Top 10 happy hours in the Twin Cities

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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.

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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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44 comments
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 !!!!!!

Maija Boitman McKeown
Maija Boitman McKeown

Chelsie Flickinger Angela Stanton Alison Nickels Angela Ostley Ashley Lockwood, we should knock each of these down for happy hour!

Jay Hanson
Jay Hanson

Rudolphs! Half off Rib Tips! Great micro brew selection. Head back and try it out.

Kevin Griser
Kevin Griser

It's almost hump day, so had to share. Even the local Blue door made the list. Is your favorite on the list?

DeEtte Theisen
DeEtte Theisen

Haute Dish -- best $10 in the Twin Cities is the burger, fries & choice of several nice beers! But get there before 6.

Jaime Laine
Jaime Laine

Chianti Grill! The Margarita Flat-bread is so good!

Debra Beam Allen
Debra Beam Allen

Wish I was there. I'd go to every one of them with my wonderful Matthew- mans.

corellcleef
corellcleef

I can barely fit my d**k into The Blue Door.

Yess Yoga
Yess Yoga

We love Little Tijuana! Best People, Deals, and Drinks

Jessi Brennan
Jessi Brennan

LOVE weekend pour-your-own bloodies at the Wild Onion...for $3.50!

Kurt Kiffmeyer
Kurt Kiffmeyer

Bloomington Eagles # 3208 Super good prices on Happy Hour !!!

Kenny Peterson
Kenny Peterson

Ha! Like there has ever been a doubt. Lyle's has served half-priced and discounted drinks not to mention a very appealing bar-fare menu for over 70 hours a week for decades, and run a tight, no-nonsense ship. Plus, the staff is very friendly, professional and attractive - all factors that bring in new customers and keep them coming back.

Bill Gurney
Bill Gurney

somewhere back in wisconsin because minnesota sucks

luke107
luke107

I love the City Pages, but my one gripe would be that you seem to forget that the suburbs exist. Just once I would like to see one of these top ten lists include something south of the river.

Stephanie Ritenour
Stephanie Ritenour

We like happy hour at Moscow on the Hill quite a bit. It's a little different.

corellcleef
corellcleef

Somewhere back in Wisconsin, mass incest is happening daily. Fat boy.

Mayo
Mayo

@luke107 It's called the "City Pages", not "Suburbs Pages"

luke107
luke107

@Mayo@luke107I would also add, by your logic, they should not be allowed to cover Minneapolis and Saint Paul until they change their name to Cities Pages.

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