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12 Excellent Downtown Minneapolis Happy Hours

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Downtown Minneapolis is the happiest of hours when cutting out of work early with friends to hit a nearby bar, even better if it’s attached to the skyway. There’s a spot to hit up for discounted food and drink for every post-office meeting style, be it fancy pants seafood spreads or old-school mozzarella sticks and a domestic tap.

Restaurants are listed in geographical order.

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1. Mercy Bar & Dining Room

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901 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 252-7000
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Pop into this bar at the base of Le Meridian hotel for happy hour 3 to 6 p.m. with $6 margaritas and $10 calamari.

A drink menu propped up on the bar at Mercy Mercy/Facebook

2. Devil's Advocate

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1070 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 354-7735
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Stop by the newest happy hour at the reborn Devil’s Advocate on Nicollet Mall from 3 to 6 pm with plenty of taps and gussied up bar food.

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3. The News Room

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990 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 343-0073
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News junkies will love the decor, and everyone will love the happy hour specials, offered 3:30-6:30 pm Monday through Friday in the sports and travel sections.  Drink specials include $4.50 draft beers, rails, and a wine of the day.  The selection of $5 appetizer ranges from Anchor wings to Thai rice croquettes.

Wine of the day for less than five bucks
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4. Kieran's Irish Pub

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85 N 6th St
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 339-4499
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Kieran’s deserves praise for one of the most generous happy hours around: seven days a week, running from opening at 11 am until 6 pm.  Drink specials are simple: $2 off all drafts, house liquors, house wines, and signature cocktails.  For food, take $2 off the entire appetizer menu, which includes chicken shots tossed in a choice of sauce (try the honey whiskey glaze) and a hummus board with a trio of dips in the hues of the Irish flag.

This happy hour favors the day-drinker
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5. The Local

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931 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 904-1000
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Long a popular spot for stopping by after work, the Local has plenty of bar space with $4.50 pints and $6 appetizers from 2 to 6 pm.

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6. Barrio

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925 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 333-9953
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This lively Mexican destination offers happy hours from 3 to 6 pm Monday through Friday Monday through Thursday.  Try a $10 tequila flight or the $6 Barrio margarita, and enjoy $2 off tap beers and sangria.  Food specials include chicken, beef, pork, and fish tacos; chips with guacamole and salsa; and the ultimate drinking food, chilaquiles loaded with salsa, chicken, queso fresco, and a sunny-side up egg.

Tequila flights are proven to make every happy hour kick off faster
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7. Lyon's Pub

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16 South 6th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 333-6612
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Lyon’s is easily becomes a happy hour habit with bar food classic snacks for just $4 or $5 including fried pickles, mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers and more things made even better with a side of ranch dipping sauce. Happy hour runs 3 to 6 pm.

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8. Hell's Kitchen

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80 S 9th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 332-4700
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The quirky underground restaurant endears itself with a daily happy hour from 3 to 6 pm.  Adventurous drinkers can spring for the $2 mystery beer, or pick from $4 Minnesota taps, $4.50 rails, and $5 house wines. There are also a handful of $7 cocktails like the Finlandia Press, house-infused vodka topped with lemonade and club soda.  The menu of appetizer specials features a solid lineup of classics like cheese curds, deviled eggs, and tater tots.

Beer starts at just $2 at this subterranean stop
Jennifer U./Yelp

9. Murray's

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26 South 6th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 339-0909
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Although best known as a special-occasion steakhouse, Murray’s also has an everyday-priced happy hour available in the bar from 4 to 7 pm Monday through Friday.  Half-price food specials include a 3-ounce steak burger for $3, a mini crab cake for $4, and $4.50 for truffle fries with dipping sauces or an order of chicken wings.  For drinks, there are $5 featured wines by the glass, $4 taps, and half-off rail drinks.

Eater Scenes: Murray's Steakhouse
It’s a downtown classic for a reason
Katie Cannon/Eater Twin Cities

10. The Oceanaire Seafood Room

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50 South 6th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 333-2277
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The bar at this swank seafood chain offers happy hours from 4 to 7 pm Monday through Friday.  Obviously, food specials focus on seafood, with $6 oyster shooters, a $7 trio of fresh oysters, and $8 steamed mussels.  For drinks, pick from $5 drafts, $7 wines by the glass, and $9 specialty martinis.

Dollar oysters
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11. Prohibition Bar

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821 S Marquette Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 215-3700
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This swank room up inside the Foshay tower offers happy hour 5 to 7 pm with $5 drink specials.

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12. HopCat Minneapolis

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435 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 276-5555
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Make a dinner of happy hour with HopCat’s $5 off a burger or pizza 3 to 6pm Monday through Thursday and $1.50 off local taps.

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1. Mercy Bar & Dining Room

901 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
A drink menu propped up on the bar at Mercy Mercy/Facebook

Pop into this bar at the base of Le Meridian hotel for happy hour 3 to 6 p.m. with $6 margaritas and $10 calamari.

901 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

2. Devil's Advocate

1070 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Devil’s Advocate/Instagram

Stop by the newest happy hour at the reborn Devil’s Advocate on Nicollet Mall from 3 to 6 pm with plenty of taps and gussied up bar food.

1070 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403

3. The News Room

990 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Wine of the day for less than five bucks
The News Room/Facebook

News junkies will love the decor, and everyone will love the happy hour specials, offered 3:30-6:30 pm Monday through Friday in the sports and travel sections.  Drink specials include $4.50 draft beers, rails, and a wine of the day.  The selection of $5 appetizer ranges from Anchor wings to Thai rice croquettes.

990 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403

4. Kieran's Irish Pub

85 N 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403
This happy hour favors the day-drinker
Kieran’s Irish Pub/Facebook

Kieran’s deserves praise for one of the most generous happy hours around: seven days a week, running from opening at 11 am until 6 pm.  Drink specials are simple: $2 off all drafts, house liquors, house wines, and signature cocktails.  For food, take $2 off the entire appetizer menu, which includes chicken shots tossed in a choice of sauce (try the honey whiskey glaze) and a hummus board with a trio of dips in the hues of the Irish flag.

85 N 6th St
Minneapolis, MN 55403

5. The Local

931 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402
The Local/Facebook

Long a popular spot for stopping by after work, the Local has plenty of bar space with $4.50 pints and $6 appetizers from 2 to 6 pm.

931 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402

6. Barrio

925 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Tequila flights are proven to make every happy hour kick off faster
Barrio/Facebook

This lively Mexican destination offers happy hours from 3 to 6 pm Monday through Friday Monday through Thursday.  Try a $10 tequila flight or the $6 Barrio margarita, and enjoy $2 off tap beers and sangria.  Food specials include chicken, beef, pork, and fish tacos; chips with guacamole and salsa; and the ultimate drinking food, chilaquiles loaded with salsa, chicken, queso fresco, and a sunny-side up egg.

925 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402

7. Lyon's Pub

16 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Lyon’s Pub [Official]

Lyon’s is easily becomes a happy hour habit with bar food classic snacks for just $4 or $5 including fried pickles, mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers and more things made even better with a side of ranch dipping sauce. Happy hour runs 3 to 6 pm.

16 South 6th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402

8. Hell's Kitchen

80 S 9th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Beer starts at just $2 at this subterranean stop
Jennifer U./Yelp

The quirky underground restaurant endears itself with a daily happy hour from 3 to 6 pm.  Adventurous drinkers can spring for the $2 mystery beer, or pick from $4 Minnesota taps, $4.50 rails, and $5 house wines. There are also a handful of $7 cocktails like the Finlandia Press, house-infused vodka topped with lemonade and club soda.  The menu of appetizer specials features a solid lineup of classics like cheese curds, deviled eggs, and tater tots.

80 S 9th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402

9. Murray's

26 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Eater Scenes: Murray's Steakhouse
It’s a downtown classic for a reason
Katie Cannon/Eater Twin Cities

Although best known as a special-occasion steakhouse, Murray’s also has an everyday-priced happy hour available in the bar from 4 to 7 pm Monday through Friday.  Half-price food specials include a 3-ounce steak burger for $3, a mini crab cake for $4, and $4.50 for truffle fries with dipping sauces or an order of chicken wings.  For drinks, there are $5 featured wines by the glass, $4 taps, and half-off rail drinks.

26 South 6th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402

10. The Oceanaire Seafood Room

50 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Dollar oysters
Oceanaire/Facebook

The bar at this swank seafood chain offers happy hours from 4 to 7 pm Monday through Friday.  Obviously, food specials focus on seafood, with $6 oyster shooters, a $7 trio of fresh oysters, and $8 steamed mussels.  For drinks, pick from $5 drafts, $7 wines by the glass, and $9 specialty martinis.

50 South 6th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402

11. Prohibition Bar

821 S Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Prohibition Bar/Facebook

This swank room up inside the Foshay tower offers happy hour 5 to 7 pm with $5 drink specials.

821 S Marquette Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55402

12. HopCat Minneapolis

435 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401
HopCat/Facebook

Make a dinner of happy hour with HopCat’s $5 off a burger or pizza 3 to 6pm Monday through Thursday and $1.50 off local taps.

435 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55401

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