Fridley had not been on our nightlife itinerary until we discovered Crooners. Sort of a mashup of First Avenue (there are two music rooms) and the Dakota Jazz Club, this converted supper club still serves supper-club food. But the music in the 200-capacity lounge is an eclectic mix for baby boomers, with the likes of Mary Jane Alm, Willie Walker and Patty Peterson. The jewel of Crooners is the Dunsmore Room, a listening parlor with just 80 seats and a gorgeous Bösendorfer grand piano. Don’t talk or clank your fork. Just appreciate the instrumental and vocal sounds in an intimate atmosphere overlooking Moore Lake. 6161 Hwy. 65 NE., Fridley, 763-571-9020,

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