With teams in all four major professional leagues, the Twin Cities are a sports lover's dream. A number of fabulous sports bars have been established to accommodate the demand for a place to watch the game with other kindred spirits. Here are five of our favorite places to gather with friends on game day.
This family-run bar has been a Twin Cities institution for more than 50 years. Watch the pros, college teams, golf, soccer and even tennis and horse racing on their 19 HD flat-screen TVs. Popular menu items include the prime rib and Cuban sandwiches, and Obb's is one of the few places still serving the Hot Dago, a regional favorite consisting of a ground beef and sausage patty served on French bread with marinara sauce and provolone cheese.
The name is a dead giveaway that this bar is devoted to University of Minnesota sports. It even (semi-) humorously states on the website that all are welcome except for Badger fans. Big 10 is known far and wide for their award-winning sub sandwiches and spicy hot chicken wings.
How can you go wrong with a place called "Wicked Moose"? This bar is actually two venues in one. The bar and grill side features numerous TVs along with a menu heavy on traditional bar items like nachos, burgers and chicken wings with your choice of seven signature sauces. The other side has a performance stage that hosts live musical acts for those times when you want a change of pace. You can also enjoy live acoustic shows in the grill on Friday evenings.
You know you're in for a good time when you sit down to the old-school touch of free peanuts at your table. HD and plasma TVs line the walls so you can see the game from any seat. Food is made from scratch, including the Angus beef half-pound burgers made fresh to order. Enjoy music and dancing on the weekends with no cover charge.
You might think you're in heaven at Alary's with 30 fifty-inch plasma screens and the largest selection of tap beer in downtown St. Paul. Alary's also has their own tailgating parties before Bears' games when they cook brats and burgers outside on the grill. Take advantage of their convenient shuttle service for Wild games and other events at Xcel Energy Center.
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