Minnesota bars in small towns and in the Twin Cities area offer residents and visitors the opportunity to live out their “urban cowboy” dreams. Mechanical bull rides, popularized by a 1980 movie starring John Travolta, can be found in country-western bars around the state. Some bars even allow children to ride the mechanical bull.
Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill Minnesota
Country music star Toby Keith opened a location in his chain of "I Love This Bar & Grill" establishments in the summer of 2010 in suburban Minneapolis. The country music bar has a mechanical bull called “Toby” for patrons to ride. Customers can order drinks from an 85-foot bar shaped like a guitar. They can also order Southwest-themed cuisine from late morning into late evening. Live music and dancing are among the other activities at the bar. The bar is open seven days a week.
Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill Minnesota 1623 Park Place Blvd. Saint Louis Park, MN 763-450-9999 tobykeith.com/minnesota
Bamboo Betty’s is a bar in the small town of Circle Pines, approximately 15 miles north of the Twin Cities. It has a mechanical bull for patrons, a stage for live music and a dance floor. Guests can order drinks from one of the two bars, surf the web via the bar’s free Wi-Fi and sit outside on the Tiki Hut-themed patio area. The bar has a full menu serving hamburgers, pizza wings and bar food. Happy hour is every day from 4 to 7 p.m. The bar has daily drink specials and theme nights. Bamboo Betty’s sponsors local sports teams and hosts community events. The bar is open seven days a week.
Bamboo Betty’s 3800 Restwood Road Circle Pines, MN 55014 763-786-1014 bamboobettys.com
Rollie’s Rednecks and Longnecks
Rollie’s Rednecks and Longnecks is a country music bar and restaurant in the small town of Sauk Rapids north of the city of St. Cloud. The bar features a mechanical bull riding ring for patrons. On Thursdays women can ride the bull for free. Weekly events include Tuesday all-you-can-eat Polish sausage and sauerkraut and a local radio station DJ on Wednesday nights. Live music is on the stage several days a week. Sunday is family day and kids ride the bull for free until 3 p.m.
Rollie’s Rednecks and Longnecks 940 35th Ave NE Sauk Rapids, MN 56379 320-255-0912 rolliesbar.com