In Minneapolis for the Super Bowl? Here’s Your Queer Guide to One-Half of the Twin Cities
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In Minneapolis for the Super Bowl? Here’s Your Queer Guide to One-Half of the Twin Cities

Written by Stephan Horbelt on January 31, 2018
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All eyes are currently on Minneapolis, as the city — which, along with St. Paul, Minnesota, makes up the state’s “Twin Cities” — will play host to Super Bowl LI this Sunday, Feb. 4. While the city has surely seen an influx this week of people in town for the big game, anytime is a great time to visit. Known for its parks, lakes and cultural landmarks, here’s a town that offers a good time for any who are looking to uncover it. For proof, check out this little gay guide to Minneapolis.

We enlisted a native son of Minneapolis to curate our look at the city’s best options for the out-of-towner. Chad Kampe is the man behind Flip Phone Events; he’s the queer party promoter of Minneapolis, responsible for a bevy of outlandish parties, many of which bring the queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race to a Midwest audience.

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Tomorrow night, Wednesday, in time for the big Super Bowl hubbub, Flip Phone presents the “Pooper Bowl” at a bar called Honey. Those who attend are encouraged to get decked out in their favorite athletic wear, and Vander Von Odd and Meatball (both of Dragula Season 1 fame) — along with host Nocturna Lee Mission — plan to gag the audience on sick drag.

Whether you’re gonna be in town this week or sometime in the future, don’t even think about making plans without first consulting our gay guide to Minneapolis.

 

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“This is Minneapolis’ queer version of Cheers,” says Kampe. “Everyone knows your name, and the old-school jukebox is loaded up with Janet Jackson, Kylie and other gay favorites.” Belly up to the bar for an $8 pitcher of beer. “Prices are so cheap you’ll want to buy the whole bar a round.”

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Jetset

Consider this your go-to spot to dance all night to the sounds of Mariah, Beyoncé, and T-Swift. Plus, Kampe says, “You’ll spot Targays — gays that work at the Target headquarters — and never pay a cover.”

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Did we leave anything big off our gay guide to Minneapolis? Sound off in the comments!

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