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100th Birthday Celebration

Nov. 9
8 a.m.-11:59 p.m.
Free
Barhopping, Food and Drink

The “Uptown” VFW is both a typical VFW and an extraordinary one. A 501k nonprofit, it provides important services and support for veterans. You’ll also find classic VFW amenities here: pull tabs, great karaoke nights, and cheap, unfussy drinks. But this VFW, which actually calls the trendy Lyn-Lake area home, is even more rad for a few other reasons: It serves tasty eats (try the fries or the bean quesadillas), hosts music and DJ nights featuring hot local talent, and is one of the most friendly, welcoming bars in the Twin Cities, regardless of age, race, or sexuality. When it spent $1 million renovating the place a few years ago, folks worried that the VFW would lose its dive-y charm. It didn’t; the polished front simply gave them more to work with. This Saturday, they’ll be celebrating their 100th anniversary. Yeah, this place opened in 1919. The party in the Main Room is for members and invited guests only, but the front bar and backroom (where you’ll find karaoke and random friendships) will be open to all. If you can’t make it Saturday, then try to stop by soon to toast to 100 years. Karaoke starts up around 9 p.m., and hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. 21+.