Grumpy’s at Roseville
2801 Snelling Ave
Roseville, MN 55113
Date: Every Fri. at 9 p.m.
Be sure to show up early and sign up to show your skills and win tickets for food or drinks at Grumpy’s. The Friday night manager sets up brackets for teams of two to compete for a prize selected at her discretion that evening. It doesn’t cost anything and you get to enjoy the thrill and pressure of surviving the single-elimination tournament. Win bragging rights in your group when you go with your buddies and beat them in head-to-head competition.
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Park Place Sports Bar
200 Broadway Ave.
St. Paul Park, MN 55071
Date: Every Sun. at 6 p.m. through Sept. 28, 2014
Bean bag toss is big at Park Place Sports Bar and no registration fee is required. Every Sunday night, players get a free pint of Miller Lite and the winner gets a $20 Park Place gift card. Winners and all players are invited back for the Tournament of Champions. Season champs play for a $100 Park Place gift card and all others play for a $20 gift card. All players celebrate with an establishment-provided season-end taco bar. Throughout the summer, patrons can toss bean bags on their own for fun every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Sports fans can also come to Park Place for the city of St. Paul Park’s Heritage Day Bean Bag Toss Tournament on Saturday August 16, 2014. Registration starts at 1 p.m. for two-person teams at a cost of $20.
Scoops Pub & Grill
482 Northdale Blvd.
Coon Rapids, MN 55448
Scoops in Coon Rapids has bean bag toss equipment available for patrons to enjoy in the patio area. The bar has hosted tourneys in the past but now encourages play on a more casual basis.
Duck’s Pub & Billiards
3606 W. Division St.
Saint Cloud, Minnesota 56301
Date: Mon. nights at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. summer, Sun. nights at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. fall
Duck’s Pub hosts serious outdoor bean bag league play every summer and fall. Two-person teams go head-to-head in a five-game set each hour according to the league schedule established at the beginning of the season. The entire $50 entry fee goes toward cash prizes awarded at season end. Duck’s has established itself as the pre-eminent recreational sports bar by hosting many other sports and recreational league competition in everything from billiards to darts to boot hockey. The bar boasts an indoor golf simulator and St. Cloud’s only sand volleyball courts. Patrons compete in the bean bag toss league at the sand pits, a natural place to play that sport.
O’Gara’s Bar and Grill
164 Snelling Ave. N.
St Paul, MN 55104
Date: Sat. Sept. 6, 2014
Throw some bags, don a shirt, take pleasure in eats and quaff a beer, all in the name of charity. O’Gara’s is hosting The Second Annual Saint Paul Bag Toss Tournament, spearheaded by Dean Niemiec. Look for an expanded tourney this fall involving more metro area bars. Last year’s tournament was mega-fun, even though the weather chased everyone indoors to play in The Garage. Nevertheless, 27 teams raised an extra $1,300 for Second Harvest Heartland to stock food shelves across Minnesota.
Robin Johnson was born in Annandale, Minn. and graduated from Richfield High School and then the University of Minnesota where he studied Political Science, Business and Industrial Relations. A writer for Examiner.com, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at Examiner.com.