American’s largest sporting event is again almost upon us. There have been a lot of ups and downs this year, with young teams looking to dethrone last year’s champs, Hail Marys turning into game-winning plays and players big and small stepping it up in the spotlight. The excitement is palpable, the energy is undeniable. No matter which two teams end up playing the big game, get in on the action at one of these local sports bars.
Lyndale Tap House
2937 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
It’s big, it’s loud, it’s fun. Just like the Super Bowl. It’s also the only bar of its type in this bustling piece of Minneapolis. The addition of new 50-inch flat screens makes it even easier to catch all the action, and drink and food specials only add to the party. A menu full of meaty game day classics and a substantial beer list will supplement the game. It’s sure to get wild, so be prepared for some pre and post-game antics.
Billy’s On Grand
857 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
This Packers bar is always lively for games throughout the season. If you’ve ever gone as a Vikings fan, chances are you’ve exchanged barbs with some of those yellow and green-clad fans from across the border. But the Super Bowl is a different story, and with tons of beer flowing, and different rooms with different bars all with great views of the game (included a pull-down big screen in the back), Billy’s remains one of the prime places to catch a game, and even more so come the biggest game of the year.
Mac’s Industrial Sports Bar
312 Central Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
This bar pops up often when talking about the best sports bar in the Twin Cities. It might be because of the awesome greasy food that is often a prerequisite for watching the game, or the multitudes of televisions, or the always-fun crowd that comes out to support their favorite team. Maybe it’s the spacious floor plan that lets you jump up and cheer without (much) risk of crashing into the next table. Maybe it’s a perfect blend of all of those things. Whatever the reason, it’s the sports emporium that we Minnesotans deserve on for the Super Bowl.
139 7th St E
St Paul, MN 55101
The fact that it was founded by a former Chicago Bears player is only one of the charms of watching football at this downtown St. Paul sports institution. Yes, it is a Chicago Bears bar, but the Bears didn’t even come close to the big game this year (better luck next year), but there isn’t a bad seat in the house to watch any game. Dozens of HD flatscreens mean you can get stuck in the last available seat and still have a good view. Add one of the best beer lists in the city, a rowdy atmosphere always full of die-hard fans, and this will be the Super Bowl party you won’t want to miss.
Tiffany’s Sports Lounge
2051 Ford Parkway
St Paul, MN 55116
This cozy bar in St. Paul is an ideal sports watching, with steeped seating areas so you can watch the game from any angle. There is a “Cheers”-type feel at Tiff’s, so chances are even the fans of rival teams will end up as your friends by the end of the game. Tiff’s is the go-to for watching sports in St. Paul, as the Surround Sound system puts you right in the middle of the action, and the good food and drinks will keep you full and happy all game long.
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Adrian Schramm is a resident Saint Paul writer with a passion for all things local. Through his work with Saint Paul Almanac and Minneapolis Examiner at Examiner.com, as well as in the kitchens of bars and restaurants around town, he has discovered what truly makes the Twin Cities tick.