Top 5 patio bars: Minneapolis and St. Paul
Once again it's the season when Minnesotans flock to restaurant patios and rooftops to enjoy the weather. And while food is critical in patio dining, at this time of year a refreshing drink and relaxed conversation can assume just as much importance. We took a look at the best spots in both Minneapolis and St. Paul that combined a great patio with a vibrant bar scene. The attributes that landed a restaurant on this list included the view, the vibe, and a restaurant's happy hour food and drink specials. Here's our list of the top 5 patio and rooftops bars on both sides of the river.
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ST. PAUL'S TOP 5
|W.A. Frost & Company's Patio Bar and Dining|
1. W.A. Frost & Company
The restaurant's patio is breathtaking, however happy hour is only available in the main bar and the garden bar area, as the majority of the patio is considered part of its dining area. Happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m., with discounts on featured cocktails and selected wine, beer, and appetizers.
The Irish pub has a great centralized location in downtown St. Paul with a patio bar and separate seating for the patio, which is great for groups. Happy hour drink specials run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except on event nights, with $1.50 off all pints and house rails, $1 off bottle beers, $3 to $5 for wines by the glass and cocktails, $10 on selected bottles of wines, and selected appetizers served from 2 to 6 p.m. daily.
|Moscow on the Hill patio during the fall season|
3. Moscow on the Hill
The restaurant's patio is small but cozy, with vine trellis plants that change colors with the seasons. The restaurant even provides blankets on chilly or rainy nights. The happy hour runs Monday through Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. (excluding holidays, holiday weekends, and special events) and includes selected appetizers, house wines, tap beers, and featured cocktails.
|Salut Bar Americain's patio has ample sunlight|
4. Salut Bar Americain
The restaurant has a large patio that gets lots of sunlight during the summer months. Their happy hour runs from 3 to 6 p.m. daily and late night from 10 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday. It includes $4 tap beers, well drinks, and house wines, selected small plates, and $1.95 oysters.
|Sweeney's Saloon and Cafe offers overhead heaters to keep patrons warm|