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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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The Local

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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]

Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment

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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]

Vincent A Restaurant

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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]

Kieran's Irish Pub

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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.

Devil's Advocate

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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.

The Third Bird

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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.

Brasserie Zentral

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The wine and cocktails are top flight and the soothing atmosphere helps. [Photo by Katie Cannon]

Barrio Tequila Bar

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One word: tequila. Tons of tacos and a little queso fundido doesn't hurt, either.

Butcher & the Boar

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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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The Local

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]

Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment

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]

Vincent A Restaurant

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]

Kieran's Irish Pub

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.

Devil's Advocate

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.

The Third Bird

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.

Brasserie Zentral

The wine and cocktails are top flight and the soothing atmosphere helps. [Photo by Katie Cannon]

Barrio Tequila Bar

One word: tequila. Tons of tacos and a little queso fundido doesn't hurt, either.

Butcher & the Boar

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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