Dating in minneapolis


19-Mar-2015 20:15

I’ve spent nights out dancing with friends at the Gay 90’s, which often offers dollar drink specials.

I’ve also found myself meeting new people and engaging in conversation with friendly strangers at The Saloon and the 19 Bar, in Loring Park.

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By Sarah Stanley-Ayre I recently stumbled across a New York Times article, published in early October, attempting to detail the Minnesota nightlife and dating scene. Hip, With a Bit of ‘Minnesota Nice,’” depicts our city as a metropolis teeming with hipsters who migrated here from the suburbs and who, despite yearning for a long-term, serious relationship, settle instead for nights of hard drinking at various bars in uptown and short-lived casual romantic encounters.

In fact, the only kind of dating mentioned in the article goes on between a man and a woman.

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You’re not going to worry as much because, ‘Oh, it’s Minneapolis.’ So you can’t harbor hate.” Now I’m not sure where Garrett spends his time going out on the weekends, or who he typically hangs out with, but I certainly don’t know 10 people that the guy I’m sleeping with now has slept with.

In fact, I’m not so sure I’ve even met any of the other women he’s slept with in the past. That isn’t to say that, walking down 1st Avenue on a Saturday night, you won’t see tons of practically naked women, teetering in sky-high heels, lurching from clubs such as Aqua towards Pizza Luce on 3rd Street for a drunken slice of pizza after bar close.

It also laments the looming threat of an increasing presence of “Chads and Brads,” described as “a guy wearing a polo, like the ‘Jersey Shore’ look.” What is Minnesota nice, anyway? The article quotes 27 year-old bouncer and construction worker Garrett Heins, as saying, “Everybody knows everybody.

One thing I’d say about Minneapolis is that if you’ve slept with one girl, you know 10 guys she’s slept with, and half of them are your friends, and vice versa for women with guys – that’s just the way it is.

Can any of us truly use the “Oh, it’s Minneapolis,” excuse to brush off those feelings? He also spent a Friday night at Club Jager, somehow finding a “Minnesota nice” vibe there (too bad he didn’t wind up there during Transmission, when the goths come out to play). Okay, so maybe those uptown hipsters interviewed for the article just don’t like music.

The writer of the article ventured to a couple of popular uptown bars to conduct his research, namely Mortimers and the C. The patrons he spoke to at Mortimers (which I guess does have okay pinball machines) dismissed the downtown nightlife scene as “characterized by cocktails and women in short sequined skirts.” What they neglected to mention is the vibrant scene downtown at First Avenue, where friends and I have gone to purchase many affordable mixed drinks and bottles of cheap champagne while having an amazing time seeing live acts such as The Kills, Wavves, James Blake, Animal Collective and Crystal Castles, as well as many local bands and hip hop artists like P. But what also isn’t mentioned anywhere in the article is the gay and lesbian dating scene, at places like the Gay 90’s club.



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