King of Clubs
Vital statistics
Type Bar
Location Fargo, North Dakota
Owner(s) Unknown
First seen Fargo

King of Clubs is a bar in Fargo, North Dakota. In January 1987, Jerry Lundegaard met with Carl Showalter and Gaear Grimsrud at King of Clubs to discuss hiring them to kidnap his wife, Jean, and ransom her for $80,000 to her father Wade Gustafson.

Known customers

  • Carl Showalter
  • Gaear Grimsrud
  • Jerry Lundegaard


  • The song playing on the bar's jukebox is "Big City" by Merle Haggard.
  • King of Clubs was an actual bar originally located in Central Minneapolis. The building was demolished in 2003 for apartment construction.
  • In the original script, the Fargo bar was known as the "Jolly Troll Tavern", an actual smörgåsbord in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Jolly Troll was featured later in the film as the Brainerd buffet where Marge and Norm Gunderson eat fricassée.

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