Even though the Vikings lost their shot at competing in Super Bowl XLVI long ago, many eager football fans are still giddy with excitement for the big game on Sunday. The Patriots and Giants go head-to-head in what perhaps is the only true American holiday.
Instead of being forced to spend all day with your kooky aunt Pauline, you get to kick back and relax with friends enjoying adult beverages aplenty, and a disproportionately high volume of salty, greasy, delicious snacks.
While many people host at home Super Bowl parties, the Twin Cities is rife with entertainment options, big screens, and food/drink specials. Here’s METRO’s round up on where to go to watch the big game.
Alary’s Bar. St. Paul’s number one sports bar isn’t kidding around. With 30 50-inch plasma TVs, you’ll see every touchdown in high-def, from all directions. And even if the game turns out to be a snoozer ther are still darts, pool tables, and the largest selection of tap beer in Downtown St. Paul. Alary’s is St. Paul’s Super Bowl solution. Alary’s Bar, 139 East 7th St., St. Paul, alarys.com
Cafeteria’s Big Gay Super Bowl Party. Bigger and gayer than ever, the Uptown Cafeteria and Support Group hosts a Super Bowl Party like nothing you’ve ever been to before. With dueling drag queens, touchdown jello shots, an all-day happy hour, and prizes (think: a life size wall graphic of Tom Brady and Eli Manning), you’ll be at the most fab party in Uptown. Uptown Cafeteria and Support Group, 3001 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., uptowncafeteria.com
Hubert’s Sports Bar & Grill. Keep it simple: watch the game at a sports bar. With no cover, $1 Bud Lights and $2 tacos your stomach and bank account will be happy. Enjoy shuffleboard, beer pong, darts, and the chance to win awesome prizes. Oh yeah, and watch the game with alongside your sports bar brethren. Hubert’s Sports Bar & Grill, 601 Chicago Avenue, Mpls., hubertsmpls.com
Liquor Lyles. If a dive bar is more your speed, hit up Liquor Lyles annual Super Bowl Bash. With food and drink specials (over 40 beers on tap!), the game will play on flat screens as well as two giant projection screens. Liquor Lyle’s Lounge, 2021 Hennepin Avenue, Mpls., lylesliquor.com
Nomad World Pub Super Bowl XLVI. Are you the wandering, nomadic type? Then wander on over to Nomad World Pub’s Super Bowl party for tailgating, and enjoy good eats, and your favorite craft and import beers. Extra incentive: you might even have a chance to win something. Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave., Mpls., nomadpub.com
Loring Kitchen & Bar (Anti-Super Bowl). Maybe you don’t care about football. Maybe you’re boycotting the Super Bowl until the Vikings finally pull their shit together and actually make it to the big game (note: holding your breath for such an occurrence is not recommended) Whatever your reason for being anti-Super Bowl, there’s a place for you. The Loring Kitchen & Bar is happy to be your escape. Totally Super Bowl-free, the only thing that will be playing on their big screens are classic movies. Loring Kitchen & Bar, 1359 Willow St., Mpls., loringkitchen.com