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The Loon Cafe, in downtown Minneapolis.
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Catch the Game at These Twin Cities Sports Bars

Wings, beer, and vantage points for game day

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The Loon Cafe, in downtown Minneapolis.
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Whether it’s basketball, hockey, soccer, or any other game, the Twin Cities’ sports bars have plenty of team spirit to go around. Dust off those jerseys, grab a crew, and head out to these spots around the metro. You’ll find giant TVs, stellar bar food, huge draft beer lists, and the conviviality of a room packed with like-minded fans. Here’s a trail of game day spots around Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Note that these restaurants are listed geographically.

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Bunny's Bar & Grill

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Bunny’s is a St. Louis Park staple — it’s been around since 1993, and has won many a “best sports bar” award. It has more than 30 TVs, and the staff does their best to put on whatever game is requested. Vikings games are a highlight here. Every touchdown earns fans an almost half-off wooden token to use at the bar.

Iron Door Pub

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Iron Door Pub makes for an ideal game day — there’s no shortage of televisions, an extensive list of local beers on tap, and great classic bar food. The chicken nuggets (they’re more like tenders), mac and cheese, and Reuben are all solid choices for a game day meal.

Brit's Pub

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Brit’s pub is home base for all things UK-related in Minneapolis. Catch soccer and rugby games with a Guinness in hand. After the game, stick around for lawn bowling on the rooftop.

The Loon Cafe

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Another downtown Minneapolis classic, the Loon Cafe is a casual, cozy spot to catch the game. It’s got TVs, of course, but the vintage wood bar and memorabilia give the Loon Cafe a bit of an old-time feel.

Runyon's

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Runyon’s, open in the Warehouse District since 1984, serves legendary buffalo chicken wings. With a laidback, vintage feel, it’s an ideal spot for catching the game — or celebrating after a win at nearby Target Field or Target Center. The walls are decorated with photos of old-school Minneapolis.

Mac's Industrial Sports Bar

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Mac’s relocated a few years ago, but it remains one of the best bars to catch a game in the Twin Cities. There are still a ton of taps and excellent bar food, but now in slightly spiffed-up surroundings. The standout here is the brisket-style Reuben, which tends to sell out, and the blackened buffalo wings are another great bet.

Manning's Cafe

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This neighborhood institution is near the University of Minnesota in St. Paul’s Como Neighborhood. Manning’s has been serving diners for 80 years — nearly a century! Even after all of those years, it still serves one-of-a-kind, thick-battered onion rings and beer at college-student prices. A classic cheeseburger is a great choice here, or come on Thursdays for 75 cent wings.

Cedar Inn

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Find plenty of weekly specials at this neighborhood bar — the famous wings, so big they’re fondly called “pterodactyl wings.” (Go for the F’ed Up sauce, a mix of the hot buffalo and Asian sticky sauces.) There are several televisions, making Cedar Inn a great spot for watching the game.

The Blue Door Longfellow

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The Longfellow outpost of Blue Door has cozy booths and a comfortable bar, all with great vantage points of the televisions. Choose from a dozen options of Blue Door’s cheese-stuffed burgers or dig into the wide selection of tasty wings. (The hot and sticky or strawbanero are great options if you like a bit of a sweeter wing.)

Peppers and Fries

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There’s plenty to love at this baseball-themed bar in Minneapolis. Stop by for a classic burger and fries, an extra-gooey Juicy Lucy, or a burrito. The mini corn dogs are a great option for a lighter bite, or try the peanut butter and jelly fries.

Tiffany Sports Lounge

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Sports fans have been gathering at this Highland Park neighborhood bar since 1971. Weekend games are upgraded with Tiffany’s extensive food options, which range from classic wings and eight-hour Reubens to huge servings of “chocolate sin cake” for dessert. There are plenty of televisions, too.

Black Hart of Saint Paul

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Black Hart is an LGBTQ soccer bar stationed just a thousand feet from Allianz Field in St. Paul. Ambiance-wise, it’s a great post-game spot: Join fellow fans to celebrate and order the Heggie’s pizza or the mini corn dogs. All the cocktails clock in at $9 or under. Outside of game days, Black Hart also hosts fantastic drag and burlesque shows. Snap a picture of the Megan Rapinoe mural outside.

Shamrocks

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A St. Paul mainstay since 2012, Shamrocks is an Irish bar with plenty of bites, booze, and entertainment for game day. The best part? Here, you can watch the game while noshing on its acclaimed Juicy Nookie burger (also on the menu at sibling restaurant the Nook). Or go for the Reuben, another great bet.

Tom Reid's Hockey City Pub

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No tickets to the hockey game? Tom Reid’s has you covered if you want to skip the hassle of a big event for a more relaxed pub scene (though it does get crowded on game days). It’s just a few blocks from the Xcel center, so you won’t miss out on the ambiance, either. Go for the poutine, and do some pull tabs while you’re at it.

Obb's Sports Bar & Grill

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This Dayton's Bluff sports bar has 10 televisions, 15 taps featuring local and regional beers, and walls decorated with all kinds of sports memorabilia. The spacious digs overflow on game day, so expect a crowd. The ribs are super tender and saucy, and Obb’s serves some great chicken drummies as well.

Bunny's Bar & Grill

Bunny’s is a St. Louis Park staple — it’s been around since 1993, and has won many a “best sports bar” award. It has more than 30 TVs, and the staff does their best to put on whatever game is requested. Vikings games are a highlight here. Every touchdown earns fans an almost half-off wooden token to use at the bar.

Iron Door Pub

Iron Door Pub makes for an ideal game day — there’s no shortage of televisions, an extensive list of local beers on tap, and great classic bar food. The chicken nuggets (they’re more like tenders), mac and cheese, and Reuben are all solid choices for a game day meal.

Brit's Pub

Brit’s pub is home base for all things UK-related in Minneapolis. Catch soccer and rugby games with a Guinness in hand. After the game, stick around for lawn bowling on the rooftop.

The Loon Cafe

Another downtown Minneapolis classic, the Loon Cafe is a casual, cozy spot to catch the game. It’s got TVs, of course, but the vintage wood bar and memorabilia give the Loon Cafe a bit of an old-time feel.

Runyon's

Runyon’s, open in the Warehouse District since 1984, serves legendary buffalo chicken wings. With a laidback, vintage feel, it’s an ideal spot for catching the game — or celebrating after a win at nearby Target Field or Target Center. The walls are decorated with photos of old-school Minneapolis.

Mac's Industrial Sports Bar

Mac’s relocated a few years ago, but it remains one of the best bars to catch a game in the Twin Cities. There are still a ton of taps and excellent bar food, but now in slightly spiffed-up surroundings. The standout here is the brisket-style Reuben, which tends to sell out, and the blackened buffalo wings are another great bet.

Manning's Cafe

This neighborhood institution is near the University of Minnesota in St. Paul’s Como Neighborhood. Manning’s has been serving diners for 80 years — nearly a century! Even after all of those years, it still serves one-of-a-kind, thick-battered onion rings and beer at college-student prices. A classic cheeseburger is a great choice here, or come on Thursdays for 75 cent wings.

Cedar Inn

Find plenty of weekly specials at this neighborhood bar — the famous wings, so big they’re fondly called “pterodactyl wings.” (Go for the F’ed Up sauce, a mix of the hot buffalo and Asian sticky sauces.) There are several televisions, making Cedar Inn a great spot for watching the game.

The Blue Door Longfellow

The Longfellow outpost of Blue Door has cozy booths and a comfortable bar, all with great vantage points of the televisions. Choose from a dozen options of Blue Door’s cheese-stuffed burgers or dig into the wide selection of tasty wings. (The hot and sticky or strawbanero are great options if you like a bit of a sweeter wing.)

Peppers and Fries

There’s plenty to love at this baseball-themed bar in Minneapolis. Stop by for a classic burger and fries, an extra-gooey Juicy Lucy, or a burrito. The mini corn dogs are a great option for a lighter bite, or try the peanut butter and jelly fries.

Tiffany Sports Lounge

Sports fans have been gathering at this Highland Park neighborhood bar since 1971. Weekend games are upgraded with Tiffany’s extensive food options, which range from classic wings and eight-hour Reubens to huge servings of “chocolate sin cake” for dessert. There are plenty of televisions, too.

Black Hart of Saint Paul

Black Hart is an LGBTQ soccer bar stationed just a thousand feet from Allianz Field in St. Paul. Ambiance-wise, it’s a great post-game spot: Join fellow fans to celebrate and order the Heggie’s pizza or the mini corn dogs. All the cocktails clock in at $9 or under. Outside of game days, Black Hart also hosts fantastic drag and burlesque shows. Snap a picture of the Megan Rapinoe mural outside.

Shamrocks

A St. Paul mainstay since 2012, Shamrocks is an Irish bar with plenty of bites, booze, and entertainment for game day. The best part? Here, you can watch the game while noshing on its acclaimed Juicy Nookie burger (also on the menu at sibling restaurant the Nook). Or go for the Reuben, another great bet.

Tom Reid's Hockey City Pub

No tickets to the hockey game? Tom Reid’s has you covered if you want to skip the hassle of a big event for a more relaxed pub scene (though it does get crowded on game days). It’s just a few blocks from the Xcel center, so you won’t miss out on the ambiance, either. Go for the poutine, and do some pull tabs while you’re at it.

Obb's Sports Bar & Grill

This Dayton's Bluff sports bar has 10 televisions, 15 taps featuring local and regional beers, and walls decorated with all kinds of sports memorabilia. The spacious digs overflow on game day, so expect a crowd. The ribs are super tender and saucy, and Obb’s serves some great chicken drummies as well.

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