Stow your horns -- cheeseheads are people, too
We don't do this very often, but here's a preview of Saturday's Answer Man, with tips on where to enjoy the big GB win:
Dear Answer Man, are there any Packers-friendly bars in the Rochester area where one can enjoy tonight's big Green Bay victory?
Seriously, you're going to have to make a run for the border if you want to truly enjoy a beer and the game tonight at 7:30 p.m. One option is the Top Hat bar in Nelson, your basic hole in the wall just a few minutes over the bridge from Wabasha, where everybody knows your name even when they've never seen you before, and even fans in Vikings jerseys are treated well. My wife and I stopped there last weekend and purple-clad fans -- not us! -- were treated with respect and dignity. They just covered up their Vikings jerseys at appropriate moments.
If you must stick around Rochester, I've always found the crowd at Dooley's more interested in fun than Packers hate; Buffalo Wild Wings has enough kids in the room to ensure a higher standard of behavior; Tilly's Tavern in Oronoco is intense but good-humored on game days; Whistle Binkies draws a more catholic crowd, not so "homer"; and Beetle's, my neighborhood bar, will be quite purple-oriented but tolerable, with really good popcorn.
But wait! I asked for help on Twitter and a fan passed along an app called Packers Everywhere, which identifies Packers-friendly bars, and it lists Glynner's Pub and Brothers Bar & Grill in Roch.
Have some other last-minute tips on where to enjoy the game? Go on Twitter with the secret handshake #rochmnpackers and let's network.
But Vikings fans, please, stow your horns. Cheeseheads are people, too.