Over the past two years, Tickles owner Roy Caples and manager Joel Janssen constantly have transformed their establishment. It opened in a smaller space in Northeast Minneapolis on November 14, 2008, but moved to larger quarters in Downtown Minneapolis on December 31, 2009. In its newest incarnation, since early February, it is two bars under one roof: Score and Tickles.
Caples says, “We have always emphasized the sports concept. We now have Tickles piano lounge and Score sports bar, with 11 large-screen TVs and sports team sponsorships, plus a full-service menu, wines, spirits, and beers to choose from.”
As Caples explains, “We have moved the piano lounge into the front area of the bar, with windows that look outside, while maintaining the sports theme in the main bar. Along with this, we have an expanded room with pool tables, games, and dart boards.”
Since it debuted, Tickles has provided first-rate live entertainment, which continues, according to Caples: “We have entertainment in the Tickles lounge on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Thursday features the Tickles Cast Party, with people coming from throughout the Minneapolis theatrical community. Hosted by Whitney Rhodes, it’s open to all guests, singing along with Tickles piano player Joey Clark. Friday and Saturday will showcase live entertainment that includes the likes of Mia Dorr, Gary Collins, Jimmy Martin, and others.”
Tickles has built a reputation for excellent food, and Caples shares, “We are adding new items to our menu, and will have new specials.”
In addition, Caples points out, “We provide a great space for meetings, birthdays, and anniversaries.”
The dual bar is open Monday-Friday, 4 PM-2 AM, and Saturday-Sunday, 10 AM-2 AM.
Regarding Score and Tickles, as Caples puts it, “We continue to evolve to meet the tastes and needs of the customers we serve.”
420 S. 4th St., Mpls.