Known for its freezing winters, Minneapolis boasts one of the hottest gay scenes in the heartland of the US. From bars to shops, and everything in-between, Gayborhood is your guide to the best LGBT-friendly businesses scattered throughout the city.

Over the past few years, Minneapolis has developed a strong reputation of being a queer-friendly city, supporting gay rights and same-sex marriage. A city that has constantly took it up a notch, Minneapolis was the first one to vote and accept gay and lesbian pastors and one of the few to introduce a student non-discrimination act to protect gay students from being bullied.

With a rich cultural landscape, a fertile art scene and a growing LGBTQ scene, it’s easy to see why Minneapolis has become a hot destination for gay travelers. Throw in hip shops, a mix of ethnic and sophisticated cuisine, charming architecture, modern skyscrapers and a thriving night scene, and you got yourself a gay magnet city.

The Minneapolis queer scene is alive and constantly growing. You will not find a designated gayborhood, but most businesses have a “come as you are attitude” and will make you feel welcome. Gay nightlife is concentrated in Downtown Minneapolis, where you will find a handful of gay bars and clubs catering to every want. Whether it’s a classic diner, a hip lounge, a neighborhood institution or a hole-in-the-wall, there’s something for everyone in this mid-size city.

Art lovers will be thrilled to discover that Minneapolis has some of the best museums and theaters in North America. With the second most theater seats per capita in the nation, Minneapolis’ theater scene is internationally acclaimed and a must. So, whatever you do, make time to see a world-class theatrical production.

After you’ve indulged in art and culture, grab a bite at one of Minneapolis’ great ethnic restaurants and cafes. The night is young, so you’ve got plenty of time to enjoy a drink or two at a neighborhood bar before heading to The Famous Bras Rail to dance the night away.