Posted at 1:44 PM on November 1, 2009
by Julia Schrenkler
If you're wondering why a bar is important, you may want to spend a little time with The Current's "Last Call at the Uptown" documentary series. Places to eat and drink have long centered neighborhoods, but some can create more than a landing spot... they become part of an identity. Everyone wants to belong in a place other than home and to belong:
"I have many memories of the Uptown, but thinking of it as a neighborhood bar sparks a memory from the early 1990s. I was there with several friends, including someone who had just moved to Minneapolis from rural Wisconsin. When she ordered a "wine cooler" the bartender asked what suburb we were from. We were MORTIFIED that he thought we were suburbanites rather than regulars! I think he would have kicked us out if she had ordered a Zima!!" - Posted by Jodi on Last Call at the Uptown Bar: The neighborhood bar
Whether you went to the Uptown to hear the music, to perform on stage, or just plain didn't go and want to see what the fuss is about, watch and listen to the documentaries.