MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - After 67 years, Nye's Polonais Room in northeast Minneapolis celebrated its final last call on Sunday night. The iconic bar was once dubbed “The Best Bar in America” by Esquire magazine.
“We are drinking a lot of alcohol which helps with the sadness,” one patron said.
Nye's opened in 1950 when original owner Al Nye bought a working man's bar called Hefron's and added the popular piano bar 14 years later. Over the years, its kitschy fixtures, jumbo cocktails, and piano and polka music have drawn thousands of lounge lizards who enjoy taking a leap back in time.
84-year-old Nye’s regular Vera Strandmark has been frequenting Nye's since she started singing at the piano bar 54 years ago with her husband David.
“You gotta be a little crazy to be coming as long as I have,” Strandmark said. "I'm going to miss the people here, and we're all hopefully going to keep on hanging on to each other."
But all good things must come to an end, which is a lesson Daina De Prez learned when she took over the bench for Lou Snyder, who had tickled the ivories at Nye’s for 45 years.
“I'll be crying for this place. I don't know where you are going to find it again. And I don't think you will,” De Prez said.
The bar is auctioning off everything from the gold glitter booths to glassware in an online auction starting April 11 through April 17.