon.

• On April 28, Noon-2 AM, an all-day/all-night anniversary party at the Saloon offers a bevy of entertainment; drink and food specials; giveaways of merchandise displaying the bar’s new logo; and unveiling of other new branding items. Watch for updates as the party draws closer.

Saloon General Manager Tim Balfanz promises, “We’re going to blow it out of the water to celebrate the long history of the Saloon.”

Saloon 35th Anniversary Celebration
Apr. 27-28
830 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.
(612) 332-0835

6 Responses to Saloon Celebrates 35th Anniversary with Two Parties

  1. ted fischer says:

    Hello, and best wishes!! I was at the first day-night opening when it opened its doors i was wearing a fur coat real and 501 jeans i was carted i was 27 at the time and Dewey was my bartender a sexy Pisces in the back bar area so happy you guys are still there and in business the baths were around as well and i think owned by Ronnie Pessis?? sp congratulations from a former Minnesotan liveing in cincinnati

  2. Mark says:

    I’m so glad the Saloon is finally throwing parties and events worthy of its longstanding reputation! It’s really starting to come into its own now!

  3. Lenny Peterson says:

    I worked at the Saloon from 1993-1996 as a VJ. I loved that job and making people feel good. Thanks for giving me that chance! I miss the Saloon, living in Ft Laud now.

  4. Douglas Bistrup says:

    I came into the Saloon for the first time 29 years ago and I have been going back ever since. I have seen so many changes over the years both in the bar,staff and customers some good and some bad but, it has many great memories. John and Andy you have helped alot of people form Gay families when their own family turn their back on us. Thank-you for giving us a place that is safe and warm to go.
    Tim you are doing a great job..

  5. Tim says:

    Ted, Mark, Lenny and Doug! THANK YOU for the kind, warm words! It’s so great to hear from you! Thanks for being employees, customers but most of all friends and family! Cheers to 35 years and to the next 35!

    Love from The Saloon.

  6. Peter says:

    Let’s not for get that Little John was bartender at Sutton’s back in the 70s until it was closed for the move to the Saloon.

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