A Patriots fans guide to Minnesota for Super Bowl LII

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 17: A general view of fans outside of U.S. Bank Stadium before the game between the Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals on December 17, 2017 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 17: A general view of fans outside of U.S. Bank Stadium before the game between the Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals on December 17, 2017 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) /

The Patriots are heading to Super Bowl LII in Minnesota, and there are tons of events for fans to take in before, during, and after the game in the area.

The Patriots are in yet another Super Bowl. Unlike the past though, this one will be in a cold-weather city. Fans will have to bundle up in order to enjoy what Minneapolis and the NFL have to offer.

Here’s a quick Patriots fan guide to Super Bowl week in Minnesota to get you started if you’re lucky enough to be heading that way.


If you’re going to be in Minneapolis for the week leading up to the Super Bowl, make sure you bundle up. According to weather.com, the temperature in the city will be around 20 degrees, for a high, on most days. It will get down to 0 degrees at some points as well.

Luckily, almost all of the NFL events surrounding Super Bowl LII will be indoors and out of the cold, but getting around is going to be brutal. Please make sure you have that Tom Brady jersey on over about 4 other layers of clothing.

Minneapolis Restaurants and Bars

Butcher & the Boar

Butcher & Boar is a great place to grab some drinks, and have a spectacular meal. When they opened in 2012, their goal was to “Create a festive and communal dining experience with American craft food, beer and bourbon.” They have certainly succeeded. The drink menu includes an almost endless amount of beers and they have classic cocktails like Old Fashioned’s and Manhattan’s. For food, take a look at the wild boar hotlink or 21-day dry aged NY strip.

Website: http://butcherandtheboar.com/minneapolis_home

Mucci’s Italian

This is a straight-up classic Italian restaurant in nearby St. Paul, Minn. They do not take reservations, so it’s first come first served. Their doughnuts for dessert are also highly regarded in the area.

Website: https://www.muccisitalian.com/

Al’s Breakfast

If you’re going out and enjoying the night, you may be looking for a hearty breakfast to fill you up each morning. Al’s Breakfast has you covered. The hole in the wall diner features a plethora of breakfast scrambles and the classic Eggs Benedict. Omelettes, pancakes, and waffles are also available of course!

Website: https://www.alsbreakfastmpls.com/


Kramarczuk’s is a Minneapolis staple, with their freshly baked bread,  pastries, smoked sausages and stewed cabbage. They are the Eastern European staple in the area. You can find great pulled pork or Reuben sandwiches alongside cabbage rolls, Ukranian meatballs, and goulash stew. If you need some home cooking, check this place out.

Website: https://kramarczuks.com/

Super Bowl Events

Jan. 26 – Feb. 4: Super Bowl Live

The NFL says this will be a great event. It sounds like it will be.

"“Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis will be the site of an epic 10-day fan festival, free and open to the public, leading up to Super Bowl LII on February 4, 2018. Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon will feature something for everyone, including free live concerts, national broadcast activations, food and fun, with nods to winter that showcase Minnesota’s authentic, Bold North brand.”"

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Jan. 27 – Feb. 3: Super Bowl Experience

The Super Bowl Experience is a fan highlight every season. This season it will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center the week leading up to the big game. Fans will be able to use virtual reality to experience some aspects of the NFL, visit a huge NFL Shop, take a picture with the Lombardi Trophy, and even collect autographs from NFL players.

Jan. 29: Super Bowl Opening Night

Super Bowl Opening Night will feature player appearances, live entertainment, a special Super Bowl LII git bag and more. It’s a chance for fans to be among the first to see both the Patriots and Eagles teams ahead of the game.

Feb. 1 – Feb. 3: Nomadic Live

Nomadic Live at the Armory will be a three- day concert event. Fans can purchase tickets for any given night, with Imagine Dragons playing the first night, followed by P!NK on Friday and Jennifer Lopez on Saturday.

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There are tons of options for Patriots fans in Minneapolis, and anyone that does go will have a blast. While New England has been in tons of Super Bowls in the past 17 years, you never know if or when they will get back. Take advantage of these opportunities and soak the Super Bowl LII atmosphere in!