Top 10 happy hours in the Twin Cities

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Cocktails at Eat Street Social
After about 4 p.m., especially toward the end of the work week, people in offices and schools and hospitals and roller rinks everywhere start to get that...socializing itch. Happily, there are plenty of happy hour spots around town where comrades and co-workers can go and get that itch scratched -- places where the food is deep-fried, the booze is free-flowing, the taps are plentiful, and everything is cheap for a limited time only. 

We did our research and compiled a list based on overall value, range of options, and whether you can actually leave work at the usual time and still get your drink order in before the specials are over (a.k.a. happy hours that go past 5 p.m.) Here are our top 10 favorite happy hours in the Twin Cities.

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10. Victor's 1959 Cafe - 3756 Grand Ave. S., Minneapolis
Hours: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. (yes, that's right) to 10:30 a.m. and Tuesday to Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Highlights: Introducing the concept of breakfast happy hour to the Kingfield neighborhood is just the first of Victor's many worthy contributions, but their tropical mimosas made with guava, mango, or guanabana juice (which tastes like a strawberry-banana hybrid) for just $4 are possibly their greatest. The $4 sake Bloody Marys are a close second. They don't have a full liquor license at Victor's, but the $4 wines by the glass and tap beers at the evening happy hour, which goes a half hour later than standard, certainly suffice. 

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9. Blue Door Pub St. Paul - 1811 Selby Ave., St. Paul
Hours: Every day from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Highlights: Blue Door is the exception to our after 5 p.m. rule, mainly because the $2 tap beers they serve at their earlier happy hour are hard to beat, especially in the area and especially for such a robust beer list. They also have $2 fries or tots to go with them and $5 wine if you're not into beer. The late-night happy hour block features $3 tap beers, $5 wine, and a fuller food menu with items ranging from $2 to $5.50.

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8. Pat's Tap - 3510 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis
Hours: Monday to Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday to Thursday from 10 p.m. to close. 

Highlights: Pat's has $2 off rail drinks, house wine, and tap beer, but the main reason we like to come here, especially late night, is for the $5 bowl of garlicky steamed mussels, crispy fried spears of dill pickle, and a side of buttermilk dressing, and latke-like zucchini cakes with aioli. If your schedule makes you more of a day drinker, it's worth noting that Pat's has two-for-one Bloody Marys every weekday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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Jordan Alyssa Cobb
Jordan Alyssa Cobb

You're right, so 2014. Next list to tackle: top 10 places for man buns

Yoga Center of Minneapolis
Yoga Center of Minneapolis

How about a little Happy Hour Yoga?! Come visit us Tuesdays & Thursdays at 4:30 for an $8 class :)

Erin Barnes
Erin Barnes

next list to tackle: top 10 places for french fries

Amy Bihari
Amy Bihari

Grayson Bauer may go there with your brother ? Maybe me in a year lol

Jay Hanson
Jay Hanson

Rudolophs has one if the best happy hours anywhere and nobody ever talks about it. Half price apps from 4-7 and again from 10-12. Rib tips for under 6 bucks, Cmon!?...Great beer selection with 2-4-1s on beer and I think rail drinks are 2-4-1s also.

JoAnn Grijalva
JoAnn Grijalva

They do know their drinks!!! I love Stella's and the Monte Carlo for wings

Andrew Mostovoy
Andrew Mostovoy

How can anyone or anything be "happy" in -9,000 degrees?

helloyes
helloyes

Lyle's is good if you like an internet jukebox with an entirely white rap section

Jonathan Spear
Jonathan Spear

YES I love that place! Also we don't go to The Lowry enough!

Amber Skorich
Amber Skorich

Jonathan Spear Varun Pandit we need to add Eat Street Social to our HH places

Katie Jensen
Katie Jensen

Mill Valley Kitchen. Spill the Wine. Chino.

Jason Clifford
Jason Clifford

Cowboy Jacks: 3-6 & 10-12. Half price apps and $2 you call its. And the $5 2lb bucket of wings on game days is a winner too.

Scott Bergmann
Scott Bergmann

Great Waters Brewing Company in St. Paul! $2.50 pints of craft beer every weekday 3-6pm and 10pm to close.

Tracy Brown
Tracy Brown

You forgot The Dog House Bar and Grill that has 2 for 1's all day on Sundays

Katie Jacob
Katie Jacob

Ray Js Woodbury or Minneapolis !!!!!!

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