Where to Watch the Winter Games: Twin Cities

Luge? Ice Dancing? Biathlon? It's time for some of those sports we barely even recognize to dominate the TV screens across the Twin Cities. If you want to keep an eye on the Olympics, but also want to get out of the house, we've got some spots in mind where there are plenty of TVs.(Photo courtesy of Joe Senser's)

Updated: February 09, 2010

5 to Try

Muddy Pig

162 N Dale St, St Paul, MN 55102

This laid-back neighborhood bar in St. Paul offers brews from all over the world. But on game day, its heart is right in the Twin Cities. Not only do you feel right at home at the Muddy Pig, you can get food that raises the bar on typical bar food.

Joe Senser's Restaurant & Sports Theater

4217 American Blvd W, Bloomington, MN 55437

Jocks and party dudes gather here for drink specials and celebrations at this sports theater,? dubbed one of the country's premier sports bars by Sports Illustrated. This is about as close as you'll get to the big game without actually being there.

Casper & Runyon'a Shamrocks

995 Seventh St W, St Paul, MN 55102

This sports joint?also run by guys who own the Nook?is a favorite among Twins players and fans for its giant, juicy burgers and allegiance to hometown teams. Twins teammates and alumni are fans of this hot spot, as is nearly every sports fan in town.

501 Club

501 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Stop into this bar/nightclub during, before, or after the game for drink specials, a cool, laid-back vibe and some Pterodactyl wings, juicy, marinated and grilled hot wings that come with a giant, tangy, dinosaur-sized bite. On Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am till 2 pm the 501 serves a house brunch, where the hash browns are made with Yukon gold potatoes and come with a side of mouth-watering homemade hot sauce.


492 Hamline Ave S, St Paul, MN 55116

Ever since this place was featured on ?Diners, Drive-ins and Dives? folks have been flocking here for the cheap beer and saucer-sized burgers. Game days offer drink and food specials as well as TVs and a wall full of memorabilia dedicated to local heroes and the sports stars who have come out of Cretin-Derham Hall high school.