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BEST GAY BAR Minneapolis 2002 - Trikkx

Readers' Choice: Gay 90's

Trikkx is to the Gay 90's as the Turf Club is to First Avenue--more neighborhood bar than a see-and-be scene, more relaxed, more St. Paul. Never mind that the name promises cruising: The two warehouse-size, windowless rooms have a low-key, social atmosphere that recalls the mom-and-pop (make that mom-and-mom/pop-and-pop) discos dotting small towns on every continent. Even with the dance floor, this is a talking bar: The DJ's house mix of the latest U2 nugget won't drown out conversation on a weeknight any more than it will put the Saloon's house jocks out of business. (In the prevailing spirit of friendly service, the DJs here regularly take requests.) It all may be hidden behind an unmarked, soundproof door on the side of the historic Rossmor Building, and you may think you've discovered some spruced-up, Cairo S&M dungeon when you enter. But even as you regard the imposing concrete pillars or take in the distant ceilings in the darkness, you notice the laughter, the finger food (available 4:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, 2:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday), the free popcorn, and the full burger-and-fries menu (until 9:00 p.m.). There are regular TV screenings (Queer as Folk on Mondays; Will & Grace on Thursdays). The interior design might seem more exotic than your average living room, but this place still feels like home.

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