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Presenting 14 Killer Cocktail Happy Hours in Mpls/St. Paul

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As we celebrate the last day of Cocktail Week 2013, let's raise a well-mixed, discounted glass. That's right, we're talking cocktail happy hour. Sure, most every Twin Cities establishment offers beer (and usually wine) deals during those happiest of hours, but solid cocktail happy hours are harder to come by. And we're not talking about mixed drinks here, people.

Here are 14 killer cocktail happy hours, mapped in geographic order, to help you find discounted drinks at some of the top cocktail spots in town.

Don't see your favorite cocktail happy hour? Let us know in the comments.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lucia's Wine Bar

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1432 W 31st St
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 825-1572
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It may be called Lucia's Wine Bar, but it's got great cocktails, too, and they're $2 off from 9-11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday nights. Starting today, Lucia's is adding the same happy hour on Friday and Saturday nights, too, from 9 p.m. to midnight. Throw in a $5 charcuterie plate and $4 pommes frites, and you're all set.

2. Barbette

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1600 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 827-5710
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This Uptown spot's got $4 select cocktails and $5 select apps from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.

3. Nightingale

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2551 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 354-7060
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A $5 changing daily cocktail means you can hit the Nightingale happy hour up every day of the week and get something different. Served daily (that's right, daily) from 4-6 p.m. and 11 p.m.-1 a.m. And get yourself some $2 oysters alongside that cocktail while you're at it.

4. Eat Street Buddha Kitchen & Lounge

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2550 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Pick your poison at this new addition to Eat Street, offering $2 off all cocktails during happy hour. Get after it from 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 3-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 9-11 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, and 10 p.m.-midnight Wednesday-Saturday. (That is, if you can remember when happy hour even runs on a given day.)

5. The Lowry

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2112 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 341-2112
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This Uptown "diner" is one of the few spots offering a cocktail happy hour that runs until 7 p.m. And it's daily, too! From 4-7 p.m. or 10 p.m.-2 a.m. get a Jeff's Choice Cocktail for just $6.

6. Solera

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900 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 338-0062
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Sangria might not quite be a cocktail, but it is a kind of wine punch, so it's good enough for us. Get $3 glasses from 4-6 p.m. Sunday-Friday and 10 p.m-midnight Sunday-Thursday.

7. Union Restaurant & Rooftop

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731 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 455-6690
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The drinks aren't cheap during Union's happy hour, but they are slightly cheaper. During Union's social hour (2-6 p.m. daily), you can get the Union Manhattan ($9.50), the Persian PussyCat ($7.50), the "Oh si, mas" ($9), or a rail martini ($7), along with lots of food specials.

8. Bradstreet Craftshouse Restaurant

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601 1st Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 312-1821
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Bradstreet Crafthouse at the 601 Graves Hotel offers the 601 Hour (get it?), wherein three cocktails plus various snacks are a measly $6.01. It runs from 5-7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 p.m.-close Tuesday through Thursday.

9. Saffron Restaurant & Lounge

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123 N 3rd St
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 746-5533
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Get your choice of three happy hour cocktails for $5 each (or get there at the start of happy hour and try all three). There's also $3, $5, and $7 small plates, for any budget. Saffron's happy hour runs Monday-Friday from 4-6 p.m.

10. Sea Change

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818 S 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 225-6499
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The bar at this downtown restaurant is kind of strangely separate from the rest of the space, but if you find yourself in need of a bite, you can get deals on caramel corn, calamari, bouillabaisse, wings, clams, and shrimp cocktail, plus a $6 pineapple martini or a $5 drink with 2 Gingers Whiskey or Prairie Vodka.

11. Aster Cafe

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121 Main St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-3138
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Sit on the river (or very near the river) and enjoy a $6 special seasonal cocktail, plus $4 cheese plates and $7 flatbreads. The Aster's happy hour runs from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 p.m.-midnight on Sundays.

12. Masu Sushi & Robata

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330 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 332-6278
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Shochu gummi sours are $6 during this Northeast spot's happy hour, plus specials on seemingly all the food you could want, from robata to ramen. Happy hour runs from 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 p.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday, and 9-11 p.m. on Sundays.

13. Red Stag Supperclub

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509 1st Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 767-7766
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Kim Bartmann's Northeast supper club offers $4 select cocktails and late night food specials Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday 10 p.m.-close, and Sundays from 3 p.m. to close (yes, that's all afternoon and evening on Sunday).

14. Salut Bar Americain

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917 Grand Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 917-2345
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The only cocktail on Salut's happy hour is a "business time martini," but when a martini is $5, what else do you need? There's also $2 oysters and $2-$7 small plates. Happy hour runs from 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 p.m.-midnight on Friday and Saturday.

15. Meritage, a Brasserie

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410 Saint Peter St
Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 222-5670
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Happy hour at this downtown St. Paul spot runs from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, offering up $5 cocktails, 2 for $4 oysters, and lots more options.

1. Lucia's Wine Bar

1432 W 31st St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
It may be called Lucia's Wine Bar, but it's got great cocktails, too, and they're $2 off from 9-11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday nights. Starting today, Lucia's is adding the same happy hour on Friday and Saturday nights, too, from 9 p.m. to midnight. Throw in a $5 charcuterie plate and $4 pommes frites, and you're all set.
1432 W 31st St
Minneapolis, MN 55408

2. Barbette

1600 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
This Uptown spot's got $4 select cocktails and $5 select apps from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.
1600 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408

3. Nightingale

2551 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405
A $5 changing daily cocktail means you can hit the Nightingale happy hour up every day of the week and get something different. Served daily (that's right, daily) from 4-6 p.m. and 11 p.m.-1 a.m. And get yourself some $2 oysters alongside that cocktail while you're at it.
2551 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55405

4. Eat Street Buddha Kitchen & Lounge

2550 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Pick your poison at this new addition to Eat Street, offering $2 off all cocktails during happy hour. Get after it from 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 3-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 9-11 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, and 10 p.m.-midnight Wednesday-Saturday. (That is, if you can remember when happy hour even runs on a given day.)
2550 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404

5. The Lowry

2112 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405
This Uptown "diner" is one of the few spots offering a cocktail happy hour that runs until 7 p.m. And it's daily, too! From 4-7 p.m. or 10 p.m.-2 a.m. get a Jeff's Choice Cocktail for just $6.
2112 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55405

6. Solera

900 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Sangria might not quite be a cocktail, but it is a kind of wine punch, so it's good enough for us. Get $3 glasses from 4-6 p.m. Sunday-Friday and 10 p.m-midnight Sunday-Thursday.
900 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

7. Union Restaurant & Rooftop

731 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403
The drinks aren't cheap during Union's happy hour, but they are slightly cheaper. During Union's social hour (2-6 p.m. daily), you can get the Union Manhattan ($9.50), the Persian PussyCat ($7.50), the "Oh si, mas" ($9), or a rail martini ($7), along with lots of food specials.
731 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

8. Bradstreet Craftshouse Restaurant

601 1st Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Bradstreet Crafthouse at the 601 Graves Hotel offers the 601 Hour (get it?), wherein three cocktails plus various snacks are a measly $6.01. It runs from 5-7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 p.m.-close Tuesday through Thursday.
601 1st Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403

9. Saffron Restaurant & Lounge

123 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Get your choice of three happy hour cocktails for $5 each (or get there at the start of happy hour and try all three). There's also $3, $5, and $7 small plates, for any budget. Saffron's happy hour runs Monday-Friday from 4-6 p.m.
123 N 3rd St
Minneapolis, MN 55401

10. Sea Change

818 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415
The bar at this downtown restaurant is kind of strangely separate from the rest of the space, but if you find yourself in need of a bite, you can get deals on caramel corn, calamari, bouillabaisse, wings, clams, and shrimp cocktail, plus a $6 pineapple martini or a $5 drink with 2 Gingers Whiskey or Prairie Vodka.
818 S 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN 55415

11. Aster Cafe

121 Main St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Sit on the river (or very near the river) and enjoy a $6 special seasonal cocktail, plus $4 cheese plates and $7 flatbreads. The Aster's happy hour runs from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 p.m.-midnight on Sundays.
121 Main St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

12. Masu Sushi & Robata

330 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Shochu gummi sours are $6 during this Northeast spot's happy hour, plus specials on seemingly all the food you could want, from robata to ramen. Happy hour runs from 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 p.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday, and 9-11 p.m. on Sundays.
330 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414

13. Red Stag Supperclub

509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Kim Bartmann's Northeast supper club offers $4 select cocktails and late night food specials Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday 10 p.m.-close, and Sundays from 3 p.m. to close (yes, that's all afternoon and evening on Sunday).
509 1st Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

14. Salut Bar Americain

917 Grand Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105
The only cocktail on Salut's happy hour is a "business time martini," but when a martini is $5, what else do you need? There's also $2 oysters and $2-$7 small plates. Happy hour runs from 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 p.m.-midnight on Friday and Saturday.
917 Grand Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105

15. Meritage, a Brasserie

410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Happy hour at this downtown St. Paul spot runs from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, offering up $5 cocktails, 2 for $4 oysters, and lots more options.
410 Saint Peter St
Saint Paul, MN 55102

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