The last week of August turns everyone into a tennis fan. The excitement of the U.S. Open becomes contagious for those who appreciate the athleticism and coordination that it takes to play the game. Aside from the high entertainment value of the sport, tennis has brought some of the most charismatic and interesting players into the public eye. Bars across the country set their televisions to the matches during Open season and patrons enjoy cheering on their favorites, whether they are from the United States or other parts of the world. Find other tennis fans and enjoy the games at these local bars.
JJ’s Clubhouse Sports Bar & Grill
6400 Wayzata Blvd.
Golden Valley, MN 55426
Travel outside of the city to a fun and energetic neighborhood sports bar for watching the U.S. Open. JJ’s has several high-definition television sets tuned to various sporting events, including the U.S. Open. Get your tennis fix among the friendly staff and patrons that frequent the Clubhouse. Enjoy a sports bar experience and all of the excitement of the games all day long. Mimosa breakfasts are served on weekends and Thursdays feature all-day happy hour. Drink specials and a large selection of beers go great with the tasty menu. Root for your favorite tennis champs at the Clubhouse.
Sky Deck Lanes
60 W. Broadway Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55425
Interested in a sports bar that has more than just televisions and drinks? The Sky Deck Lanes at the Mall of America appeals to fans of all ages and offers entertainment other than the tournaments. Aside from food and beverages, Sky Deck Lanes serves games of all kinds. Play billiards or bowl while you enjoy some tennis viewing. The Sky Deck is also filled with arcade games and prizes for those who enjoy gaming. Watch a champion while winning a game of your own.
Mac’s Industrial Sports Bar And Grill
312 Central Ave. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Everyone’s favorite part of town is Northeast Minneapolis. Travel over to Mac’s Industrial Sports Bar And Grill for a laid-back afternoon of tennis. Mac’s Industrial has televisions all over the place and many of them will be tuned to the matches. While you’re watching, be sure to try the best Reuben in the state as well a few options from the huge selection of local beers. While tennis may be the fancy sport of kings, you don’t have to put yourself among a pretentious crowd to enjoy it.
Big 10 Restaurant And Bar
606 Washington Ave. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
The Big 10 Restaurant and Bar is located on campus at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Watch the U.S. Open among college students and experience all of the energy a college bar has to offer. The Big 10 has been a landmark sports bar for college students for over 50 years and is the home of many great memories of sports watching. Enjoy free popcorn or the trademark subs and bar food that has become popular throughout campus. Support a local establishment while supporting your favorite tennis players.
Scoreboard Bar And Grill
5765 Sanibel Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55343
Head out to Minnetonka to enjoy watching the U.S. Open among the locals. The Scoreboard Bar and Grill is a casual establishment that invites an eclectic group of patrons. With games broadcast on the many televisions around the venue, the Scoreboard is the perfect place to watch alone or with a group. Enjoy a breakfast menu complete with Bloody Marys for those 10 a.m. matches and stay all day to watch as the competition heats up.
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Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for eight years. She loves covering all things Minnesota and her work can be found on Examiner.com.