Polonaise Room - Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Back when I haunted all corners of old-timey downtown Minneapolis this was my go-to spot for Harvey Wallbangers, karaoke backed up by a former Vegas pianist on his grand piano, and the “Worlds Most Dangerous Polka Band” (all of them in their 60’s or older) playing to the unruly and unkempt in the sideroom. Had to have the sideroom to make room for everybody, and lord if I didn’t beeline myself directly there on my rowdier nights.
I kid you not. From the glitter-gold vinyl wraparound booths to the “Established in 1950” cornerstone, check your coat downstairs and order a Singapore Sling or another seemingly long forgotten cocktail that employs Galliano off the barkeeper. Even the egg white ones, they still do those without batting an eye. Just be Minnesota nice and don’t walk in like a tourist with your 5D MkII (I had a hunch about the picture above, exif data shows it was indeed a 5D MkII) and then goof by trying to take a picture, like some out-of-town square-peg.
So have a good time, if you find yourself in Minneapolis and would like a perfectly pleasant evening.