The long-awaited opening of Gladius, a new LGBT bar in downtown Minneapolis has arrived. The bar opened its doors Friday night and promises a grand opening party later this month.

Gladius bills itself as “finally a gay bar in the Twin Cities with a New York Chic style atmosphere” and joins Tickles and Lush as new arrivals to LGBT nightlife in the Twin Cities, with promises of a newly revamped Brass Rail on the way as well.

Gladius has announced several drink specials in its first few weeks of business: Two-for-one on rail drinks and domestic bottles before 10 pm and Wednesday features $1 off Smirnoff Vodka.

Gladius is located at 1111 Hennepin Ave. S. and is open Monday through Thursday from 4 pm to 2 am, Friday from 3 pm to 2 am, and Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to 2 am.

More information can be found at the bar’s Facebook page, and look for a review by in the next few days.

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  1. What a joke. The place looks like it’s decorated for a high school prom. And only 2 beers? Please. Would you like Miller Lite or Miller Lite? But, what are we to expect from a tacky drag queen owner…

    If you’re looking for “chic,” check the new Happy Hour at the 90’s or the newly-remodeled Brass Rail. Or, try LUSH in NE Mpls.

  2. This place is just oh-so-sad. I’ve given it a shot five or six times, but have been sorely disappointed. Unless they totally revamp the place, I’m done. From the somewhat chintzy decor and finishes to the inferior-quality sound system, this place lacks in many areas. Great that they’ve got an all-transgender revue, but it seems to be more of a (and I’m putting this nicely) “hip-hop” type of crowd; not typically the kind of crowd us gay folk want to hang around. Half of the staff is decent, the other half of the staff is just plain rude. (Mainly, the owner and “general manager.” Maybe it’s because she’s pregnant? I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt.) If your staff, or owner, is going to eat while on the clock, maybe he or she should do it in the basement. Nearly every time I’ve been in the place, an employee has been chowing down on pizza right in the middle of the bar. Certainly not “New York Chic.” So, Dear Owner, keep on trying, but you’re going to have to do something major to rocket this bar from the 80’s (i.e. decor) into 2010.


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