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  • It's Game Time

Bar Urbana at Hyatt Regency Bloomington-Minneapolis

Check out these top bars in Bloomington to catch a game

The NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four will be held in Minnesota in 2019! For information about staying in Bloomington during the tourney and special events at Mall of America, visit our Final Four page. If you'd rather watch the game from the comfort of a bar stool, read on for our suggestions for the best sports bars and restaurants in the metro to get your game face on.

gameworks barGameWorks Mall of America. Photo by Joe Lemke. If you’re in the vicinity of our beloved Mall of America®, there are many spots within the mall’s four levels to try out. Our favorites include Hard Rock Café, GameWorks, Cadillac Ranch, Cowboy Jack's, CRAVE, SMAAASH, Dick's Last Resort, and Hooters, but be forewarned: Get there early—with thousands of visitors expected in town, seats (both in and out of U.S. Bank Stadium) will be at a premium.

Don’t fret, however, should the mall fill up as quickly as it usually does. Bloomington has more than 40 hotels, many of which offer outstanding bar menus featuring typical light fare, yet hefty craft brew and cocktail lists. Some of our favorites include the FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar in the Radisson Blu Bar Urbana at the Hyatt Regency Bloomington, the AC Lounge at the AC Hotel Bloomington Mall of America, and the Onyx Bar at the Holiday Inn Bloomington West MSP Airport Area.

If you're staying at a hotel, look no further than the Interstate-494 strip that flanks Bloomington’s northern perimeter and runs east/west along the full stretch of the city. Starting on the far west side and moving east, you’ll find ample sports bars with a variety of specialties. Some of our faves include Ike's Food & Cocktails, Poor Richard’s Commonhouse, Joe Senser’s Kitchen Bar, Cowboy Jack’s, Lucky’s 13 Pub, Willy McCoy’s, Shantytown Grill, and Sports Page.

With North America’s largest entertainment and shopping complex, 40-plus hotels and ample bars for every patron, you’re sure to find a spot to perch and take in all that the Final Four has to offer.