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Pool, karaoke, drinks -- sure, Grumpy's has the kind of necessities you might find at most bars, but they're all wrapped in a spectacular package: part punk dive, part martini-swank joint and all cool, this Washington Avenue fixture (with other locations in Northeast Minneapolis and Roseville) has one of the best karaoke nights in town and a history of fun events from comedy nights to meat raffles.
If you've ever considered writing some jokes and giving standup comedy a try, know this: That first time is gonna be brutal. That being the case, y...
Talk-show host, MC, and barroom ringmaster Ian Rans is putting a new spin on the ubiquitous bar trivia with his riff on the classic game show The $...
With Die Kreuzen, the Melvins, Negative Approach, Mudhoney.
Finding a good spot to shoot pool can be a far trickier proposition than it ought to be. For anyone who can't make the trek to one of the many suburban pool halls, finding an open table at a local watering hole is littered with obstacles--from overcrowded bars to expensive tables to those pesky groups of players who refuse to give someone else a shot. Grumpy's in downtown Minneapolis does a fair job of splitting the difference: It almost always has open tables--even during... More »
Show us one person who claims to not secretly wish to be a country, rock, or rap star, and we'll show you a liar. Music celebrity will never happen for most of us, but that doesn't mean we can't dream. If you're ready to show a little of your exhibitionist side, Staraoke Karaoke may offer the best opportunity to publicly humiliate yourself. Hosted by the often-beehived Arzu Gocken, Staraoke's show probably has the fattest playlist in town, and the crowd is usually enthusiastic and unashamed.... More »
You can't throw a rock in this town without hitting a karaoke night. This probably has something to do with the fact that when you throw that rock, you'll probably nail some poor musician as well. And that sad, injured bassist is probably on her way to Staraoke at Grumpy's downtown. Why Staraoke? Well, we can start with the iconic, wig-donning, vintage-dress-wearing Arzu Gokcen, who's recently doubled her song catalog. But you need more than a legendary hostess and a massive supply of tunes... More »
We have a request for Grumpy's: Turn up the jukebox! The pleasure of pumping quarters into the most distinctive, diverse jukebox in town is often rendered futile because you can't hear a damn thing above the din of the bar crowd. This is a small tragedy. The jukebox at Grumpy's is a musical panacea: It has albums to accommodate every possible mood or mindset. Classic staples are covered (the King, Kinks, and Who), as are local upstarts (Dillinger Four, Har Mar Superstar, Soviettes). The... More »