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Readers Vote: 12 Favorite Mpls Restaurant Happy Hours

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Last week, we asked for reader's favorite restaurant happy hours in the Twin Cities. (We already got readers' favorite bar happy hours right here.)

Here now are the results: a map presenting 12 Favorite Restaurant Happy Hours in the Twin Cities, in roughly geographic order. Some were touted for expansive HH food menus or extensive hours; others garnered fans thanks to fun post-work crowds and mind-numbingly cheap booze.

Is this list missing your favorite restaurant hour? Add it to the comments.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Lowbrow

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4244 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 208-0720
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Happy hour runs 2 - 5 p.m. and 9 - close on weekdays at this Kingfield spot, with $3 beer, wine, and sangria, and half-price nachos.

2. Blackbird

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3800 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 823-4790
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Weekday happy hour at this Kingfield restaurant is early, early: Mon - Sat, 2 - 5 p.m. But the late-night makes up for it by starting at 9 pm (Mon - Thurs, 9 pm - midnight). Both offer $3 off tap beers (a great selection) and wine, plus a $5 grassfed hamburger or cheeseburger.

3. Bryant-Lake Bowl & Theater

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810 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 825-3737
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A commenter writes: "Late night happy hour at Bryant Lake Bowl is fun because hello, cheap drinks & bowling." The restaurant/bar/bowling alley/performance space features $2 late-night bowling from 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. Monday - Thursday, plus drink and food specials.

4. Rye Delicatessen

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1930 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 871-1200
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A commenter writes: "Rye Bar has an awesome happy hour twice a day, from 2-7 pm and 10 pm - 12 am. $3 select taps, $4 house wine and well drinks, and $5 cocktails, not to mention some tasty (cheap) snacks! They have poutine, people!! Also, for the cocktail drinkers out there, they squeeze the juice fresh for their drinks. =)" Happy hour poutine, people. Can you ask for more than that?

5. Barrio Tequila Bar

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925 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 333-9953
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The Barrio happy hour features $5 Barrio margaritas and...lots of other stuff. Do you really care, when there are $5 margaritas? It runs from 3 - 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. - midnight, Monday - Friday.

6. Smack Shack

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603 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 259-7288
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The newish Smack Shack brick n' mortar just added a happy hour menu that got multiple votes, including this very well-informed description: "The new Smack Shack at 603 N. Washington in the North Loop by far has the best happy hour! Smack wings, mahi tacos, bacon mac 'n cheese, oysters....what more could you want? Oh - discounted hurricanes - they have that too! Check it out!" Was it written by a Smack Shack employee or just a very devoted fan? We'll never know, but discounted hurricanes do sound pretty good.

7. Sample Room

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2124 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 789-0333
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A commenter writes: "Rarely too crowded, good drinks, good food, low light to allow for whatever chicanery you may have in mind. & Good people watching." $3 taps, rails, and wine, $2 Grain Belt, and eats including a daily quarter pounder, blue cheese and bacon nachos, and pickled walleye. 3 - 6 p.m. Monday - Friday, and 10 p.m. - midnight Sunday - Thursday.

8. Red Stag Supperclub

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509 1st Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 767-7766
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The Red Stag runs its happy hour from 3 p.m. - close every Sunday, which alone is pretty awesome. Other happy hour times: 3 - 6 p.m Monday - Friday, and 10 p.m. - close Monday - Thursday. $3 domestics and house wine, $4 select taps and cocktails.

9. The Bulldog Northeast

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401 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 378-2855
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A commenter writes: "The Bulldog NE has a great and bustling happy hour, with both food and drink specials." The hours themselves are a little less happy than some other places, with $1 off taps, rail drinks, and wines by the glass from 3-6 p.m. Mon - Thurs and 11 p.m. - 1 a.m. Sun - Thurs. There's also a limited food hh, with $2 off select appetizers from 3 - 6 p.m. Mon - Thurs and 10 p.m. - midnight Sun - Thurs.

10. Kafe 421

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421 14th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 623-4900
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Happy hour at Kafe 421 runs from 3-6 p.m., Monday - Friday and offers $3 house red or white wine and a featured beer for $3. There's also a long list of $5 happy hour appetizers, including calamari, baked feta cheese and artichoke dip, eggplant Milanese, and Greek meatballs.

11. Groveland Tap

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1834 Saint Clair Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 699-5058
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A commenter writes: "$2.50 Summits and they have a huuuge craft beer selection." Happy hour runs every day, from 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. - 1 a.m.. It also features $3-4 select taps and half off select appetizers.

12. Salut Bar Americain

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917 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 917-2345
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Salut has a daily happy hour from 3 - 6 p.m., and also a late-night happy hour from 10 p.m. - midnight on Friday and Saturday. $4 tap beers, a variety of well-priced small plates, and a $5 "business time martini" are on the menu, plus oysters. Plus patio.

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1. The Lowbrow

4244 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Happy hour runs 2 - 5 p.m. and 9 - close on weekdays at this Kingfield spot, with $3 beer, wine, and sangria, and half-price nachos.
4244 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409

2. Blackbird

3800 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Weekday happy hour at this Kingfield restaurant is early, early: Mon - Sat, 2 - 5 p.m. But the late-night makes up for it by starting at 9 pm (Mon - Thurs, 9 pm - midnight). Both offer $3 off tap beers (a great selection) and wine, plus a $5 grassfed hamburger or cheeseburger.
3800 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409

3. Bryant-Lake Bowl & Theater

810 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
A commenter writes: "Late night happy hour at Bryant Lake Bowl is fun because hello, cheap drinks & bowling." The restaurant/bar/bowling alley/performance space features $2 late-night bowling from 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. Monday - Thursday, plus drink and food specials.
810 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408

4. Rye Delicatessen

1930 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
A commenter writes: "Rye Bar has an awesome happy hour twice a day, from 2-7 pm and 10 pm - 12 am. $3 select taps, $4 house wine and well drinks, and $5 cocktails, not to mention some tasty (cheap) snacks! They have poutine, people!! Also, for the cocktail drinkers out there, they squeeze the juice fresh for their drinks. =)" Happy hour poutine, people. Can you ask for more than that?
1930 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

5. Barrio Tequila Bar

925 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402
The Barrio happy hour features $5 Barrio margaritas and...lots of other stuff. Do you really care, when there are $5 margaritas? It runs from 3 - 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. - midnight, Monday - Friday.
925 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402

6. Smack Shack

603 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401
The newish Smack Shack brick n' mortar just added a happy hour menu that got multiple votes, including this very well-informed description: "The new Smack Shack at 603 N. Washington in the North Loop by far has the best happy hour! Smack wings, mahi tacos, bacon mac 'n cheese, oysters....what more could you want? Oh - discounted hurricanes - they have that too! Check it out!" Was it written by a Smack Shack employee or just a very devoted fan? We'll never know, but discounted hurricanes do sound pretty good.
603 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401

7. Sample Room

2124 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
A commenter writes: "Rarely too crowded, good drinks, good food, low light to allow for whatever chicanery you may have in mind. & Good people watching." $3 taps, rails, and wine, $2 Grain Belt, and eats including a daily quarter pounder, blue cheese and bacon nachos, and pickled walleye. 3 - 6 p.m. Monday - Friday, and 10 p.m. - midnight Sunday - Thursday.
2124 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

8. Red Stag Supperclub

509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
The Red Stag runs its happy hour from 3 p.m. - close every Sunday, which alone is pretty awesome. Other happy hour times: 3 - 6 p.m Monday - Friday, and 10 p.m. - close Monday - Thursday. $3 domestics and house wine, $4 select taps and cocktails.
509 1st Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

9. The Bulldog Northeast

401 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414
A commenter writes: "The Bulldog NE has a great and bustling happy hour, with both food and drink specials." The hours themselves are a little less happy than some other places, with $1 off taps, rail drinks, and wines by the glass from 3-6 p.m. Mon - Thurs and 11 p.m. - 1 a.m. Sun - Thurs. There's also a limited food hh, with $2 off select appetizers from 3 - 6 p.m. Mon - Thurs and 10 p.m. - midnight Sun - Thurs.
401 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414

10. Kafe 421

421 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Happy hour at Kafe 421 runs from 3-6 p.m., Monday - Friday and offers $3 house red or white wine and a featured beer for $3. There's also a long list of $5 happy hour appetizers, including calamari, baked feta cheese and artichoke dip, eggplant Milanese, and Greek meatballs.
421 14th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

11. Groveland Tap

1834 Saint Clair Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105
A commenter writes: "$2.50 Summits and they have a huuuge craft beer selection." Happy hour runs every day, from 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. - 1 a.m.. It also features $3-4 select taps and half off select appetizers.
1834 Saint Clair Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105

12. Salut Bar Americain

917 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
Salut has a daily happy hour from 3 - 6 p.m., and also a late-night happy hour from 10 p.m. - midnight on Friday and Saturday. $4 tap beers, a variety of well-priced small plates, and a $5 "business time martini" are on the menu, plus oysters. Plus patio.
917 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105

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