Since none of us can go to U.S. Bank Stadium and watch a Minnesota Vikings game in person this year, I started thinking about spots with TVs where people could still get a great football experience. (I know, right now we’re 0-2, and so watching alone in your basement where no one can hear you sobbing might be the best move.)
If you do venture out, here are spots to watch a game on a patio or in a restaurant during the time of COVID.
Mac’s Industrial Sports Bar
Mac’s has terrific food (their chicken tenders are ranked 10/10 tendies by me) and a great selection of craft beer. At one of the few sports bars in the heart of Minneapolis, you can go watch the game and then go across the street to Surdyk’s new wine bar and have a celebratory glass.
Bunny’s in St. Louis Park
Bunny’s has set up a big outdoor TV patio in their parking lot, with covered seating too. Bunny’s is super popular on game day, so get there early, they don’t take reservations. You can see more of their set-up in this story from WCCO:
Aster Cafe on St. Anthony Main has set up a Vikings theater setting on their patio. If the Purple lay an egg you can get up and walk off your frustrations by the Mississippi River or on the Stone Arch Bridge.
Town Hall Brewery
Find some of the best craft beer in the cities at Town Hall Brewery on the West Bank. It was doing craft beer way before all the cool kids. You’ll get excellent food, plus happy hour specials on game day.
Stanley’s Northeast Bar Room/The Block (St. Louis Park)
All of the Craft & Crew restaurants are terrific game day options with big patios and plenty of TVs inside. Stanley’s in northeast Minneapolis, the Block in St. Louis Park, the Howe in south Minneapolis, and Pub 819 in Hopkins. Lots of specials, too, including certain tap beers priced at just $4.
The Sunshine Factory (Plymouth)
This place has two TVs outside, 12 inside, and great specials during the game. This is a terrific spot in the western suburbs!
Plus: 8th Street Grill (A new Packers bar!)
Now that the Herkimer is gone (RIP) Packers fans need somewhere to gather. So far, it looks like 8th Street Grill in downtown Minneapolis is the choice. I have a friend who loves Green & Gold, and he had a great experience watching Aaron Rodgers here.