DOWNTOWN HAPPY HOURS: The Skyway News guide

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May 30, 2005 // UPDATED 1:55 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Compiled by Nicholas Forte and Robyn Repya
Compiled by Nicholas Forte and Robyn Repya</i>

Click here for a PDF of Skyway News\' complete guide to Downtown happy hours, current as of May 23.

There's no free lunch - but if you're a Happy Hour pub crawler, there is free food and cheap drinks all over Downtown.

From places that extend Happy Hour into lunchtime or into the wee hours, Skyway News has compiled the most complete, timely guide to bargain booze and discount foodstuffs that can help shake off the daily grind.

In addition to specific listings, we've also included a "time chart" of Happy Hours that occur before or after the traditional 3-6 p.m. slot.

Arone's Bar
500 Central Ave. SE, 623-3245
Happy hours: Monday-Thursday, 3-6 p.m.
Drink deals: $2 tap beer, $2.50 rail drinks, domestic bottles and "surprise" beer specials.

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar
600 Hennepin Ave. S. (Block E), 332-5255
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. and after 9 p.m. daily.
Drink deals: $1 off drinks.
Food deal: two-for-one appetizers after 9 p.m.

Bar Lurcat
1624 Harmon Pl., 486-5500, www.cafelurcat.com
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Drink deals: half-priced tap beer and rail drinks.

Barfly
711 Hennepin Ave. S., 333-6100, www.barflyminneapolis.com
Happy hours: Wednesday all night, Thursday until 11 p.m., Friday 8-11 p.m.
Drink deals: Wednesday, $3 kamikazes; Thursdays two-for-one drinks, Friday, two-for-one martinis (8-10 p.m.) and $2 shot specials (11 p.m.).

Boom!
401 E. Hennepin Ave. , 378-3188
Happy hours: Monday-Sunday, 4-7 p.m.
Drink deals: $1 off beers, $2 off wine

and cocktails

Brass Rail
422 Hennepin Ave. S., 333-3016
Happy hours: daily, noon-8 p.m.
Drink deals: domestic beer for $2.25.

Brit's Pub
1110 Nicollet Mall,332-3908, www.britspub.com
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m.
Special: $10 select beer pitcher/appetizer combo.

Brothers Bar & Grill
430 1st Ave. N., 339-4240
Happy hours: Monday-Saturday, 3-8 p.m.
Special: Two-for-one drinks and free appetizer buffet on Thursday and Friday.

Bunker's
761 Washington Ave. N., 338-8188, www.bunkersmusic.com
Happy hours: daily, 3-7 p.m.
Drink deals: $2.25 bottled beer and up to $2.75 drinks.

Champp's
100 N. 6th St., 335-5050
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 4-6:30 p.m.
Drink deal: $1 off drinks.
Food deals: various appetizer specials.

Chevy's Fresh Mex
701 Hennepin Ave. S., 333-3355
Happy hours: daily, 3-6 p.m.
Drink deals: half-priced margaritas, beer and well drinks.
Food deals: half-priced appetizers.

City Billiards
25 N. 4th St., 338-2255, www.citybilliards.com
Happy hours: Sunday, 6-11 p.m.;
Tuesday-Thursday, 3-8 p.m. and Friday, 3-6 p.m.
Drink deals: $2.50 taps and $2.75 well drinks.
Added Bonus: free pool during happy hours (Tuesday-Friday).

Conga Latin Bistro
501 E. Hennepin Ave., 331-3360
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 5-7 p.m.
Drink deals: two-for-one drinks.
Food deal: half-priced appetizer.

Copeland's of New Orleans
2 S. 7th St. (City Center), 341-2445, www.copelands.net
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.
Drink deal: buy one, get one martini free.

Cuzzy's
507 Washington Ave. N., 339-6211, www.cuzzys.com
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m.
Drink deals: deep discounts.

Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant
1010 Nicollet Mall, www.dakotacooks.com, 332-1010
Happy hours: daily, 4-6 p.m.
Drink deals: $3 tap beers, well drinks, house wines and $6 special martinis.
Food deal: half-priced bar food menu.

D'Amico & Sons
555 Nicollet Mall, 342-2700
Happy hours: daily, 10 a.m.-noon.
Drink deals: refillable wine glass.

Dan Kelly's Bar & Grill
2112 S. 7th St., 333-2644
Happy hours: Monday-Thursday, 4-6 p.m., Friday goes until 10 p.m.
Drink deals: $2 and $3 well drinks (Friday only).
Food deal: half-off appetizers.

The District
430 1st Ave. N., 333-2739
Happy hours: daily, 4-6 p.m.
Food deal: free buffet on Fridays (4-6 p.m.).

Drink
26 N. 5th St., 659-9000
Happy hours: Monday-Saturday, 4-7 p.m.
Drink deal: half-priced drinks and appetizers.

8th Street Grill
800 Marquette Ave., 349-5717
Happy hours: daily, 3-7 p.m.
Drink deals: $2 well drinks, $1 off tap drinks, in addition to various daily food/drink specials.

Eli's Bar & Grill
1225 Hennepin Ave. S., 332-9997
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m.
Drink deals: $1 off drinks.

Euphoria
319 1st Ave. N., 339-1968, www.euphoriamn.com
Happy hours: daily until 10 p.m.
Drink deals: two-for-one rail drinks and domestic beers.

Fine Line
318 1st Ave. N., 338-8100, www.finelinemusic.com
Happy hours: daily, 8-9 p.m. and 1-2 a.m. (nonticketed shows only).
Drink deals: rail drinks $3.50, $3 High Life and MGD Light.

Fire Lake Grill House and Cocktail Bar
35 S. 7th St., 216-3473
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 4-6:30 p.m.
Food deals: $1.99 appetizers, half-price
on some entrees with a regular-priced cocktail.

GameWorks
600 Hennepin Ave. S. (Block E), 656-7300, www.gameworks.com
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 4-7 p.m.
Drink deals: half-priced drinks
Food and fun deals: half-priced appetizers and games.

Gay '90s
408 Hennepin Ave. S., 333-7755, www.gay90s.com
Happy hours: Monday-Saturday,
8 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 a.m.
Drink deals: various drink specials.

Gluek's Restaurant
16 N. 6th St., 338-6621, www.glueks.com
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.
Drink deals: $2 Gluek's pints & bottles, $2.50 house wine and well drinks
Food deals: $2 appetizers.

Goodfellow's
341-4800, 40 S. 7th St.
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 2 p.m.-close
Drink deal: special menu.

Grumpy's Bar and Grill
1111 Washington Ave. S., 340-9738, www.grumpysbar.com
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 3-7 p.m.
Drink deal: $1 off all drinks
Food deals: $1 off all appetizers; 25-cent wings.

Hard Rock Caf
600 Hennepin Ave. S. (Block E), 343-8081
Happy hours: Sunday-Thursday, 4-7 p.m.
Drink deals: half-off rail drinks.
Food deals: half-off appetizers.

Harvey's Bar & Grill
106 N. 3rd St., 343-5930, www.harveysmpls.com
Happy hours: Daily, 4-7 p.m.
Drink deal: $1 off all drinks.
Food deal: free appetizers bar.

Hubert's Bar and Restaurant
601 Chicago Ave., 332-6062
Happy hours: Daily, 3-8 p.m.
Drink deals: $2.25 taps.

Ichiban
1333 Nicollet Mall, 339-0540, www.ichiban.ca
Happy hours: Daily, 4:30-6 p.m.
Drink deals: none.
Food deals: all-you-can-eat sushi bar, $22.

Ike's
50 S. 5th St., 746-4537, www.ilikeikes.com
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m.
Drink deals: $1.95 domestic taps, well drinks.
Food deals: various appetizer specials.

Imperial Room
417 1st Ave. N., 376-7676, www.imperialroom.com
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 3:30-8 p.m.; Saturday, 5-8 p.m.
Drink deals: half-off rails, champagne cocktails and rail drinks; $3 beer and $5 classic or specialty cocktails.

J.D. Hoyt's Steakhouse
301 Washington Ave. N., 338-1560, www.jdhoyts.com
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 3:30-6 p.m.
Deals: $1.99 tap beers.

J. J.'s Dry Dock
401 N. 3rd St. (Designer's Guild Building), 746-5064
Happy hours: Wednesday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.
Drink deals: $2 draft beers $5 Margaritas.
Food deal: $1 specials - Wednesday, mini-BBQ sandwich; Thursday, tacos; Friday $1 hot dogs.

Jetset Bar
115 N. 1st St., 339-3933
Happy hours: Tuesday-Friday, 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, 6-9 p.m.
Drink deal: discount drink prices.
Food deal: if you mention Skyway News, there's a food discount.

Joe's Garage
1610 Harmon Pl., 904-1163, www.joes-garage.com
Happy hours: Monday-Sunday, 4-6 p.m. and 10 p.m.-midnight.
Drink deals: two-for-ones on Summit, rail drinks and house wine.

Loring Park Coffee House and Wine Bar
1301 Harmon Place, 332-9094
Happy hour: Monday-Friday 4-6 p.m.
Drink deal: $1 off a glass of wine or beer.

Keegan's Irish Pub and Restaurant
16 University Ave. NE, 252-0880, www.keeganspub.com
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.
Drink deals: half-priced selected foreign and domestic pints.

Kieran's Irish Pub
330 2nd Ave. S., 339-4499, www.kierans.com
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Food deals: $4 appetizer menu, including fish and chips.

King and I Thai
1346 LaSalle Ave., 332-6928, www.kingandithai.com
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 4:30-6 p.m.
Drink deals: $3 domestic bottles, $4 cocktails, $5 martinis and house wine.

Lee's Liquor Lounge
101 Glenwood Ave., 338-9491
Happy half-hours: Monday-Friday, 5-5:30 p.m.

Little Wagon
420 S. 4th St., 332-4418
Happy hours: 4:30 p.m. until whenever it runs out.
Food deals: Meats and cheeses are sometimes offered free of charge.


The Local
931 Nicollet Mall, 904-1000
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Drink deals: $1.50 off pints, rail drinks and house wine.
Food deals: half-priced appetizers.

Lone Tree Bar & Grill
528 Hennepin Ave. S., 338-1730
Happy hours: Daily, 4-7 p.m.
Drink deal: $2 off drinks and beers
Food deals: $4 appetizers.

The Loon Caf
500 1st Ave. N., 332-8342
Happy hours: daily, 4-6:30 p.m.
Drink deals: $1 off beer, wine and drinks; $2.50 margaritas.
Food deals: half-priced appetizers.
Happy hour deals are not in effect during Target Center events.

Lyon's Pub
16 S. 6th St., 333-6612, www.lyonspub.com
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 4:30-7 p.m.
Drink deals: $1 off all taps and "bar pour" highballs.
Food deal: half-priced appetizers.

Mackenzie
918 Hennepin Ave. S., 333-7268
Happy hours: Monday-Thursday 3-6 p.m., Friday 3-5 p.m. and Sunday 10 p.m.-midnight.
Specials: drink tickets are distributed, and drinks can be full price, half price or $1 off.

Market BBQ
1414 Nicollet Ave., 872-1111
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m.
Drink deals: $1 off drinks in bar
Food deals: half-priced appetizers on Mondays.

Martini Blu
615 2nd Ave. S.,752-9595, www.martiniblu.com
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 4-7 p.m.
Drink deals: special drink deals daily.
Food deals: special "happy" food.

Maxwell's American Pub
1201 Washington Ave. S., 338-1980
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 3-7 p.m.
Drink deals: $1 off cocktails and beer.
Food deal: half-priced appetizers.

McCormick & Schmick's
800 Nicollet Mall, 338-3300
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.
Food deal: $1.95 appetizer menu.

Mell's Beauty Bar
606 Washington Ave. N., 338-1680
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 4-8 p.m.
Indulgent Happy Hour: $15 buys a drink and chair massage or manicure.

Melting Pot
80 S. 9th St., 338-9900
Happy hours: Sunday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.
Drink deals: $2.50 domestic beers, $3.50 import beers, $1 off well drinks and wine by the glass.
Food deals: special bar appetizer menu.

Minneapolis Eagle
515 Washington Ave. S., 338-4214
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Drink deals: 50-cents off all drinks.

Mission American Kitchen and Bar
80 S. 8th St., 339-1000
Happy hours: Monday- Friday 4-6 p.m.
Specials: $3 tap beer, $3.50 well drinks and $1 off premium beer.

Morton's of Chicago
555 Nicollet Mall, 673-9700
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 5-7 p.m.
Drink deals: $4 martinis
(Monday and Tuesday only).
Food deals: free steak sandwiches.

Murray's Restaurant and Lounge
26 S. 6th St., 339-0909, www.murraysrestaurant.com
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 3-7 p.m.
Drink deal: $1 off all drinks.

Nami
251 1st Ave. N., 333-1999, www.namisushi.com
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 5-7 p.m.
Drink deals: $3 domestic bottles; $3 rail, imports, house wine and sake, plus $4.50 martinis.
Food deals: $2 to $4.50 food, sushi.

New Delhi
1400 Nicollet Ave., 813-0000
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 4-7 p.m.; daily, 10 p.m.-1 a.m.
Drink deals: $4 martinis, 2-for-1 domestic taps, $1 off all cocktails, $2 selected cocktails (late night) and half off wine bottles.
Food deals: half-priced appetizers
(Monday-Friday, 5-7 p.m.).

The Newsroom
990 Nicollet Mall, 343-0073
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 3:30-6:30 p.m.; Sunday 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Drink deals: $3 taps, rail drinks (daily) and glass of wine (Monday-Friday).
Food deals: appetizer menu.

Nochee
500 Washington Ave. S., 344-7000
Happy hour: Monday-Thursday 3-7 p.m.
Specials: $4 UV martinis, $4 chardonnay and cabernet wine, $1 off tap and bottle beers, plus a reduced price bar
food menu.

Nye's Polonaise Room
112 E. Hennepin Ave., 379-2021, www.nyespolonaise.com
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Drink deals: Various specials on beer, martinis and well drinks.

O'Donovan's Irish Pub
700 1st Ave. N., 317-8896
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.
(Target center event nights, Happy Hour is done at 5 p.m.).
Drink deals: $3 house beer and select wines, plus $4 drafts.

Old Chicago
508 1st Ave. N., 338-8686, www.oldchicago.com
Happy hours: daily, 3-6 p.m. and
Sunday-Thursday 10 p.m.-midnight
Drink deals: reduced-priced cocktails and beer.
Food deals: appetizer specials.

Old Spaghetti Factory
233 Park Ave., 341-0949
During every Twins home game, they offer $2 beers.

Origami
30 N. 1st St., 333-8430, www.origamirestaurant.com
Happy Hours: Monday-Thursday, 5-7 p.m.
Drink deal: $2.50 beer.
Food deal: special appetizer menu.

Palomino
825 Hennepin Ave. S., 339-3800
Happy hours: daily, 3-6 p.m.
Drink deals: $5 martini selection
Food deals: $4.95-$6.95 appetizers, burgers and salads.

Pizza Luc
119 N. 4th St., 333-7359, www.pizzaluce.com
Happy hours: daily, 4-7 p.m.
Drink deals: half-priced well drinks
and taps.

Pizza Nea
306 E. Hennepin Ave., 331-9298, www.pizzanea.com
Happy hours: Tuesday all day.
Special: half off a bottle of wine with the purchase of two pizzas.

Pracna on Main
117 SE Main St., 379-3200, www.stanthonymain.com
Happy hours: daily, 9-11 p.m.
Drink deals: $2 tap and bottled beer.

Refuge Bar & Grill
430 1st Ave. N., 338-1926
Happy hours: Monday-Thursday, 4-6 p.m.; Friday, 4-10 p.m.; and Saturday, 8-10 p.m.
Drink deals: $1 off drinks (Monday-Thursday).

Rick's Cabaret
300 S. 3rd St., 321-0488
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.
Drink deals: $1.75 cocktails.
Food deals: half-priced appetizers.


Rock Bottom Brewery
800 LaSalle Ave., 332-2739
Happy hours: Weekdays, 3-6 p.m.
Drink deals: half-priced pints.
Food deals: $1.95-$3.95 appetizers.

Rosen's Bar and Grill
430 1st Ave. N., 338-1926
Happy hours: $1 off drinks and beer, $2 off wine Monday-Thursday 4-6 p.m.; $2 bottle and tap beer, $2-$3 drinks on Friday 4-10 p.m. and Saturday 8-10 p.m. (not valid on event nights).
Food deal: half-priced appetizers during happy hours.

Rossi's Blue Star Room
90 S. 9th St., 312-2828, www.bluestarjazz.com
Happy hours: daily, 4-8 p.m.
Drink deals: two-for-one drinks.
Food deals: 2-6 p.m., $2 to $6 food menu in the tavern.

Salsa a la Salsa
1420 Nicollet Ave., 813-1970
Happy hours: Monday-Thursday, 3-6 p.m.
Drink deals: two-for-one margaritas, beers and wine.

Sapor Caf-Bar
428 Washington Ave. N., 375-1971, www.saporcafe.com
Happy hours: Monday-Thursday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5-11 p.m.
Drink deal: $5.50 featured wines.
Food deals: $2 to $4 food specials.

Sawatdee
122 N. 4th St., 373-0840, www.sawatdee.com
Happy hour: Monday-Thursday, 4-6 p.m. and 10-11 p.m.
Drink deals: $3 taps.
Food deals: $3 appetizers.

Shout House
600 Hennepin Ave. S. (Block E)
338-6777
Happy hours: Tuesday-Thursday 7-9 p.m. (pianos start 8 p.m.), Friday-Saturday 5-6:30pm (pianos start 6 p.m.)
Drink deals: two-for-one tap beer, $3 call drinks, $5 specialty martini.

Solera
900 Hennepin Ave. S., 338-0062
Happy hour: Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.
Drink deals: half-priced glass of sangria; beers and $2 off cocktails.
Food deals: discounted appetizers.

Starlite Lounge and The Elbow Room
212 E. Hennepin Ave., 623-3301
Happy hours: Monday-Saturday, 4-7 p.m.
Drink deals: two-for-one on well drinks, taps and Rolling Rock bottles.
Food deal: two-for-one appetizers in
Starlite Lounge.

T.G.I. Friday's
615 Hennepin Ave. S., 305-1915
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. and Monday-Saturday, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Drink deal: half-priced rail drinks and domestic beers.

Tiburon
1201 Harmon Pl., 604-0585
Happy hours: Monday-Saturday, 4-6 p.m.
Drink deals: $2.50 taps, $4 margaritas, daiquiris and sangria.
Sort-of Drink deal: two-for-one nonalcoholic libations.
Food deal: half-priced appetizers.

Times Bar and Caf
201 E. Hennepin Ave., 617-8098, www.timesbarandcafe.com
Happy hours: daily, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Drink deals: two-for-one rail drinks, select beer and house wine, $1 off other drinks.
Food deal: half-priced selected appetizers.

Urban Wildlife Bar
331 2nd Ave. S., 339-4665
Happy Hours: Monday-Friday, 4-7 p.m.
Drink deals: $2 domestic tap beers.
Food deals: once the kitchen is remodeled.

Vic's Restaurant
201 SE Main St., 312-2000, www.vicsdining.com
Happy hours: Monday-Friday, 4-6:30 p.m.
Drink deals: $4 martinis, featured wine; $3 premium rail pours.
Food deal: $5 featured appetizer.

Wilde Roast Caf
518 E. Hennepin Ave., 331-4544, www.wilderoastcafe.com
Happy hours: Sunday and Monday after 2 p.m.
Specials: two-for-one bottles of wine.

Y'all Come Back Saloon
830 Hennepin Ave. S., 332-0835
Happy hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Drink deals: $2.50 rail drinks and domestic beer.

Note - we checked, but the following places don't have happy hours: 112 Eatery, Babalu, Bev's Wine Bar, Buca, Bellanotte, Bobino, Caf Havana, Capitol Grille, Escape Ultra Lounge, Manny's Steakhouse, Monte Carlo, Nicollet Island Inn, Oceanaire the Seafood Room, Olive Garden, Ping's, Runyon's, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Sawatdee on Washington Avenue and Nicollet Mall, Taxxi, Vincent A Restaurant, Whitey's World Famous Saloon and Zelo.

We received no response from: Bombay Bistro, Terminal Bar and Tropix Beach Club.

Did we miss you? If your bar is in Downtown, or across the river between Central and 1st avenues northeast, drop us a note at dbrauer@skywaynews.net We'll include you when we update the Happy Hour guide at www.skywaynews.net or in a future edition of the paper.