MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - This 21-year-old University of Minnesota student is from a small town, and he's never watched a sporting event in a bar in his entire life. Before the Vikings take on the San Francisco 49ers Monday night, Reddit user Nickthegreat is asking for some guidance from fellow fans. Specifically, he's looking to ensure Buffalo Wild Wings would be an amicable game-watching environment, and if it's ok to watch alone.
Here's what he wrote:
I've been a pretty passionate member of /r/minnesotavikings for quite some time, so I thought I'd ask some probably pretty stupid questions here since I figured you all would be understanding. I'm from a very small town and I've always watched games either through online streams or with my friends, so this is a big change for me.
I'm 21 years old, and I've never watched a game at a bar in my life. Hell, I've never even gone to a sit down restaurant alone. Being a college student in Minneapolis at the University of Minnesota who wants to watch the game, the idea of getting out and cheering with people while watching the Vikings play appeals to me. I'm normally pretty introverted, but my passion for football is so great, I'm willing to break out of my shell and try something new.
I'm thinking of going to Buffalo Wild Wings (The one near TCF Bank Stadium) since it's within walking distance of my place, and because I think it might be a more tame atmosphere than perhaps a bar. Okay, here are my questions:
1. Is it okay to go to a Buffalo Wild Wings to watch the game alone? Will there be other people there that also went alone?
2. How much money do I need to spend? I could justify getting a burger and a drink, but I hope the waiters don't keep pressing me to buy more food, I don't have a whole lot of money. Would they be cool with me sitting and watching the game for hours? Do most people buy food the entire time they're there?
3. Is it easy to make friends while watching the game? Or does everyone sort of sit at their own tables and stuff to watch the game? Is there a congregation area where you can sit with a throng of people to watch the game?
Edit: Thanks everyone for the great tips. You have no idea how much this helps! I'm really excited for the game tonight and there's no way I'll have a bad time. Skol Vikings!"
Nickthegreat received an array of promising testimonials. Here's one from FlannelBeard:
"No one cares if you go alone. If I go alone, I sit at the bar and chat with the bartender. Much easier to get into conversation. At a table, youre isolated. Plus Bartenders are usually funny shits. Ill likely be at Big Ten Bar on campus for the game tonight.
You can buy one drink and sit there for the rest of the night. Most dont care, although BWWs may as its a bit more of a corporate place. Ill usually get a beer or 4 and some apps just to keep everyone happy.
Yes. Drunk people love to talk. Youll learn this in not too long."