Monday morning, you're a heartless bitch. But you know what's even worse? The swift moves of Friday night as he rushes out the back door, pretending as though he never knew you. Gone. Onto the next. And Saturday. Don't get me started on Saturday. Tip-toeing slowly, gathering her articles of clothing, one by one, sliding on her heels only once she is in your hallway, safe from earshot. Leaving you alone on Sunday. But wait a tic... who is this Sunday? For once, ignore your friend's warnings of how this weekend day is sure to leave you with inevitable heartache. Sunday seems different, and it's time to run — or dance — with it.
Yes, the only way to get over Friday and Saturday is to get under Sunday. It's time to get down and dirty on this unassuming weekend day, and your favorite brunch destination is playing the part of wing-man/woman. Places like Nightingale, Libertine, and Union are hosting Sunday morning brunch accompanied by DJs spinning everything from funk and soul, to dance and electronic, to Whitney and Rihanna. Basically, everything you need to leave your Friday and Saturday blues behind for good... or at least until next weekend.
2551 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis
Nightingale is a great place to end your Friday and Saturday mourning and start your Sunday morning right. It is nearly impossible to be anything but happy with DJ Larry England playing funk and soul classics from around 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anything from the early '50s to Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings is fair game, and you're invited to play. If you like what you hear, come back on an underrated Wednesday night to hear more funk, soul, world beats, and punk from Mr. Englund. Now, finish your Bloody Mary, giggle quietly at the miniature High Life beer chaser, and move on. You're on your way to a better day.
731 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
You've warmed up to some pretty sweet funk and soul. Keep the party going strong and head downtown to Union's rooftop. If you had any residual thoughts of Friday and Saturday, Union is sure to erase them with a mix of bright sunlight and a packed dance floor filled with your favorite Whitney Houston tunes. Brunch runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with DJs spinning from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This hot spot allows family time early in the day, but by afternoon, the kids best be gone. Come 2 p.m. nearly all tables are cleared from the dining room and a full-fledged dance party is underway. Whether it's DJ Paris or DJ Shiek, or if you're lucky, both, Union is refusing to let the weekend go and is taking you along for the ride. This is a place where you can eat, drink, and dance the day away and still be home in time to sleep off your Sunday-funday.
Calhoun Square, 3001 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis
Not ready to hit the hard dance floor? One too many shots the night before? Don't fret: Libertine, located in the ground level of Calhoun Square, has got your back. DJ So Supreme knows how to ease you into your Sunday the right way. Starting at noon, and for the next two hours, you can grab a bite at the bar while So Supreme serenades your end-of-weekend sorrows away with smooth and soothing beats. But be warned: He's just getting started. At 2 p.m. he turns up the tempo and the real party starts, going strong through 4 p.m.
The first two days of the weekend have stolen the spotlight long enough. Now pull yourself together, forget about how long you have to wait for next Friday to arrive, and head out the door for a rug-cutting, vinyl-spinning start to the day. Thank you for the dance, Sunday. We'll see you in a week.