Wed. Feb 8th, 2023

Thanks to our readers and sleep deprivation, this list continues to grow. However, after Part I and Part II, this Part III will be the last installment of the Where To Watch trilogy. Like food, fandom, and found Men’s World Cup watch locations, variety is the spice of life.

Makwa Coffee

2085 Hamline Ave N.
Roseville, MN 55113
https://www.makwacoffee.com

Photo by Angela Byrne, Makwa Coffee patron

“Makwa Coffee is an independent, Ojibwe-owned craft coffee shop located in Roseville. Vibe is cozy and welcoming. My goal was to create a neighborhood gathering space that is true to our community, while intentionally ensuring it is a safe space for BIPOC and queer folks.”

Jamie Becker-Finn, owner of Makwa Coffee

Open: Makwa Hours

  • Closed Monday (but opened for the Mon. USMNT Group B game)
  • Tuesday – Saturday: 7 AM – 4 PM + Thursday open until 9 PM
  • Sunday: 8 AM – 3PM

USMNT Games: sound on
Non-USMNT Games: sound off for those studying and working

  • 70-inch TV
  • For USMNT matches: $1 off Americanos + various food specials
  • Heggies pizzas
  • The Aurora & Chill: lemonade, iced mango green tea with blueberry syrup
  • The Dark Cloud: hot tea latte with Earl Grey whit-tip tea, steamed milk, vanilla, and little bit of lavender.
  • Ziigwan Sugar Maple: cold brew concentrate, oat milk, caramel, real maple syrup
  • “If it’s not a school day, my third grader will also be there trying to get you to trade some Panini stickers.” – Jamie Becker-Finn

Sagal Restaurant and Coffee

411 Cedar Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454
http://www.sagalrestaurant.com

Photo by Matthew Johnson

“We are open for all the games!”

Abdul – Sagal Restaurant and Coffee

Open: 6 AM – 11 PM daily

Sagal Restaurant and Coffee is a Somali cafe that serves a variety of East African cuisine including the most flavorful Sambusas I’ve tasted in the metro area. They have two televisions to show both games during these final Group Stage matches.

Chicken Curry with Mulawah (bread) and Sambusa
photo by Matthew Johnson

Palmer’s Bar

500 Cedar Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454
https://www.palmersbar.net

Photo by Shuban Chá Folha

“There’s a very good group of soccer fans that always come here.”

Sarah – manager at Palmer’s Bar

Open: Just the USA games

Across Cedar Ave from Sagal is the home of the Minneapolis Spurs. Soccer bartender Jason who usually works during Tottenham Hotspur games will behind the bar for the US matches.

DelSur Empanadas

14725 Excelsior Blvd
Minnetonka, MN 55345
http://www.delsurempanadas.com/

DelSur Empanadas during Netherlands vs. Argentina — by Matthew Johnson

Open: 11 AM – 8 PM, Tuesdays – Saturdays
All the games during business hours — busier for Argentina games
Check their facebook.

If you love Argentinian fútbol and food, check out DelSur Empanadas in the southwest suburbs. Thunderwall President Daniel Ditmanson and I journeyed to Minnetonka for Netherlands versus Argentina. “The atmosphere is electric, the food fantastic!” said Daniel.

Empanadas with dipping sauces chimichurri and spicy sour cream, Choripan sandwich with salad (or side of potatoes) – photo by Matthew Johnson

Owner Diego Montero works the kitchen while Owner Nico Nikolov handles the customer orders. They both donned Argentina jerseys and would occasionally blast their blue and white vuvuzelas. They offer ten different empanadas, including vegetarian and vegan options.

Nico added, “When there’s football games on the TV, Choripan and Quilmes [Argentinian Lager] go hand in hand, doesn’t get any better than that!” The Choripan sandwich comes with a savory butterflied Argentinian chorizo link and chimichurri mayo. It was delicious!

BlackStack Brewing

755 Prior Ave N.
Saint Paul, MN 55104
https://www.blackstackbrewing.com/

Open: at 12 PM today, just the USA Games – see events website

$1 off Pints

If you want a spacious area to play board games, drink a delicious Thätz Bier Kölsch, Pull Tabs Hazy Pale Ale, or Holes Donut Milk Stout, check out BlackStack Brewing. For the hoptastic, they have more NE IPAs, DIPAs, TIPAs, and one QIPA than I can justify detailing for a platform called Sota Soccer, not Sota Taproom.

Thanks to all the reader suggestions and everyone I interviewed. Stay tuned to Sota Soccer for all your local Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Midwest soccer coverage.

By Matthew Johnson

Matthew "MJ" Johnson is a freelance writer based in Minneapolis. In 2007, he discovered UEFA Champions League. His complex spreadsheets went from college football bowl season to European club soccer, and his fandom soon followed. In 2011, a friend Wes made the mistake of inviting him to an NSC Minnesota Stars game, where he fell in love with local soccer. Matthew co-hosts The Daves I Know podcast and occasionally guest hosts the MN Fútbol Show. When not playing broomball or watching soccer, he repairs bicycles and sharpens knives for money but fuses cuisines for fun. Follow Matthew on Twitter @mjmattsui

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