Late last call: Many Minneapolis bars open until 4 a.m. for All-Star fans

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When the players run off the field at the conclusion of the All-Star game on Tuesday night, many baseball fans will stream out of Target Field to bars ready to serve them into the wee hours, with bar closing pushed back to 4 a.m.

KSTP reports that about 30 downtown spots obtained special permits from the city that will allow them to keep serving alcohol for two hours after the typical 2 a.m. close. The Minnesota Legislature gave Minneapolis bars a special dispensation for game day; the last time the bars got special permission to stay open until 4 a.m. was during the Republican National Convention in 2008.

The anticipated 160,000 visitors in town for the game can expect a strong police presence that will continue until all the fans have returned to their homes and hotels.

Meanwhile, bar and restaurant owners are hoping for All-Star profits from the extended hours. Tim Mahoney, owner of The Loon Cafe, told KSTP that he expects a 10 to 15 percent boost in revenue this month related to the game and the festivities leading up to it.

"It's an experiment for the city as well. I mean, if this happens, about the Super Bowls, the Final Fours and stuff, if this 4 a.m. license thing works, and everyone behaves themselves and it goes over well, then we can probably continue to do it," Mahoney said.

The Business Journal carried a list of the downtown bars that will go into extra innings on game day. The list also includes places that are termed "adult venues." They include:

  • The 508 Bar & Restaurant—508 First Ave. N.
  • Seven Steakhouse Sushi Ultralounge Skybar—700 Hennepin Ave.
  • Aqua Nightclub—400 First Ave. N.
  • Augie's Cabaret— 424 Hennepin Ave.
  • Bar Fly—711 Hennepin Ave.
  • Brother's Bar & Grill—430 First Ave. N.
  • Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre—824 Hennepin Ave.
  • The Capital Grille--801 Hennepin Ave.
  • Cowboy Jacks—126 Fifth St. N.
  • Club New York—10 Fifth St. S.
  • Devil's Advocate—89 10th St. S.
  • Downtown Cabaret—115 Fourth St. S.
  • The Executive Lounge—418 Third Ave. N.
  • Firelake Grill House—31 Seventh St. S.
  • First Avenue—701 First Ave. N.
  • The Grand Hotel—615 Second Ave. S.
  • Hyatt Regency Minneapolis—1300 Nicollet Mall
  • Hubert's Sports Bar—600 First Ave. N.
  • Kieran's Irish Pub—85 Sixth St. N.
  • The Local—931 Nicollet Mall
  • The Loon Cafe—500 First Ave. N.
  • Marin Restaurant & Bar—901 Hennepin Ave.
  • Millenium Hotel—1313 Nicollet Mall
  • The Pourhouse—10 Fifth St. S.
  • Rick's Cabaret—300 Third St. S.
  • The Seville Club—15 Glenwood Ave.
  • The Shout House—650 Hennepin Ave.
  • Solera Restaurant & Event Center—900 Hennepin Ave.
  • Spades Nightclub—322 First Ave. N.
  • Uncle Bucks—26 Fifth St. N.

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