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Women-owned sports bar exclusively celebrates and empowers women sports fans

Having launched right on time for the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament, this bar is gathering everyone's attention.

Women-owned sports bar exclusively celebrates and empowers women sports fans
Representative Cover Image Source: Pexels | Pixabay, MPR News | Jillian Hiscock

Women are increasingly claiming theirequal place in society, including in the sports world. Particularly, in the world of sports, women have made remarkable achievements that served as inspirations to many little girls out there. However, when it comes to sports bars, one can only think of places that mostly display men's sports. To break that barrier, a few all-women sports bars are popping up in the U.S. and "A Bar Of Their Own" in Minneapolis, Minnesota is one of them. This women-owned sports bar is the first of its kind in the Midwest and only the fourth in the country, per MPR News.

Representative Image Source: Pexels | Mohit Marwaha
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Mohit Marwaha

Catering to the growing demands of women sports fans, the sports bar was launched last Friday (March 1) just in time for the Big Ten women’s basketball tournament held this week at Target Centre in Minneapolis. Jillian Hiscock, the owner of "A Bar Of Their Own" told the media channel, "I jokingly say that every sports bar you walk into in the Twin Cities area is probably a men’s sports bar. We just don’t call it that." After years of hopping into Twin Cities bars that mostly showed men's sports, Hiscock was not ready to ask the bartenders to change the channel to women's sports anymore - she instead created the all-women sports bar of her dreams.


The grand opening weekend of "A Bar Of Their Own" was quite successful with people lined up in long queues in front of the bar. The walls of the sports bar were donned with pictures of local and national women athletes who had made great achievements. People have 12 screens to watch their favorite female athletic icon play their match. Also, a signed poster from the Rockford Peaches, the Illinois women’s baseball team based on which the movie "A League of Their Own" was made adorns the bar. One can also sport some signed jerseys and an LGBTQ+ pride flag.


Just after 18 minutes of opening, the sports bar was at full capacity. Overwhelmed by a myriad of sports fans hoarding the bar, the owner posted a few tips that would make the experience comfortable for the customers. It included alerting the customers about long waiting times and limited table time since the bar was equipped with approximately 85 seats. Also, the customers were requested to treat the bar staff and other customers with respect. Hiscock believes that with women's sports gaining momentum in the Twin Cities, there is great hope for "A Bar Of Their Own." Speaking of the awareness about women's sports, Hiscock told the media, "As a young kid, I didn’t even know that it was missing because I didn’t know what was available. We have to make it easier for kids, and young women in particular, to be able to see themselves on television."


With the Big Women's Basketball tournament ahead, Hiscock's Sports Bar had the honor of hosting the game's trophy on Sunday night. Customers were welcome to click a picture with the trophy and the bar also gave them an opportunity to win tickets for the big game.  What was just Hiscock's dream last September, took shape and has successfully garnered attention this month. Speaking about the remarkable idea of establishing a sports bar, Kate Voss, a loyal Lynx fan and Hiscock's friend told the news channel, "If you put us on TV, we’re going to show up and we’re going to consume. There is not anything I have seen a woman put her mind to that she is not going to accomplish."

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