The NFC North has long been known for its black-and-blue style of play. The conference has also been known for its fans’ propensity to throw back the cold ones on game day, according to BACtrack. So it’s only fitting we showcase some of the best pre- and post-game NFC North watering holes. After all, drinking beer, playing games, and eating copious amounts of high-fat food is the beauty of the game day experience. Right? Whether you’re road trippin’ it to an away game or just looking for great atmosphere because you didn’t land tickets or get invited to a tailgate bash, these bars will provide all you need…and a bag of chips! Check out some of the best fan-approved bars:
Weather Mark Tavern
Nestled in downtown Chicago and known for its nautical theme, Weather Mark Tavern is popular for its “Best fish fry” [Source: CBS], craft beers, and electric game day atmosphere. It’s also one of only a few places where it’s acceptable to bring your sailor’s outfit and your sailor’s mouth. Weather Mark’s is a popular port for all Bears fans.
Elwood Bar and Grill
Just a mere crawl from Ford Field, Elwood Bar & Grill was built in 1936 and awesomely renovated in 1997. The Art Deco B&G is a bar food folks kinda place. Elwood’s is great if you’re seeking an American flare menu without all the fancy linens and prices to go with them. The best part, you won’t have any trouble hearing the roar of the crowd from your bar stool during Lions games.
D2 Sports Pub
Turns out you are invited to an epic tailgate party. The D2 is known for throwing VIP tailgate parties with a camera-filling backdrop of Lambeau Field. You’ll never be relegated to a single-themed party. D2 has multiple bars so you can enjoy multiple mini-parities. It’s a just a leap from the stadium when you’re done pre-gaming it.
You know what they say about people in glass houses. Don’t be a hater – be a tailgater! Located directly outside U.S. Bank Stadium, the Vikings Longhouse – a 67-foot-wide by 115-foot-long glass structure – allows you to stay connected with the rest of the parties on the plaza. The Longhouse bar showcases live music, games, and serves food and beer for 2.5 hours before and two hours after each Vikings home game.