You don't pick your favorite sports team, your favorite team picks you. That comes from watching games as a kid, rooting for the home team with mom and dad showing you how it's done. Of course, there's nothing better than actually going to a game, but a good burger or hot dog under a big screen with the family, surrounded by fans of all types, can be a memorable experience as well. Pack everyone up and head out to one of these sports bars where you can root as loud as you want for the home team and start a legacy that will last a lifetime.
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Hubert's Sports Bar and Grill
600 1st Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Located just outside Target Field (918 feet from home plate, to be exact), as well as inside the Target Center, Hubert's has maintained its reputation as the go-to sports hub for years. Television screens flash with the excitement of games as the grill sizzles and the fans watch with breathless anticipation as that long fly ball heads toward the warning track. The kids menu, full of everything from chicken fingers to tortellini, will keep the little ones full and happy while you enjoy a beer and some food for yourself.
Joe and Stan's
949 7th St. W.
St. Paul, MN 55102
A neighborhood that even 10 years ago may not have seemed family friendly has seen a change that has brought sports fans of all ages out to West 7th businesses. Joe and Stan's is a spirited sports bar with plenty of burgers on the grill sure to please adults and kids alike. The dedication to Minnesota sports (the kids will love the pictures of local athletes bursting from the walls) and the lively atmosphere always make a Twins, Vikings, Wild or Timberwolves game an exciting affair.
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Bunny's Bar and Grill
5916 Excelsior Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
For over 80 years, Bunny's has been welcoming patrons of all types from the neighborhood and beyond, offering a more classic, homey place to enjoy food and drink with friends and family. A classic sports bar with plenty of screens for watching Minnesota's teams duke it out with rivals, Bunny's make sure to take care great of customers of all ages. Adults can enjoy a cold one while the young ones look through the kids menu for items catered just for them. No matter who's playing onscreen, Bunny's easy-going vibe and family-friendly atmosphere make it great place for families to watch.
The Hole Sports Lounge
2501 23rd Ave. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Despite its close proximity to the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus, The Hole is not only a college frat boy hangout. No, the close proximity to The Barn and TCF Bank Stadium means you can raise your kid the maroon and gold way; all Gophers games are on the screens here. Don't fret if you're looking for the pros as there are plenty of screens for professional sports as well. Adults and kids alike have a menu of game-day classics to choose from, and the openness of the restaurant lends itself to children that might get too excited about touchdowns and home runs.
Tom Reid's Hockey City Pub
258 7th St. W.
St. Paul, MN 55102
As this sports bar/restaurant was founded by a former NHL player, it makes sense that it is one of the best places to catch a Wild game. There is plenty of room for families of all sizes, though it does get fairly busy during the Wild's playoff runs. Tom Reid's really shines during the day, as there are screens dedicated to sports of all types and you'll never be lacking in games to watch with the kids. Grab something to eat from the extensive menu and kick back for a day of fun with the family.
Adrian Schramm is a resident Saint Paul writer with a passion for all things local. Through his work with Saint Paul Almanac and Minneapolis Examiner at Examiner.com, as well as in the kitchens of bars and restaurants around town, he has discovered what truly makes the Twin Cities tick.
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