Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

The Doublewide, where everybody probably knows your name February 24, 2017

The Doublewide is home of the signature The Doozy Bloody Mary.

The Doublewide is home of the signature The Doozy Bloody Mary.

DOWN THE HILL from Saint Nicholas Catholic Church and along the street named Saint Joseph rests a doublewide trailer. No one lives there. Rather, the doublewide is The Doublewide, a popular bar in Elko New Market.

Not that I’ve ever stepped inside the bar. I’ve only photographed the exterior and checked out the business website and Facebook page.

The bar hosted a vintage snowmobile show and beer bash in January.

The bar hosted a vintage snowmobile show and beer bash in January.

Why bother? Because I’m interested. And what I learned indicates The Doublewide is more than just a place to grab a beer and shoot a game of pool. It’s a place for the community to come together whether for a meat raffle; entertainment in the form of BINGO, live music or karaoke; a vintage snowmobile show; a combo fashion show-wine tasting; open mic night; bean bag league; and more.




It seems fitting that the bar is situated along a street named after a patron saint of working people. I’m inclined to think that good hard-working Minnesotans are drawn to The Doublewide for the sense of community, of caring for one another.

TELL ME: Is there a Doublewide in your community?

© Copyright 2017 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


22 Responses to “The Doublewide, where everybody probably knows your name”

  1. The sign caught my attention where it says “on off sale” at the bottom. What is that, do you know?

  2. We have a few local hangouts in town. Love the name – Doublewide. I have thought Medicine Shop would be a good name for a local hangout. Cheers to a Happy Weekend – Enjoy 🙂

  3. Beth Ann Says:

    Love the name and your theories about who goes to The Doublewide. I bet you are right. I bet is is where everyone knows your name! And your mom and dad’s name. And the name of your kids.

  4. Joan Says:

    Yes! I live a few miles from there and have never been there… Enjoy your local posts…

  5. I like the name, too! The community feel you mention is something that also exists in neighborhood coffeehouses where people make a habit of picking up morning coffee. Since part of my childhood included life in a mobile home, I would absolutely have to stop in at the Doublewide if I were in the neighborhood. 🙂

  6. That’s an interesting name for a bar. I used to work in a bar and cafe named the Happy Hour. It was fun then but I’m not sure that I could handle it in my old age.

  7. Mark Says:

    The double wide is an awesome place. Great staff and service. Always something going on. Typical Elko-new market bar.

  8. Josh Storlie Says:

    What a great article! Really wish you woulda came inside and said Hi!

    • There’s always next time, Josh. Thanks for the personal invitation.

      This is kind of a joke between my husband and me. If we stopped everywhere I wanted to stop and photograph and do a story, we’d never get anywhere. Some days “getting nowhere” is OK. Next time we’re in town…

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