Twins fans ask the same old questions at the start of every season: Will the game get snowed out? Will Joe Mauer miss most of the season due to injury? Will we be forced to drown our sorrows at places we probably shouldn't? The answer to the last one, at least, is no, thanks to our convenient rundown of Target Field-friendly bars that should help you make it through the season.
From Cuzzy's to Clubhouse Jager: Your Twins game day drinking guide
Fulton Brewing Company
They're opening up on a Monday just for the Twins' first home game against the A's, and you can expect the usual food trucks outside and all the Fulton classics on tap, plus a limited seasonal brew, named for what everyone really hopes the Twins will be come game-time: (a) Worthy Adversary.
Kieran's Irish Pub
This classic Downtown watering hole is only a few blocks from Target Field, and is the perfect place to score stadium-style eats, at less-than-stadium prices, including their fish and chips, which have always been a... waitforit!... hit.
The Bradstreet Craftshouse Restaurant
The Crafthouse isn't the spot to toss back Grain Belts. Instead, it's the place to sip classic cocktails (a Flor de Caña 4yr rum/ lime/ mint/ bitters Mint Julep, the Sazerac w/ rye, Pernod Absinthe &
Peychaud’s bitters, etc.) that, unlike the Twins' line-up in recent years, have been carefully constructed.
Seven Sushi And Steak Ultralounge
Its extensive outdoor seating (including the sky bar rooftop patio) will have you feeling like you got seats in the Legends Club, except they're slinging some sweet raw seafood, and you don't actually have to watch the Twins.
Cuzzy's Grill and Bar
It's only a few blocks away from Target Field, is offering sweet Opening Day deals on things like their Turkey Taco Burger w/ Ghost Pepper Cheese and guacamole, and really want the answer to the first question above, 'cause they've already opened their patio.
The Depot Tavern
Their killer happy hour deals (half-price small bites, $3 beers, etc.) make this boozer one of Target Field's best pre-game destinations, but their extensive collection of craft brews on tap, and the fact that the whole place is loaded with big screens probably doesn't hurt either.
Darby's Pub and Grill
They've got a huge outdoor space where you can hang out and play a game of bags before the first pitch, but more importantly, they've also got bacon-wrapped tater tots. Repeat: Bacon. Wrapped. Tater. Tots.
This baroque bar isn't just a game day destination for eats like pork sandwiches w/ onion slaw and banana peppers, or baskets of bacon. Its eclectic music, and a too-cool-for-baseball kind of nighttime crowd also make it the place to be after the teams have hit their clubhouses.
1. Fulton Brewery414 6th Ave N, Minneapolis
2. Darby's Pub and Grill315 5th Ave N, Minneapolis
3. Bradstreet Craftshouse Restaurant601 1st Ave S, Minneapolis
4. The Depot Tavern17 N 7th St, Minneapolis
5. Clubhouse Jager923 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis
6. Kieran's Irish Pub601 1st Ave N, Minneapolis
7. Seven Steakhouse Sushi Ultralounge & Skybar700 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis
8. Cuzzy's Grill & Bar507 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis
What began as a homebrewing operation in a one car garage has expanded into a full-blown enterprise. The taproom at Fulton is open every weekend, which is perfect for everyone who doesn't work on the weekend. And if you do work on the weekend, growler sales are also available. It looks like they've thought of everything, because they have!
Darby's has a big outdoor space to chill and hangout before games. More importantly though, bacon wrapped tater tots. We'll say that again: bacon wrapped tater tots.
They've got gourmet small plates, but Bradstreet's bread and butter is ironically actually their cocktails, which are crafted in the pre-Prohibition Era mixology style. I mean, this place was named #6 on Food & Wine Magazine's Top 50 Bars in America. They're that good.
Named after a Greyhound bus station built in 1937 (!), DT's a bar/resto by the 7th St entrance of First Avenue, with a killer burger menu and a Diamond Dog that's wrapped in bacon.
Nightly entertainment like DJs and more, plus killer eats for lunch and dinner, AND a patio and firepit?! Yes.
A classic downtown watering hole only a few blocks from Target Field, Kieran's is a great place to grab a pint and their famous fish and chips.
With extensive outdoor seating, the sky bar rooftop patio, and top-of-the-line sushi and steak, Seven is definitely the place to be on a Summer day or a great place to catch the game.
Cuzzy's is only a few blocks away from Target Field and so when their patio is open in the warmer months, it makes a great place to meet before the game. But Cuzzy's is your go-to any time of the year, serving up eats like their Turkey Taco Burger that features Ghost Pepper Cheese and guacamole.