The NBA Finals are coming up, and for many sports fans the best place to watch the big game is within the comforts of a neighborhood bar. Chain sports bars are an obvious choice when trying to decide upon a venue in which to watch the NBA Finals, but why not patronize some local hot spots for a change? Give one of these great Minnesota sports bars a shot when deciding where to watch the next game.

Photo Credit: Stub and Herb’s via Facebook

Stub and Herb’s
227 SE Oak St.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
(612) 379-0555

Hours: Sun to Wed – 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Thurs to Sat – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Conveniently located in Minneapolis’ Stadium Village, this sports bar is a popular local hangout among the college crowd. Stub & Herb’s is a quintessential sports bar with an old-school feel; think dimly lit, laid-back, sticky floors and greasy bar food. And, of course, there is always plenty of beer. With 32 micro brews on tap, all made in the good ‘ol USA, Stub and Herb’s offerings are plentiful enough to please the young, sports-crazed fans that pack the bar during games. Get here before tip-off if you expect to find a seat from which to comfortably watch the game.

(credit: Sally's Saloon and Eatery via Facebook)

Sally’s Saloon & Eatery
712 Washington Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 331-3231

Hours: Daily – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

With a bar whose motto is “Come for the food, stay for the party” what’s not to love at Sally’s Saloon & Eatery? Located right near Stub & Herb’s, this bar likewise draws in a young, college-aged crowd. With 19 flat screens, Sally’s is a great place to catch the game and cheer your favorite team on in the company of other basketball fanatics. Got time to kill over halftime? Why not challenge a friend to a game of pool or darts. Or, enjoy some fresh air and fun people-watching out on the large outdoor patio. Sally’s cheap drink specials earn the bar plenty of repeat business, as do the reasonably priced menu offerings.

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Photo Credit: Sporty’s Pub and Grill via Facebook

Sporty’s Pub and Grill
2124 Como Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-8407

Hours: Daily – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

If you are the type of sports fan who enjoys watching the game in the comforts of a dive bar, Sporty’s is your spot. Perfect for larger groups, Sporty’s is known to get a bit rowdy as the evening advances. With several TVs and a stellar audio system, Sporty’s hooks patrons up on game days. Locals rave about the friendly atmosphere and stellar bar food, so if you are looking for a neighborly (if at times a bit raucous) place to watch the game with good drinks and eats, head on over to to this Minneapolis staple.

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Alary’s Bar
139 7th Street East
Saint Paul, MN 55101
(651) 224-7717

Hours: Mon to Sat – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sun – 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Alary’s prides itself on being the go-to sports bar in St. Paul. With a total of 30 50” plasma TVs and a bevy of beautiful waitresses (vist Alary’s Staff page for a preview) to serve you cold beer, most are hard-pressed to disagree. If you are seeking out a man-cave style refuge on game day, this is the place. Grab a spot indoors or out on the patio, order a brew, and enjoy the game surrounded by fellow sports fans.

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Obb’s Sports Bar & Grill
1347 Burns Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55106
(651) 776-7010

Hours: Mon to Fri – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sat – 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sun 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

This place is truly a hidden gem. A true neighborhood bar and restaurant, Obb’s is a homey, casual place to watch the game. If you are looking for a venue that is less, shall we say, rowdy, and more homey, this is the place. Home to some excellent Minnesotan eats (they garnish their Bloody Mary’s with deer jerky–need we say more?), this bar and restaurant possesses a true Midwestern vibe. Enjoy the game without all of the boisterousness while chowing down on some authentic and tasty Minnesotan dishes.

A Minnesota native that was born and raised Up North, Minneapolis is where Christina Kalinowski currently calls home. Christina appreciates irony, loves bacon, enjoys a hearty libation (drink responsibly, folks), and is an avid proponent of the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness. Her work can be found at