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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.
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.
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.
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.