When watching Minnesota sports teams at bars becomes too depressing, having another activity to do is essential. While pool and darts are the usual bar games offered to patrons, some establishments have gotten creative and provide different options for fun. In Minnesota, several local bars are bringing back popular board games and making them available to bar-goers. Next time you’re in one of these neighborhoods, check out the local bar with the happening board games.
The Chatterbox Pub
2229 E. 35th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Get your game on at the Chatterbox Pub. This quaint neighborhood bar has gone for the vintage look of a 1980s den, complete with Nintendo and Sega games as well as cozy couches and coffee tables. The food is passable bar grub but the best part is the beer selection, containing local and international favorites. Sit back on a couch and select a board game from the library of fun while you enjoy your brew. The selection ranges from the classics such as Clue and Monopoly to the new favorites like Apples to Apples and Taboo. Hours of fun are to be had at the Chatterbox.
2200 4th St. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Although there’s a Grumpy’s located in other parts of the state, the Northeast location is the best place to relax and enjoy a game. A fun local bar that welcomes all types of hipsters and not-so-hipsters, Grumpy’s has great specials, a fun atmosphere and a fantastic staff. Enjoy trivia on Wednesdays in between playing other games and have fun on Mondays when beers are half price. The music is fun and many favorites are played throughout the night. Hungry? Grumpy’s may not have much of a kitchen, but its frozen pizza is the talk of the town.
900 S. Washington Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55415
A fun hotel bar with a casual atmosphere and friendly staff, the WXYZ invites those having a short stay in Minneapolis and those who plan to stick out this state for the long run. Aside from the fun selection of board games and posh couches, the WXYZ boasts a creative and tasty cocktail menu along with a great wine and beer list. Enjoy an original cocktail in this lounge-type establishment and relax with some old or new friends. The appetizers are also a great complement to your evening, and outdoor seating is available when the weather is nice.
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The Muddy Pig
162 N. Dale St.
St. Paul, MN 55102
A St. Paul favorite, The Muddy Pig is well known for its large selection of craft beers, bourbons and scotch menu. Locals and travelers tend to make it a point to stop into the Muddy Pig at some point in their week to enjoy the company, food, drink and games. A game shelf is stocked with fun board games for those who want to hang out and chat over dice rolls. The Muddy Pig also offers a food menu with pizza and pasta selections alongside southwest favorites which are affectionately called “Pig-Mex.” Stop in for a pint and stay for a round of games.
2021 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Minnesota’s favorite dive bar is Liquor Lyle’s. Located in Uptown Minneapolis, Liquor Lyle’s offers the best in the way of cheap drinks, greasy food, a hip crowd and bar games. Watch sports on television or engage in a vintage board game while cramming into its tiny vinyl booths. Liquor Lyle’s is known to produce a good time for all and is even open for breakfast. Nurse your hangover with a bloody mary in the morning over some good greasy grub.
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.