Food & Drink

4 Classic Sports Bars – Where the Locals Hang Out

Sure, you could grab a burger and a beer anywhere. But to truly experience the spirit of St. Louis Park and Golden Valley, Minnesota, you need to venture beyond the ordinary and head to the local hangouts where conversations flow as freely as the drinks. These aren't just sports bars – they're community hubs, steeped in history and filled with friendly faces. So, pull up a stool, order your favorite brew, and get ready to feel right at home.

May 10, 2024

St. Louis Park: Where Family Fun Meets Legendary Bites

football fans watching the game out on the patio at The Park Tavern

The Park Tavern

This landmark has been a St. Louis Park staple for over 60 years. It’s the perfect spot for a family outing, offering bowling lanes, arcade games, and a menu that caters to all ages. Think award-winning burgers, made-to-order pizzas, and even a breakfast pizza on weekends (complete with hollandaise sauce – yum!). In the summer, soak up the sun on the patio while enjoying some bocce ball or cornhole, and catch live music under the stars. Feeling competitive? Head to the 11th Frame Bar for a game of darts or grab your friends for weekly trivia and bingo. Sports fans can gather ’round and cheer on their favorite teams on the massive TVs throughout the venue. When the Minnesota Timberwolves or Vikings are playing, The Park Tavern transforms into a lively watch party destination. So, whether you’re there for a family outing, a competitive game night, or to cheer on the team, The Park Tavern has something for everyone. Bonus: they’re open until 1 am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Bunny’s Bar & Grill

This Twin Cities institution, established in 1933, takes its title as “the premier Minnesota sports bar” seriously. With lines out the door on Sundays and a packed parking lot on game days, you know you’re in for a treat.  They boast over 30 TVs, so you won’t miss a single second of the action. Plus, when the Vikings score a touchdown,  everyone gets a special discount on their next drink – a true fan favorite!  Fuel up for the game with their classic American fare, from hearty breakfasts (including those legendary caramel cinnamon rolls) to juicy burgers, hot sandwiches and fresh salads. Wash it all down with a local craft beer or one of their signature cocktails, like their Bunny’s Bootlegger – a true Minnesota classic!

Golden Valley: Classic Roadhouse to Neighborhood Clubhouse

Restaurant patrons dining and watching Vikings football

Schullers Tavern

Step back in time at Schullers Tavern, “The Last Real Roadhouse.” This family-owned gem has been serving up delicious food since 1929.  Sink your teeth into their version of the legendary Juicy Lucy (a cheese-stuffed Minnesota burger classic), savor their wide variety of wings, or grab a pizza for dine-in or takeout. End your meal with a scoop of locally made Sebastian Joe’s ice cream. In the warmer months, enjoy dining on the newly built patio, and come winter, catch some live music every Saturday night. Bonus trivia: Schullers is also home to Minnesota’s smallest liquor store – a fun fact to impress your fellow patrons!

Friends having brunch at JJ's Clubhouse

JJ’s Clubhouse

For over 25 years, JJ’s has been the go-to spot for Golden Valley residents. It’s your classic neighborhood sports bar with a warm and welcoming atmosphere.  Catch the game on one of their 23 TVs, indulge in classic American fare like wings, burgers, and sandwiches, or start your weekend with a delicious brunch (complete with their signature Big Ole’ Bloody Marys)  Looking for some family-friendly fun? They offer a terrific kid’s menu with special Monday deals, and a tree-shaded patio perfect for a relaxing afternoon.  Weeknights and weekends call for trivia, bingo and fresh-popped popcorn – a recipe for a perfect outing with friends.

So, ditch the touristy restaurants and dive into the local scene in Minnesota’s Sweet Spot – St. Louis Park and Golden Valley.  These hidden gems offer delicious food, friendly service, and a true taste of the community!

Pro Tip:  Don’t forget to check out each establishment’s website or social media for daily specials and upcoming events.

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