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Cut Out of Work Early with These Minneapolis Happy Hour Deals

The best post work plans involve drinks and snacks on the cheap

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Spiked Thai iced tea at Hai Hai
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Two words that can be music to the ears of anyone looking to obliterate the memory of a rough day for a couple bucks, or try that restaurant they’ve been unable to afford: “happy hour.” This list is full of budget-friendly eats and drinks, from 2-for-1’s at the local dive to affordable highlights from some of Minneapolis’ finest.

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1. Hai Hai Restaurant

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2121 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 223-8640
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Hai Hai’s Southeast Asian flavors are always exciting and affordable, but even better for the first hour it’s open starting at 3 pm. Cocktails made with fresh-juiced sugar cane pair with the limited happy hour menu that includes salt and pepper tofu or duck wontons priced at just a couple of bucks.

The indoor/outdoor bar at Hai Hai is the perfect perch
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2. The Sample Room

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2124 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 789-0333
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Experiment with a variety of menu items during happy hour at this cozy Northeast gem. The Sample Room specializes in small plates, and happy hour is no exception. The restaurant offers $3.50 drinks and $4.50 tapas like blue cheese and bacon nachos and truffled bacon fat popcorn.

A Northeast classic: the Sample Room
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3. The Blue Door Pub

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1514 Como Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 367-4964
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It’s hard to beat $3 tap beers and happy hour tots slathered in wing sauce. Blue Door Pub’s happy hour is wildly popular for good reason. Local craft beer and legendary burgers meet afternoon and late night specials. Three dollar craft beers make for a juicy deal when paired with the legendary Blucy (stuffed) burger.

A huge selection of different kinds of wings
All the fried goodies at Blue Door Pub
Blue Door Pub / Facebook

4. Nolo’s Kitchen & Bar

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515 N Washington Ave #100
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 800-6033
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Great happy hour prices and options, with multiple vibes to pick from: casual bar with TVs, intimate window-front couches with a view, informal high-top tables, plus a basement bar full of activities. NOLO’s happy hour is comfortable, chic, and boasts $3 Fulton Standards alongside a $6 happy hour burger — a steal in the high-end North Loop neighborhood.

Nolo’s Kitchen
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5. Red Rabbit Minneapolis

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201 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 767-8855
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This pasta and pizza restaurant in the North Loop serves a fantastic selection of drinks and wine, making it an ideal post-work stop. Grab an order of smoky, tender wings or the ultra-crispy, gooey on the inside arancini. Red Rabbit has an early and late night happy hour.

6. HopCat Minneapolis

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435 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 276-5555
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Get $1.50 the impressive tap list for early and late night happy hour at HopCat in downtown Minneapolis. Plus, there are $5 burgers, an unheard of price in the heart of downtown.

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7. Republic

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221 Cedar Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612) 338-6146
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Beer geeks already love Republic, but that appreciation goes even deeper during happy hour with $2 off all beers and ciders. Fries are just $3 and a burger runs $6.

A favorite for the post-work crowd as well as college students on the West Bank
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8. P.S. Steak

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510 Groveland Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 886-1620
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This elegant bar and restaurant at the base of the 510 Groveland building just kicked off a new happy hour menu. In addition to drink, wine, and beer specials, the crispity chips and monster burger are discounted.

A double decker burger with an onion ring from P.S. Steak P.S. Steak/Facebook

9. Tracy's Saloon & Eatery

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2207 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 332-1865
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Meet the proprietors of wooden nickel happy hour. What’s a wooden nickel? Good for buy one get one free drinks that can be redeemed anytime, any day. Save them up and drink free on a Friday, or use them to pair a beer with the 40 percent off burger on Monday. Come for the wooden nickel, stay for the totchos and warm tavern feel on a cold winter’s eve.

A neighborhood bar classic
Tracy’s Saloon / Website

10. Liquor Lyle's

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2021 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 870-8183
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Feel right at home with Liquor Lyle’s eclectic mix of patrons, nostalgic jukebox jams, and down-to- earth servers. At this old-school saloon with 2-for-1s every day of the week and bar food that’s surprisingly good, there’s enough camaraderie and cheap drinks to turn anyone into a regular.

The dark round, laminate wood topped bar inside a dimly lit Liquor Lyle’s
Good ol’ Lyle’s
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11. Nightingale

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2551 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 354-7060
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A spot beloved by industry insiders, Nightingale’s early and late night happy hour discounts include taps, wine, $3.50 rail drinks, and a rotating craft cocktail, plus a special food menu that includes a $10 burger.

A table filled with bruchetta, mussels, and other snacks on white plates, shot from above
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12. Barbette

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1600 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 827-5710
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Between the rustic romance of the place and whimsical French decor, Barbette’s got an early and late night happy hour offering a petite but delicious menu of amusements, $5 share plates paired with $4 drinks.

Barbette
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13. Hola Arepa

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3501 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 345-5583
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Happy hour kicks off at 3 pm inside the always bustling Hola Arepa. Try $4 taps, $6 select cocktails filled with fresh juices and served just like the taste of the tropics that they are. Plus food specials include the signature arepas, cornmeal cakes stuffed with meats and cheeses.

hola cocktail
Killer drinks that won’t break the bank
Joy Summers / Eater Twin Cities

14. Grand Cafe

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3804 Grand Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 822-8260
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Fans of Jamie Malone’s blushing bistro are thrilled with the snack attack hits. One of the best ways to luxuriate in the renowned fare is while sitting on the patio where happy hour prices are always available as the Snack Attack (plus, this fun way of dining is available from 7:45 to 10 pm in the dining room.) Snack Attack can go one of two ways, drop $50 for dinner for two served as an assortment of first courses that Malone say “hits your table like a parade.” It feels like baller dining on a budget. There are also $25 bottles of wine available to round out the experience. Or version 2 is $75 and builds upon the experience with a cheeseburger with a life-altering bacon mayo, spinach salad and onion rings.

Outside at Grand Cafe
Dine al fresco and on the cheap on the sidewalk patio
Joy Summers/Eater Twin Cities

1. Hai Hai Restaurant

2121 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
The indoor/outdoor bar at Hai Hai is the perfect perch
Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

Hai Hai’s Southeast Asian flavors are always exciting and affordable, but even better for the first hour it’s open starting at 3 pm. Cocktails made with fresh-juiced sugar cane pair with the limited happy hour menu that includes salt and pepper tofu or duck wontons priced at just a couple of bucks.

2121 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

2. The Sample Room

2124 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
A Northeast classic: the Sample Room
The Sample Room / Website

Experiment with a variety of menu items during happy hour at this cozy Northeast gem. The Sample Room specializes in small plates, and happy hour is no exception. The restaurant offers $3.50 drinks and $4.50 tapas like blue cheese and bacon nachos and truffled bacon fat popcorn.

2124 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

3. The Blue Door Pub

1514 Como Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
A huge selection of different kinds of wings
All the fried goodies at Blue Door Pub
Blue Door Pub / Facebook

It’s hard to beat $3 tap beers and happy hour tots slathered in wing sauce. Blue Door Pub’s happy hour is wildly popular for good reason. Local craft beer and legendary burgers meet afternoon and late night specials. Three dollar craft beers make for a juicy deal when paired with the legendary Blucy (stuffed) burger.

1514 Como Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

4. Nolo’s Kitchen & Bar

515 N Washington Ave #100, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Nolo’s Kitchen
Rebecca Slater / Eater Twin Cities

Great happy hour prices and options, with multiple vibes to pick from: casual bar with TVs, intimate window-front couches with a view, informal high-top tables, plus a basement bar full of activities. NOLO’s happy hour is comfortable, chic, and boasts $3 Fulton Standards alongside a $6 happy hour burger — a steal in the high-end North Loop neighborhood.

515 N Washington Ave #100
Minneapolis, MN 55401

5. Red Rabbit Minneapolis

201 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

This pasta and pizza restaurant in the North Loop serves a fantastic selection of drinks and wine, making it an ideal post-work stop. Grab an order of smoky, tender wings or the ultra-crispy, gooey on the inside arancini. Red Rabbit has an early and late night happy hour.

201 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401

6. HopCat Minneapolis

435 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401
HopCat/Facebook

Get $1.50 the impressive tap list for early and late night happy hour at HopCat in downtown Minneapolis. Plus, there are $5 burgers, an unheard of price in the heart of downtown.

435 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55401

7. Republic

221 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454
A favorite for the post-work crowd as well as college students on the West Bank
Republic/Facebook

Beer geeks already love Republic, but that appreciation goes even deeper during happy hour with $2 off all beers and ciders. Fries are just $3 and a burger runs $6.

221 Cedar Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454

8. P.S. Steak

510 Groveland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
A double decker burger with an onion ring from P.S. Steak P.S. Steak/Facebook

This elegant bar and restaurant at the base of the 510 Groveland building just kicked off a new happy hour menu. In addition to drink, wine, and beer specials, the crispity chips and monster burger are discounted.

510 Groveland Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

9. Tracy's Saloon & Eatery

2207 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
A neighborhood bar classic
Tracy’s Saloon / Website

Meet the proprietors of wooden nickel happy hour. What’s a wooden nickel? Good for buy one get one free drinks that can be redeemed anytime, any day. Save them up and drink free on a Friday, or use them to pair a beer with the 40 percent off burger on Monday. Come for the wooden nickel, stay for the totchos and warm tavern feel on a cold winter’s eve.

2207 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404

10. Liquor Lyle's

2021 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405
The dark round, laminate wood topped bar inside a dimly lit Liquor Lyle’s
Good ol’ Lyle’s
Yelp

Feel right at home with Liquor Lyle’s eclectic mix of patrons, nostalgic jukebox jams, and down-to- earth servers. At this old-school saloon with 2-for-1s every day of the week and bar food that’s surprisingly good, there’s enough camaraderie and cheap drinks to turn anyone into a regular.

2021 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55405

11. Nightingale

2551 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405
A table filled with bruchetta, mussels, and other snacks on white plates, shot from above
Nightengale
Facebook

A spot beloved by industry insiders, Nightingale’s early and late night happy hour discounts include taps, wine, $3.50 rail drinks, and a rotating craft cocktail, plus a special food menu that includes a $10 burger.

2551 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55405

12. Barbette

1600 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Barbette
Barbette / Facebook

Between the rustic romance of the place and whimsical French decor, Barbette’s got an early and late night happy hour offering a petite but delicious menu of amusements, $5 share plates paired with $4 drinks.

1600 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408

13. Hola Arepa

3501 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
hola cocktail
Killer drinks that won’t break the bank
Joy Summers / Eater Twin Cities

Happy hour kicks off at 3 pm inside the always bustling Hola Arepa. Try $4 taps, $6 select cocktails filled with fresh juices and served just like the taste of the tropics that they are. Plus food specials include the signature arepas, cornmeal cakes stuffed with meats and cheeses.

3501 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

14. Grand Cafe

3804 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Outside at Grand Cafe
Dine al fresco and on the cheap on the sidewalk patio
Joy Summers/Eater Twin Cities

Fans of Jamie Malone’s blushing bistro are thrilled with the snack attack hits. One of the best ways to luxuriate in the renowned fare is while sitting on the patio where happy hour prices are always available as the Snack Attack (plus, this fun way of dining is available from 7:45 to 10 pm in the dining room.) Snack Attack can go one of two ways, drop $50 for dinner for two served as an assortment of first courses that Malone say “hits your table like a parade.” It feels like baller dining on a budget. There are also $25 bottles of wine available to round out the experience. Or version 2 is $75 and builds upon the experience with a cheeseburger with a life-altering bacon mayo, spinach salad and onion rings.

3804 Grand Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55409

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