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Best Places To Watch The Vikings

November 9, 2010 4:21 PM

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It’s game day, you don’t have tickets and the cable is on the fritz … so what do you do? Where do you go? There are plenty of places across the metro to not only enjoy the game on the big screen but to also enjoy your favorite drinks and foods that you don’t even have to make yourself. And in one of these sports bars, you won’t look like a fool jumping up and down all by yourself at the latest Brett Favre touchdown pass. You’ll be joining the crowd!

JJ’s Clubhouse

6400 Wayzata Blvd.
Golden Valley, Minn. 55426

(763) 595-8771

With more than a dozen TVs and a cozy atmosphere, heading to JJ’s Clubhouse will feel like watching the game at home … but you don’t have to cook! While they offer a bus to every Vikings game, if you don’t have a ticket, grab your seat where you can watch more than one game. And if you’re wanting to get an early start to your Vikings-watching, they serve a delicious breakfast Sunday mornings.

Joe Senser’s

Four locations: Bloomington, Plymouth, Roseville

While they have several locations, this is the place to get the ultimate sports experience, especially since it’s owned by a former Viking. The sports bars have huge 5- by 9-foot HDTV screens with personal speakers at each table so you can hear the exact game you want, or switch around as your head swivels at all the screens. How good is Joe Senser’s for enjoying games? They were ranked No. 15 on Sports Illustrated’s list of best sports bars in America and No. 18 on ESPN’s Cold Pizza.

Hubert’s Bar and Restaurant

601 Chicago Avenue
Minneapolis, Minn. 55415

(612) 332-6062

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Across the street from the Metrodome, it’s about as close as you’ll get to the action without actually being under the Dome for a game. Be prepared for a line outside, especially if it’s right around game time. But inside you’ll feel cozy with large booths, tap beers and general bar food to enjoy. The bar is decorated with sports memorabilia that would make any fan envious.

Rail Station Bar and Grill

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3675 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, Minn. 55406

(612) 729-3663

Located in the heart of the Longfellow neighborhood, the Rail Station Bar & Grill is a family-run restaurant and bar with plenty to enjoy during a Vikings game. They have a long list of Vikings game-day specials from beer to well drinks to 1/2 price burgers. And stop by during any Vikings game and sign up to win an autographed Jared Allen jersey.

New Hope Cinema Grill

2749 Winnetka Avenue North
New Hope, Minn. 55427

(763) 417-0017

The New Hope Cinema Grill is once again playing all Vikings games — and being a cinema they can definitely claim to have the biggest screen in the metro to watch! And being a grill, they’ve got food and drink specials. They are also home to the Cinema Grill Skol Squad — a group of enthusiastic fans that make games at Cinema Grill feel like you’re at the Dome. They cheer on every 1st down and sing the Vikings fight song, “SKOL VIKINGS,” every time they score.


1690 Woodlane Drive
Woodbury, Minn. 55125

(651) 379-9211

If you’re looking for a place with ultimate game-day specials, check out Throwbacks in Woodbury. They offer free beer one-hour prior to kick-off and a free appetizer buffet for the entire first half of the game. And then there’s the buy one, get one for $1 all day, every Sunday. If you want to catch every minute of the action, Throwbacks has 30 TV’s and a 10-foot projection TV in their main room. And there’s even more TVs in the bar area.

J Cousineau’s

13540 Grove Drive
Maple Grove, Minn. 55311

(763) 420-8355

If you’ve got tickets to the game, start your game-day at J Cousineau’s with breakfast, Bloody Marys & beer available at 10 a.m. and then hop on the bus for a ride to the Metrodome and back. If you don’t have tickets, enjoy free peanuts and popcorn, beer specials and fun games throughout the games. On Mondays, in Honor of the Vikings 50th season celebration, get 50-cent Wings while your kids eat free. They call their food an American Pub Grub Menu that features their signature Z Mac Daddy burger.

Bunny’s Bar and Grill

5916 Excelsior Boulevard
St. Louis Park, Minn. 55416

(952) 922-9515

With more than 30 LCD TV’s to watch your favorite team, this is a neighborhood bar and grill with great Minnesota Vikings atmosphere. You’ll find good bar food at good prices, including a great selection of tap beers. It’s the place where former Vikings head coach Mike Tice used to frequent when he was coach.

Mac’s Industrial Sports Bar & Grill

312 Central Avenue SE
Minneapolis, Minn. 55414

(612) 379-3379

This Northeast Minneapolis sports bar boasts 27 tap beers and the best bar food in Minneapolis. On game days, they start serving breakfast at 10 a.m. to get your stomach full for a full day of football. They’ve got free parking all weekend, free WiFi and laptops to check out your fantasy football and great specials on your favorites during the games. And the NFL Ticket to check out all the action, league-wide.

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  • Craig

    St. Paul must have fallen off the face of the earth

  • Amanda

    I would like to mention a small little spot in Victoria, MN called FLOYDS……Purple pride, win or lose!

    • Danielle

      They give out free jello shots and drink tickets! Can’t beat that!

      • Miller

        Who does?

  • Nancy

    Can’t believe you didn’t mention Sneaky Pete’s!

    • minnie

      ewww. The food at Sneaky Pete’s is horrible. Just a place to drink; skip the food. Better yet, go to the Loon Cafe a block away. Decent food and not a dark hole like SP.

  • Jack

    Ive been going to Senser’s for years, the vikes crowds rock but you also can watch EVERY game at the same time-great for my fantasy football habit!

    • Megan

      if you can’t get to the stadium, Joe Senser’s Bar and Grill is the best place to watch the game. This place can be an attack on the senses, lined with 5×9 TV’s on all sides. That said, if you want to see the game (or several games simultaneously) then this is your place.

  • Scott

    I love going to Joe Sensers. They always have the games on their huge TV’s. My favorite sandwich is their flying buffalo chicken, wood roasted chicken or their tender bites rock! Their food is amazing!!

  • Paul K.

    what happened to Saint Paul??????

  • Bob

    What about Buffalo Wild Wings?

  • Kitty

    I work with people in recovery. Game day is tough- any ideas for places that don’t serve alcohol?

  • Tammy

    Sensers is the place to be on game days. The menu is full of different items guaranteed to please all. If a cocktail is what you want – you can find it there.
    There are great kid items to choose from and all that I have seen leave that place happy!!!!

  • Erik

    The Rabbit (Bunnys) is one of the best places to watch the Vikes. You cant beat free drinks every Minnesota Vikings touchdown!!

  • Kevin

    I agree what happened to St. Paul. Joe & Stan’s or Shamrocks, Blue collar Bars for Football fans

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