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Best Theme Bars In the Twin Cities

Sometimes you just want something different. Maybe you're really into zombies, or perhaps you become one after gorging on a new and different cuisine. Maybe you like to dance the night away to Latin music or techno beats, or perhaps a low-key piano bar is more your thing. Theme bars are for people with more eclectic tastes, or just a sense of adventure. If you're looking for something a little out of the ordinary, no doubt you'll find it at one of the best theme bars in the Twin Cities.

Donny Dirk's Zombie Den

2027 N. 2nd Street
Minneapolis, Minn. 55411
(612) 588-9700

Dirk's Zombie Den is zombie-kitsch at its finest. The décor is vintage Vegas show lounge and features a leopard print carpet, smoked mirrors on the wall and vinyl covered chairs and booths. Zombie centered drinks are served up by bartenders straight out of Shaun of the Dead and brought to you by Morticia Adams look-a-likes. Oh, and if a zombie gives you any trouble, break the glass and grab the conveniently located chainsaw. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Nye's Polonaise Room & Nye's Bar

112 E. Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-2021

Nye's Polonaise Room and Nye's Bar, situated in Historic Nordeast, is as much a Minneapolis institution as you will find. Nosh on traditional Polish fare, sing along with Sweet Lou on the piano and dance an endless polka with the World's Most Dangerous Polka Band. Nye's Polonaise Room was named the best bar in America by Esquire magazine, but nobody there is bragging. They're too busy having a good time. Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

At Gasthof, patrons are led in song by a man dressed in Lederhosen toting an accordion. (Credit:

Gasthof zur Gemutlichkeit

2300 University Avenue NE
Minneapolis, Minn. 55418
(612) 781-3860

At Gasthof zur Gemutlichkeit, every day is an Oktoberfest celebration. At Gasthof's, patrons dine on schnitzel, wurst and other traditional German fare, drink imported German beer from a giant glass boot and are led in song by a man dressed in Lederhosen toting an accordion. Prepare to eat, drink and be very merry as Gasthof's is always a good time. Hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

El Nuevo Rodeo is the hottest Latin hangout in the Twin Cities. (Credit:

El Nuevo Rodeo

2709 E. Lake Street
Minneapolis, Minn. 55406
(612) 728-0101

El Nuevo Rodeo is the hottest Latin hangout in the Twin Cities. The restaurant features tasty Mexican food and tequila themed drinks. After you've had your fill, dance the night away (literally, El Nuevo Rodeo is open until 4 a.m.) to live Latin music. Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 a.m.

The Saloon has a reputation for being Minneapolis

The Saloon

830 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, Minn. 55403
(612) 332-0835

The Saloon has a reputation for being Minneapolis' gay emporium. With four different bars, theme nights, karaoke and the occasional drag show, you'll find something to suit every gay persuasion. DJs spin tunes nightly and even the straight crowd comes here to dance. Hours: Monday through Wednesday, noon to 2 a.m.; Thursday through Saturday, noon to 3 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.

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