So I happen to love industrial/techno dance music and this is the place to be. I love bondage-a-go-go Saturday nights and all the awesome people there. Overall, I've had some intensely fun and interesting nights there! That being said, the staff is honestly pretty rude and elitist. Be fair warned that no matter how humble, kind, and open minded you may try to be, people will stick their nose up to you if you don't look "alternative." Sometimes it is kinda of dead, but I think they just need to advertise a little more and have friendlier service...that's all :)... (more)
- by LouLouBelle on Oct 20 '10
Potential but falls short
I have gone to Ground Zero a few dozen times, everytime hoping for more and being disappointed. I have been going to goth and industrial clubs for over 20 years now, on both coasts and other countries. When I first moved to Minneapolis I heard people raving about how great it was, but I do not see it. It might be great for the Hot Topic generation who are under the belief that nine inch nails and marilyn manson are industrial or goth, but for someone that knows the genres and has grown up on it it is a big dissapointment. There seems to be a bsaic playlist with a few songs switched around from time to time , all the songs are basic safe "top 40 industrial" songs, when they actually do play industrial, I have yet to hear more than 3 actual goth rock songs the entire time I have been going. It is disappointing and not worth the cover charge.... (more)
- by TJMOR on Mar 03 '10
midnight muse shakedown
i've been going to ground zero about 20 years now, but will have to switch to chambers because of the bait and switch practices ground zero has lately used for their cover. one recent example: on the midnight muse event on july 17 they charged $12 (over 21) and $14 (under 21) at the door. the show was advertised at $6/$8 (their usual cover) on the city pages web site, the secrets of the city web site, and in print. i was also told over the phone that very afternoon when i called them that it would be $6. i told the cashier girl and the guy stamping hands at the entrance this to no avail, it was gonna be $24 for my girlfiend and i. they were so unapologetic about the shakedown we left on principle... (more)
- by Firebreather on Jul 19 '09
The Front for food was great!! The Music was super good!!!! We sat at one of the tables next to the window and it was great. The menu has something for everyone.. The chef come out and talked with us and was very nice!!! Going back!!!!
- by Cyranolax on Jun 12 '09
Northeast Neighborhood Oddity
Imagine an establishment conceived by Anne Rice and Quentin Tarantino and you have Ground Zero. This dark haunt plays great music and serves up moderately priced and well poured drinks by a quick and friendly staff. The clientele is an unusual mix of people - the bulk of which can be best described as former Goth high school kids that have no other outlet now that they are in college...but don't let this deter you.
The 'upstairs' show is quite strange, but the whole experience may be a perfect ending to a pub crawl with the right people.... (more)
- by Prodigalson525 on Feb 17 '08
great synthpop and electronic music !!!!!!! DE/VISION live @@ Ground ZERO!!! :)
I am a huge fan of electronic/synthpop music, love Depeche Mode, DE/VISION, Erasure, Mesh, Iris, Melotron, VNV Nation, Human League, Information Society, Alphaville and soooo oooon............ Unfortunately there are no places in town BESIDES Ground Zero who plays this type of music.......... Ground Zero has bands like VNV Nation, And One, Combichrist performed before... and still have more to come...
*** On Feb 21/2008 they will have DE/VISION live at the venue!!! Freezepop is coming too... ***
Check it out.... (more)
- by euterpa on Jan 15 '08
fun spot an diverse
, love the patio and selection on menu. Great parking and location. Service was great also. I would go back again and again. ALos enjoy the shows and locationa as you can go to the times and other spots
- by lorrainess on Nov 05 '06
Not Recommended AT ALL!
Sure, if you'd like to spend a night in "HELL" with bad bartending, then this is the place for you! I have always been, and still am, disgusted with the atmosphere and pig-headed people who work at this toilet-bowl. One would think a so-called "GOTH" could make a decent Bloody Mary! You stink, "Ground Zero", literally~
- by kat_a_ton_ic on Nov 03 '06
Tons of fun
Even if you're a little skeptical, go! This place is fabulous for dancing. The music is dark and eminently danceable, and the people are friendly and laid-back. Everyone dances up a storm. I can't say more for this fun club. I've become a regular on Saturday nights. It's the place to dance.
- by taaf003 on May 10 '06
So I wouldn't normally go to a place with a description like this. Dark, goth, bondage...doesn't sound fun. Went one night with friends and this place is actually pretty awesome. The atmosphere, crowd is all very different. Cocktails, while strong, could use a little help. They are served in little plastic tumblers that are small little juice glasses. I don't know what else to say about this place. Try it if you're looking for something new and fun!
- by c197933 on Jan 23 '06
Lots to see and dance to
This place is two bars rolled into one. You have the Front which is a college type crowd hangout that plays mostly 70s and 80s dance music and the bar in back dripping in dark Industrial theme, has Goth heads and techno punks hopping around to hard edge beats.
The bar is a little run down and dark in some places but overall, there is a lot to see and dance to. From gays, straights, Goth to Yuppie, everyone gets along in this bar and no attitude is thrown about. Everyone is there to dance & have fun.
The service is pretty quick, hospitable and the prices are average.
Parking is very hard to find, especially after 9pm. Street parking or pay $$ at some lots.
With the huge atmospheric difference between bars & music, there is something for everybody at this place no matter who you are.... (more)
- by joshieh on Oct 17 '03
I love both ground zero and the front. Ground zero is a fun, relaxing and laid back club. It is very entertaining to one's curious mind. The front give a whole new setting which is fun for those who get board easily in the same spot. This is definatly a fun spot to go for a night on the town!
- by naughty_kat on Jan 17 '03
Saved by Zero
I personally love Ground Zero. It is the only place in the Twin Cities where people can be themselves. Almost everything goes. On most nights the music is excellent and fun to dance to. It is also the only place in the Twin Cities that has live entertainment without being a "strip club". From the upstairs Dom shows (which by the way IS real not staged) to the bondage a go-go performers, visiting this club is an experience. So if it's adventure and creativity you seek, go here!
- by belladonna69 on Dec 04 '02
downfall of ground zero
friday nite at ground zero was the only bona fide underground retro nite in the twin cities. film, music video & pop/club hits were all combined for an unbelievable experience.
as of october 2002, the retro nite has been scrapped, replaced with crap electroclash/techno (and the repeated playing of underworld "cowgirl" with an abrupt beginning everytime).
friday nites are now like a ghost town. i've stopped going. so should you.
- by angelsux on Nov 30 '02
These reviews are misleading! Yes, this bar is great, but it's not all about erotica and bondage. I've been to the Front several times and have LOVED it! Great music, interesting crowd (to say the least), rarely long waits for drinks, pleasant staff, not a huge meat market. All about DANCING! It's when you head to Ground Zero that it gets a little too goth-ish ... but I definitely give the Front a 10! Just watch out for old men wearing nothing but a g-string and flannel shirt.... ;)
- by bethvd on Nov 23 '02
I dont even knwo where to start, great atmosphere, interesting people, great music and you can forget the upstairs lounge. There is no other bar to be in on a Saturday night. Upstairs is not for the timid, cant wait to go back. The upstairs "Hostess's" wont soon be forgot
- by dejavoodoo on Oct 01 '02
. . .is easily 1 of the funnest places to dance in the Twin Cities. Good place to meet people w/o getting groped, like some places I could name!
- by megmcmn on Aug 23 '02
Still the sexiest club in town!
Ground Zero's Bondage A-Go-Go is still the sexiest show in town. Even though the stage shows aren't what they used to be, the dance floor is filled with the sexiest women in the Twin Cities.
- by DavidG58 on Aug 14 '02
Are you into Bondage?
Don't go if you're a freak gauking at the freaks? OK? It's really boring when people just stand around to watch people in bondage. It gets REALLY boring after awhile. Just get up a dance dude! Anyway, I wouldn't recommend this place unless you like chain link sounding music. I like all kind of music, but I can't stand gaukers.
- by WildChild on Aug 09 '02
Everyone's welcome, and it's cheap!
The Front is the best for going dancing when you don't feel like spending tons of money (no cover, cheap drinks, street parkin) and don't want to worry about a dress code.
I love the music too with DJ Dirty Duke - 70s and 80s funk, rap, dance/disco and a little hip-hop (and of course Prince).
It's always crowded b/c it's popular and small.
There is a mixed crowd and you never feel too cool or not cool enough.
Bartenders/cocktailers are always nice (even though very busy).
- by AmandaSunshineY on Jul 26 '02