Music is constantly changing and evolving. Each decade that passes by is remembered for the styles of music that ruled the era. Looking back on days gone by, it’s difficult not to get nostalgic and reminisce about once-popular genres of music. If you’re looking for a blast from the past, check out these bars that regularly pay homage to music from decades past.
331 13th Ave. N.E.
Minneapolis MN 55413
If you’re a fan of the 90s, then “You Oughta Know” that the 331 Club throws the best 90s parties. For several years now, the 331 Club has been ringing in the new year with a WHOOMP (There It Is): New Year’s Eve ‘90s Dance Party featuring the era’s popular dance hits including “Baby Got Back,” “No Diggity,” “Whatta Man,” “California Love,” “Good Vibrations” and many more. Not only does 331 Club host an annual ‘90s-themed New Year’s Extravaganza, it honors the 90s every Halloween with its Hallo-WHOOP: ‘90s Dance Party. Attendees at these fantastic ‘90s-era themed parties are encouraged to dress in their 90’s best for a chance to win the costume contest. Slip on a pair of stonewashed jeans, a midriff-baring top, an oversized plaid flannel shirt, a form-fitting dress with a loud print or a matching tracksuit featuring obnoxiously bright colors and you’re set to party, 90s style.
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The Shout! House
650 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Each and every Wednesday evening The Shout! House goes totally 80s. Don your best 80’s garb and you’ll be granted free entry. So bust out those neon tanks, skin-tight leggings and leg warmers, cheesy animal prints and wild bandanas and don’t forget to tease the bejesus out of your hair. Sing and dance along as the talented pianists play your favorite 80’s songs like “Jessie’s Girl,” “Like a Virgin,” “Billie Jean,” “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and many more. While you’re there, don’t forget to take advantage of the fantastic drink specials including $2 Captain Cokes and Pop Rock shots. If you “Just Can’t Get Enough” of the 80s, head on over to The Shout! House and enjoy your favorite songs from the era played live.
Nomad World Pub
501 Cedar Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Once a month, the Nomad pays homage to vinyl by throwing a Hotpants Rare Funk & Soul Dance Night featuring a rotation of DJs who spin 60’s and 70’s music the way it was meant to be heard, in 45 RPM. For just $5, attendees get to enjoy the sweet vinyl sounds of some of the greatest music from eras past. Regular DJs include Dale Burback, who spins raw, rare tracks, Rambo Salinas, who leans toward 60’s soul with a Mexican-American flavor, Brian Engel, who favors hard funk but spins a variety from 50’s R&B to 70’s soul, and Mena, whose uptempo 60’s party jams always get the party started. Leave the iPod at home and head on out to the Nomad for one night each month and hear soulful music from the 60s and 70s as it was originally meant to be heard.
923 Washington Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Clubhouse Jäger offers vinyl aficionados their fix on a regular basis by hosting discotheque themed evenings featuring DJs spinning the hottest in boogie, disco, R&B, funk, soul and more. On the last Saturday of every month, Jeff Dubois and others offer up a mix of vintage disco classics to get attendees on their feet and boogieing to the beats. On the second Friday of the month, Clubhouse brings DJs Brian Engel and Steely to the scene spinning funky, discotheque vinyl from the 60s and 70s. While there were many popular hits from decades past, there were also quite a few memorable misses. Check out the some of the most memorable “hits and misses” from the 70s, 80s and 90s on vinyl the first Friday of every month. The bets part is that rocking out to these groovy tunes won’t cost you a dime.
A Minnesota native that was born and raised Up North, Minneapolis is where Christina Kalinowski currently calls home. Christina appreciates irony, loves bacon, enjoys a hearty libation (drink responsibly, folks), and is an avid proponent of the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.