Anyone who has grown up in Minnesota understands the love of hockey that emanates from the North Star state. Even if the beloved Wild are off for the evening, locals frequently tune into college games, exhibitions, or other NHL franchise games. It is no wonder that hundreds of Minnesota bars keep hockey on the television as well as cold beers on tap. Check out any of these bars to enjoy a game and socialize with the locals.

The Library Bar And Grill
1301 4th St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 604-1900

Located right off of the college campus of the University of Minnesota, The Library Bar caters to younger sports fans and youthful energy. Two levels of televisions and sports broadcasts are available daily for enjoying a hockey game or whatever major sporting event may be televised. Student athletes frequently visit the Library Bar so you may find yourself sitting next to the next Wayne Gretzky. The Library Bar also has amazing food and drink prices to cater to the poor college crowd as well as free bacon on Wednesdays.

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Billy’s On Grand
857 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 292-9140

Billy’s on Grand is located along the main strip of St. Paul. The crowd ranges anywhere from college students to older locals looking to have a drink and watch the game. Drink specials include $3 Bud Light bottles during all Minnesota Wild games and daily happy hour specials as well. Over 20 beers on tap give customers a great selection of beer and the food is pretty good, too. Check out Taco Tuesday specials and trivia nights for other fun events at Billy’s.

Tiffany Sports Lounge
2051 Ford Parkway
St. Paul, MN 55116
(651) 690-4747

A popular sports-themed bar in the Highland neighborhood of St. Paul, Tiffany Lounge caters to all sports fans with 15 flat screens and two big screens for watching games. Daily happy hour and drink specials are offered to patrons while they enjoy a cocktail or socialize with the diverse crowd. Hockey is a popular theme at Tiffany Lounge and all Wild games are sure to be on one of the televisions. Tiffany Lounge is also the Twin Cities’ Kansas Jayhawks bar so you can watch all KU games here as well.

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Bunny’s Bar And Grill
5916 Excelsior Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55416
(952) 922-9515

Frequently chosen as one of the top sports bars in the state, Bunny’s hovers right on the edge of St. Louis Park and Minneapolis. The bar has been in business for almost 80 years and prides itself on being a great place to watch Minnesota sports, including hockey. With video games and a roomy interior, Bunny’s is also kid-friendly, offering a kid’s menu and catering to families who wish to hang out and watch the game together. Check out daily drink specials, fantastic breakfasts and a fun time.

Tom Reid’s Hockey City Pub
258 W. 7th St.
St. Paul, MN 55102
(651) 292-9916

Owned by a former NHL player, Tom Reid’s Hockey City Pub may be the best hockey bar in the state. The location is in walking distance of the Xcel Energy Center, where the Minnesota Wild play home games, so oftentimes it becomes a hangout for fans going to and from the games. The walls are decorated with sports memorabilia and numerous televisions line the bar. Become a regular here and you may run into an NHL player enjoying a beer after a game.

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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