The NFL season is underway, which for many Minnesotans means an uptick in alcohol consumption, on-ass hours and Christian Ponder denigrations. On the plus side (we think?), publicly shouting drunken epithets is slightly more permissible when directed at televised fumblers. But seriously, don’t be a jerk while enjoying these game-day bar deals.
Lyndale Tap House
2937 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. • 612-825-6150 • www.thelyndale.com
Few things go with beer and pit beef better than football, and this Lyn-Lake bar placates the pigskin faithful with cut-rate food and drink during Vikings games (and Monday/Thursday night games). All season long snag $2 Miller Lites, $3 Summits and Grape Apes, and $2-$5 food options starting a half-hour before Vikings kickoff.
10 S. 5th St., Mpls. • 612-843-2555 • www.thepourhousempls.com
For anyone still rocking a tube TV, this downtown Minneapolis party bar’s mondo 25-foot projection screen represents a serious Sunday upgrade. If that’s not enough, the Pourhouse practically pays you to watch the first quarter of Vikings games and Monday and Thursday night games with free Miller Lite (35-cent wings don’t hurt, either).
Mac’s Industrial Sports Bar
312 Central Av. SE., Mpls. • 612-379-3379 • www.macsindustrial.com
To cable-less gridiron die-hards, the fact that Monday Night Football airs on ESPN is more irritating than a Joe Buck-called game. Mac’s makes a good play as a go-to MNF bar with its all-day Monday happy hour. Take $2.75-$4.75 taps and $3 house wines from open to close and $2 sliders after 7 p.m.