Is the Gay '90s a bit too labyrinthine? Simplify next door at the Brass Rail, where a narrow but deep bar extends into a dancing lounge complete with cushioned seating. The shows here are also stripped down, literally. Skip the drag get-ups and makeup, go straight to the skin: Brass Rail hosts a male revue Wednesday through Sunday.
There are lots of good places to ogle your peers in the Twin Cities if you want to study a monoculture, but we've always found the best people-watching comes in places where you're not sure who's going to pass through your field of vision next. Get a lot of disparate characters crammed together cheek by jowl, forced to interact, and things get even better. That's why we like early evenings at the Brass Rail. Smack dab in downtown in the middle of a still moderately dodgy block, the place... More »