Over the past dozen years, with each bar opening in succession, the tripartite Minneapolis Eagle, Bolt Video Bar, and Bolt Underground have grown into a mainstay for the local GLBT community. In the fall of 2007, the Eagle underwent an extensive remodeling. Now, its next-door sibling, the Bolt, which first opened in late January 2003, boasts an awesome new look.
Ed Hopkins, owner of the three establishments, says, “We felt that the Bolt needed to be ‘warmed up.’ It originally was very dark. The west brick wall was 75 percent plastered, and painted black, as were all the other walls. With the diamond-plate bar and the cement floor, it had a very industrial look.
“The staff took hammers to the west wall, and pounded the plaster off. We later hired a sandblaster to clean up the white brick, and a mason to seal it. The east wall now has light wood panels secured to it with exposed bolts. The remainder of the space is painted a warm orange-red.”
Indeed, the renovated Bolt is incredibly welcoming, which will bring even more people to the already-popular bar that attracts everyone from the gay community and their admirers.
According to Hopkins, “People have really responded positively to the change.”
Open Tuesday through Sunday, the Bolt is primarily a video bar, with the screens more prominent than ever against the renovated walls. Video clips include current and retro music, along with comedy.
Show Tunes on Sunday; Karaoke on Wednesday; Bingo on Thursday, which benefits The Aliveness Project; and the “Best Damn Happy Hour” on Friday all draw enthusiastic crowds.
Don’t miss the fun, attitude-free experience at the Bolt Video Bar!
Bolt Video Bar
513 Washington Ave. S., Mpls.