Hockey is at the core of Minnesota life, so whether you live here or are just passing through, it’s impossible to avoid the excitement of the NHL playoffs. Don’t put yourself in the penalty box just because you have a flight to catch. Grab a seat at any of the bars or restaurants below to catch the action. There’s no shortage of hockey fans passing through, so you’ll be in good company no matter who you’re rooting for.
- Minnesota Wild Restaurant: While it may be biased towards our hometown boys, this is the spot to cheer on every team in the NHL. When you see the bar built out of hockey sticks, you’ll know you’re in the right place. Located in Terminal 2.
- Ike’s Food and Cocktails: Since 2005, Ike’s has been an institution at MSP. With two locations, this iconic Minneapolis restaurant offers up a cozy atmosphere, excellent food and plenty of TVs. Located in Terminal 1, Concourse F and the Airport Mall.
- Rock Bottom Brewery: The beer is hand-crafted on site and one of their signature dishes is “brewery nachos.” Rock Bottom may be the next best thing to watching the game at home. Located in Terminal 1 between Concourses C and D.
- Axel’s Bonfire: When your hunger is on the power play, Axel’s is the best defense in the league. Try the mesquite-seasoned rotisserie chicken or a rack of baby back ribs–fresh off the wood fire grill. Located in Terminal 1, Airport Mall.
- O’Gara’s: The original location in Saint Paul is a popular pre-game haunt for Wild fans. Mimic the experience with a pint and a Reuben at this charming local favorite. Located in Terminal 1, Concourse F.
- Itasca Grille: Tucked away from the hustle and bustle, this is a great spot to forget you’re at the airport and simply enjoy the game. For the true Minnesota experience, try their specialty wild rice soup or an order of walleye fingers. Located in Terminal 1, Concourse A.
- Twins Grill: If baseball is your first love, you won’t be disappointed with the latest addition to MSP’s sports bar scene. Target Field’s executive chef packed the menu with everything from ballpark favorites to refreshing summer salads. And really, where else can you watch a hockey game from the third base line? Located in Terminal 1, Concourse C.
Don’t see the game you want to watch? Ask your bartender! The two-month journey to the Stanley Cup begins today.