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Drinking Spots for Coping with Target Layoffs

1,700 people are being let go, but there is severance and 60 degree temperatures. We're searching for a silver lining.

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No matter how far ahead you see it coming, no matter the safety net in place or the support system that surrounds you: getting laid off sucks. Reports of workers leaving the downtown Minneapolis headquarters with white boxes filled with belongings are already pouring in. Might we suggest that you embrace this unseasonably warm day with some lemons turned into vodka lemonade? Here are a few downtown drinking spots that will hopefully ease the blow.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Local

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931 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 904-1000
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No one throws a wake like the Irish. There is plenty of outdoor seating and it's never too early in the day for a Guinness. Plus, if you don't feel like facing the world, there are a myriad of dark nooks and crannies for squirreling away with a whiskey and privacy for airing your honest opinions about this day. [Photo courtesy The Local Facebook Page]

2. Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment

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1110 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 332-3908
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One of the most glorious patios in downtown feels like a sanctuary on any sunny day. There is also plenty of sidewalk seating to gather any friends you might see wandering down the mall. [Photo courtesy Britt's Facebook page]

3. Vincent A Restaurant

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1100 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 630-1189
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Good luck finding a finer wine list in this corner of downtown Minneapolis. Chef and owner Vincent Francoual announced this morning that happy hour will begin at 2 p.m. inside the restaurant, "In moral support for our neighbors." [Photo courtesy Vincent - A Restaurant]

4. Kieran's Irish Pub

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601 1st Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 339-4499
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No one charms quite like Kieran Folliard and the pub named for him carries on the Irish charm. Today they're running a Big Ginger for $4.50 special through happy hour.

5. Devil's Advocate

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89 S 10th St
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 843-2260
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The beer selection stretches out for days and the bar itself has that easy wear, perfect for elbows ready to settle in for a good, long day drink. Target employees will receive their first beer, a Widow Maker IPA or Black Widow Porter, for free. The bloody Mary also counts as a meal.

6. The Third Bird

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1612 Harmon Pl
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 767-9495
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Sometimes a walk helps. Sometimes getting out of downtown is necessary. A meditative hike through Loring Park to this gorgeous restaurant ends in a spectacular drink list.

7. Brasserie Zentral

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505 Marquette Ave A
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 333-0505
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The wine and cocktails are top flight and the soothing atmosphere helps. [Photo by Katie Cannon]

8. Barrio Tequila Bar

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925 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 333-9953
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One word: tequila. Tons of tacos and a little queso fundido doesn't hurt, either.

9. Butcher & the Boar

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1121 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 238-8888
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Unquestionably, one of the best outdoor drinking spots in downtown Minneapolis. Maybe if the staff is feeling charitable, they'll light up the outdoor fire place and allow a pyre of now useless business cards. (The only caveat is that they don't open until 4 p.m.)

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1. The Local

931 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402
No one throws a wake like the Irish. There is plenty of outdoor seating and it's never too early in the day for a Guinness. Plus, if you don't feel like facing the world, there are a myriad of dark nooks and crannies for squirreling away with a whiskey and privacy for airing your honest opinions about this day. [Photo courtesy The Local Facebook Page]
931 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402

2. Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment

1110 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
One of the most glorious patios in downtown feels like a sanctuary on any sunny day. There is also plenty of sidewalk seating to gather any friends you might see wandering down the mall. [Photo courtesy Britt's Facebook page]
1110 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

3. Vincent A Restaurant

1100 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Good luck finding a finer wine list in this corner of downtown Minneapolis. Chef and owner Vincent Francoual announced this morning that happy hour will begin at 2 p.m. inside the restaurant, "In moral support for our neighbors." [Photo courtesy Vincent - A Restaurant]
1100 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403

4. Kieran's Irish Pub

601 1st Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55403
No one charms quite like Kieran Folliard and the pub named for him carries on the Irish charm. Today they're running a Big Ginger for $4.50 special through happy hour.
601 1st Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55403

5. Devil's Advocate

89 S 10th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403
The beer selection stretches out for days and the bar itself has that easy wear, perfect for elbows ready to settle in for a good, long day drink. Target employees will receive their first beer, a Widow Maker IPA or Black Widow Porter, for free. The bloody Mary also counts as a meal.
89 S 10th St
Minneapolis, MN 55403

6. The Third Bird

1612 Harmon Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Sometimes a walk helps. Sometimes getting out of downtown is necessary. A meditative hike through Loring Park to this gorgeous restaurant ends in a spectacular drink list.
1612 Harmon Pl
Minneapolis, MN 55403

7. Brasserie Zentral

505 Marquette Ave A, Minneapolis, MN 55402
The wine and cocktails are top flight and the soothing atmosphere helps. [Photo by Katie Cannon]
505 Marquette Ave A
Minneapolis, MN 55402

8. Barrio Tequila Bar

925 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402
One word: tequila. Tons of tacos and a little queso fundido doesn't hurt, either.
925 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402

9. Butcher & the Boar

1121 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Unquestionably, one of the best outdoor drinking spots in downtown Minneapolis. Maybe if the staff is feeling charitable, they'll light up the outdoor fire place and allow a pyre of now useless business cards. (The only caveat is that they don't open until 4 p.m.)
1121 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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