Whether it’s atop a table at B-Loco or in the comfort of your own living room, the drunken man/woman, deep down, has a shared love of dance. And as the drinks start flowing, you find yourself indentifying more with Black Eyed Peas “lyrics.” At that critical moment, it’s time — time to hustle your moves to an outside location, time to swallow any sense of shame, time to “get freaky.”
Luckily, in the realm of the dance party, Minneapolis has loads of options. For the sake of mixing up your beloved Triple Double Tuesdays — if you’re so inclined — here are some dance party options that span the spectrum of music, ambience and crowd.
Transmission at Club Jäger
When: Wednesday nights
Transmission may not be for everybody, but everybody should definitely give it a go. DJ Jake Rudh has become a local celebrity for his high-energy New Wave dance sets, and in his case, the hype is well warranted. Club Jäger is one of the best bars in Minneapolis to spend an evening. The vibe is intimate, and while it attracts a sizeable crowd that includes 20- to 30-year-old socialites, diehard New Wave aficionados who know about it won’t have difficulty ordering a drink. Additionally, the outdoor patio is bigger than the bar itself, and there’s always available seating if you need a breather from all that Duran Duran.
Recess at The Varsity
A production of Anthem Heart, Recess carries visual stimulation and euro-club fanfare to the Varsity theater. Anthem Heart DJs across the board: There will be Top 40 remixes, dubstep and rap in addition to the more indie veins of electronica. This party is not only accessible but a blast. The Varsity provides a huge and interesting space for you to rage on the dance floor, so come on — don’t be intimidated because it’s not Blarney.
Turnt Up at Honey
Turnt up is a dance night that crosses into the realm of hip-hop. A monthly production located at Northeast’s Honey, it’s the proverbial stomping grounds for many involved and interested in the underground scene. Hosted by a rotating lineup of MCs and DJs that include Gabe Garcia and Willie Shu, no evening is ever the same. It’s humorous, it’s cool to familiarize yourself with lesser-known talent and the crowd is incredibly sociable.
When: Saturday nights
Alright, so there’s definitely a place for the type of dance party you find in the basement of the Library on Saturday nights, but why not carry it someplace with a bit more character? The ideal location: the basement of an authentic German restaurant/ pub. This dance night is a well-kept secret but 1) It’s always packed and 2) The strong drinks more than do the trick. Need a break? Go upstairs and order a boot. Yes, please!
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