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!
6400 Wayzata Blvd.
Golden Valley, Minn. 55426
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.
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
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
3675 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, Minn. 55406
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
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
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.
13540 Grove Drive
Maple Grove, Minn. 55311
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
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
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.