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September 12, 2011
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Our picks for great happy hour specials 

Perturbed by a cranky co-worker? Stressed about a looming deadline? Have no fear — there’s always happy hour. Now’s the time to savor every last chance we have to enjoy outdoor dining, too. Here are several happy hour deals to check out in Journal land.

1110 Nicollet Mall

Watch some lawn bowling on Brit’s outdoor deck while sampling some happy hour specials. From 4:30-6:30 p.m. during the weekday, the pub has appetizers priced at $5.95 and beer and wine are $4. The artichoke and spinach dip are a crowd pleaser, as are the chicken wings coated in Guinness and Hoison sauce. Feeling adventurous? Try the Scotch Eggs — deep-fried hard boiled eggs wrapped in banger sausage and bread crumbs. There’s a late-night happy hour, too, from 10 p.m. to midnight.

825 Hennepin Ave. S.

Crave, Downtown’s newest rooftop hotspot, has $4-$6 drink and appetizer specials during its happy hour (Monday–Friday, 3–6 p.m.). The $4 appetizer menu includes sushi rolls, a mini burger, edamame, pita and hummus and fries. For $5, you can get specialty sushi rolls, mini pizzas, baked cheese penne, a mini pulled pork sandwich or tasty Korean chicken nuggets tossed in sweet and spicy miso. Couple of highlights on the $6 menu include a Kogi beef taco and tempura walleye fingers. Drink deals during happy hour cover a range of beers, wine and rail drinks.

16 N. 6th St.

Gluek’s is one of downtown’oldest bars and a favorite destination for happy hour. It runs from 2–6 p.m. during the weekdays. For $4, you can get a tap beer, glass of wine or a cocktail. For the same price, you can order the following appetizers: a Mediterranean plate, mozzarella sticks, chips and salsa, chicken wings, fries, chicken fingers, two sliders or quesadillas. (Oh, and if you’re feeling wild, jello shots are always $2.)

The Depot Tavern
17 N. 7th St.

If you’re looking for a quick snack before a show at First Avenue, head to the Depot Tavern. The nightclub owns the restaurant/bar, which is located next to the club’s 7th Street Entry. The bar’s name pays tribute to First Avenue’s predecessar in its space — a greyhound bus station. Happy hour is 3–6 p.m. and midnight to 2 a.m. Deals include $3 domestic tap beers, well drinks and house wine, $4 import tap beers and half-priced small bites. The Depot has all kinds of fried potato treats served up with special sauces, such as caramelized onion ketchup, café aioli and Sriracha mayo. Other small bites include deep-fried cayenne cheese curds and five-spice braised pork belly spring rolls.

8th Street Grill
800 Marquette Ave

Why not an enjoy a happy hour for seven days straight? If you’re up for the challenge, consider heading to the 8th Street Grill. The restaurant/bar offers drink and food specials every day. During the weekdays from 3 p.m–7 p.m., tap beers start at $3.75, appetizers are $2 off and glasses of wine are $1 off. The daily deals are as follows: Monday, 2 for 1 cocktails all night; Tuesday, $2.75 for a pint of whatever the wheel lands on for half an hour and 35 cent buffalo wings; Wednesday, $3 glasses of house wines, one-half price bottles of wine; Thursday, $4.50 margaitas and $1 pork tacos; Friday, $5 jumbo Long Islands and $7.99 pitcher specials; Saturday and Sunday, happy hour deals run all day — $2 off appetizers, $1 off glasses of house wine and tap beers go for $3.75 a pint or $4.25 a pint.  

The Public House
700 Washington Ave. N.

The Public House is the new kid on the block on Washington in the North Loop. The craft beer and wine bar has moved into the space formerly home to the North Washington Cafe in the Tower Lofts building. The happy hour is 3–6:30 p.m. Deals include $5 off a bottle of wine, $3 for house wine, $4 taps and $2 off big bottles of beer. Food deal highlights include $1 off tacos, $3 for sweet potato fries and $3 for two loaded potato boats.

Wilde Roast Cafe
65 Main St. SE

Wilde Roast has settled into its new home in Riverplace. If you’re looking for a great place to unwind by the river, this is a great venue. Happy hour runs 3:30–6:30 p.m., Monday–Friday. Deals include half priced beer, wine and appetizers. Highlights on the app menu include crab cakes served with lemon dill aioli, three little pigs (BBQ sliders), baked brie with caramelized onion and truffled tator tots.

Ginger Hop
201 E. Hennepin Ave.

At Ginger Hop, happy hour runs 3–6 p.m., Sunday–Friday, and 10 p.m. to midnight, Monday–Thursday. There are deals on several appetizers, including $4 satays. The beef satay is grilled and marinated in Guinness. You can also order chicken, walleye and a pickle satay. Springs rolls go for $3 and there are deals on burgers and salads, too. Beer, wine and house cocktails range from $2–$5.

Sample Room
2124 Marshall St. NE

The Sample Room is a Northeast gem on Marshall. Happy hour is 3–6 p.m., Monday–Friday and the late night happy hour is 10 p.m.–midnight, Sunday–Thursday. The specials are $1.50 Grainbelt beers, $3 taps, rails, wine and many appetizers, including a mini burger, hummus and bleu cheese and bacon nachos.

Grumpy’s Northeast
2200 4th St. NE

You won’t be grumpy
for long if you visit Grumpy’s Northeast during happy hour. It runs 2–6 p.m. during the week. The deal is $1 off taps, bottles and cocktails. There are other fun deals, too. On Minnesota Mondays, local beers are half price from 5–9 p.m. On Tuesdays, the bar has a hot dish happy hour. It’s a buck a bowl. The bar also has special trivia nights and bingo.  

Moose on Monroe
356 Monroe St. NE

The Moose on Monroe has everything you’d want in a solid NE bar — karaoke, poker, DJs and of course, a meat raffle. There’s
a breakfast special 8 a.m.–2 p.m. that includes steak and eggs, toast and hash browns. Happy hour is 3–7 p.m. Domestic bottles and rail drinks are $2.25 and all other drinks are $1 off. Monday is taco night (three tacos for $2.50) and fajitas are $9.99 on Thursday nights.

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