A new watering hole for Minnesota United fans on the doorstep of the spectacular Allianz Field opens its doors officially next week.
The Black Hart of St. Paul is styling itself as the place to be for Loons fans, located just a few hundred feet from their team's 20,000-seater new home.
It's technically been open for several months now, but it will hold an official "Grand Re-Opening" on March 2, when it will hold a Minnesota United Watch Party as the Loons kick off the new MLS season in Vancouver.
They'll have to wait more than a month for a home game, with United not debuting at Allianz Field until April 13.
The Black Hart is located in the former home of The Town House Bar, which was St. Paul's oldest LGBTQ bar, known for its vibrant drag shows.
Owner Wes Burdine says that the Black Hart is still a gay bar, but with added soccer fandom. In fact, a drag show is planned for 10 p.m. on opening night, a few hours after the United game finishes.
"We want to be a bar that brings people together," Burdine said in a press release. "The Black Hart is a place for the queer community, for Twin Cities soccer fans, and for the community of Saint Paul in general.
"I’ve spent the last six months of renovations not just trying to bring new people in, but getting to know regulars and talk about what the bar has meant to them," he added.
"Hardly a week goes by when someone doesn’t come up to me to shake my hand and tell me about how it was their first gay bar 10, 20, or 30 years ago. That’s a legacy that needs to live on and thrive."
You can find the Black Hart at 1415 University Ave W.