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Drink Well On a Dime: Cheap Cocktails in Minneapolis

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As we wind down our Cocktail Week coverage, we've hit the high brow and the low brow spots for grabbing our favorite vitamin booze. Now, is the time to hit an easy-on-the-wallet joint to finish off this week.

Did we miss your favorite? Let us know in the comments where your favorite spot is for downing cheap cocktails.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Dusty's Bar

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1319 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 378-2118
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The bar remained untouched by time. The stools are worn to a comfortable patina and the back of the room still sports a telephone booth. The cash register dates back to a time before color television and the drink prices haven't moved much in years. Dusty's Dagos also serves the Italian sandwiches for which it's named, a tidy Italian sausage patty topped with caramelized onions and bell peppers covered in gooey, white cheese on a squishy white bun. Dinner and drinks for under 10 bucks.

2. Cuzzy's Grill & Bar

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507 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 339-6211
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It wasn't long ago that North Loop was filled with abandoned factories with just a couple of condos and office space. It's now ground zero for hipster restaurants and astronomical rents. One bar remains papered in old dollar bills, dark as a pocket and committed to getting you hammered without clearing out your savings account. For that Cuzzy's, we will always love you.

3. Hola Arepa

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3501 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 345-5583
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Seldom do the words "craft cocktail" and "happy hour" go together in these fine Twin Cities, but that's what happens every day at 3 p.m. inside Hola Arepa. Get a discounted arepa and a Fernet y Cola for just a few bucks every weekday except Monday.

4. Smack Shack

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603 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 259-7288
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Happy hour at Smack Shack rocks you like a Hurricane - more specifically a fruity tootie cocktail that's discounted during happy hour which runs 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and beginning at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. They also have $2 off local and domestic taps, $4 rails and $5 glasses of wine.

5. Lush Food Bar

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990 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 208-0358
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You only think you've sampled a strong drink until you've hit happy hour at a gay bar. Lush spots 3 for 1 taps and rails from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and bottomless mimosas on Sundays to pair with their impressive menu. They also just happen to have a great patio to soak in these last rays of fall sunshine.

6. Liquor Lyle's

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2021 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 870-8183
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The late night two from ones begin at 9 p.m. and deliver. There is nothing like the scene and being seen (possibly with double vision) in the evening at Liquor Lyle's.

7. Nightingale

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2551 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 354-7060
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This place caters to night owls, but they have two happy hours to suit your mood. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and again from 10 p.m. to 1 p.m. there are $2.50 tall boys, select $3 taps, $3 rail drinks and all those reasonably priced, delicious small plates to choose from. Plus, this is a bar with a beautiful menu worth drinking your way through and during happy hour, once specialty cocktail (which rotates) is just $5.

1. Dusty's Bar

1319 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
The bar remained untouched by time. The stools are worn to a comfortable patina and the back of the room still sports a telephone booth. The cash register dates back to a time before color television and the drink prices haven't moved much in years. Dusty's Dagos also serves the Italian sandwiches for which it's named, a tidy Italian sausage patty topped with caramelized onions and bell peppers covered in gooey, white cheese on a squishy white bun. Dinner and drinks for under 10 bucks.
1319 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

2. Cuzzy's Grill & Bar

507 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401
It wasn't long ago that North Loop was filled with abandoned factories with just a couple of condos and office space. It's now ground zero for hipster restaurants and astronomical rents. One bar remains papered in old dollar bills, dark as a pocket and committed to getting you hammered without clearing out your savings account. For that Cuzzy's, we will always love you.
507 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401

3. Hola Arepa

3501 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Seldom do the words "craft cocktail" and "happy hour" go together in these fine Twin Cities, but that's what happens every day at 3 p.m. inside Hola Arepa. Get a discounted arepa and a Fernet y Cola for just a few bucks every weekday except Monday.
3501 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

4. Smack Shack

603 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Happy hour at Smack Shack rocks you like a Hurricane - more specifically a fruity tootie cocktail that's discounted during happy hour which runs 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and beginning at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. They also have $2 off local and domestic taps, $4 rails and $5 glasses of wine.
603 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401

5. Lush Food Bar

990 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
You only think you've sampled a strong drink until you've hit happy hour at a gay bar. Lush spots 3 for 1 taps and rails from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and bottomless mimosas on Sundays to pair with their impressive menu. They also just happen to have a great patio to soak in these last rays of fall sunshine.
990 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

6. Liquor Lyle's

2021 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405
The late night two from ones begin at 9 p.m. and deliver. There is nothing like the scene and being seen (possibly with double vision) in the evening at Liquor Lyle's.
2021 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55405

7. Nightingale

2551 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405
This place caters to night owls, but they have two happy hours to suit your mood. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and again from 10 p.m. to 1 p.m. there are $2.50 tall boys, select $3 taps, $3 rail drinks and all those reasonably priced, delicious small plates to choose from. Plus, this is a bar with a beautiful menu worth drinking your way through and during happy hour, once specialty cocktail (which rotates) is just $5.
2551 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55405

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