Happy hour at Hola Arepa: Killer food, cheap beer, and a charming patio

Categories: Cocktails

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Benjamin Carter Grimes
Snacks and drinks at Hola Arepa
You made it to the end of the week.

And now, to paraphrase the wisdom and conviction of the lady from the Watson's commercials: It's hot and you need a drink. So we at the Hot Dish have taken it upon ourselves to recommend a good happy hour.

To kick things off, we're outlining the best deals at a cheery little place with killer food and a nice neighborhood patio.

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Where: Hola Arepa's newish brick-and-mortar location right across the street from Pat's Tap, in a neighborhood that some people would refer to as Kingfield, but others would quibble is south Minneapolis.
When: There are two! Tuesday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday through Thursday from 10 p.m. to close. Hola is closed Mondays and doesn't do happy hour on Saturdays.
What's the vibe: Inside is a brightened up cantina, with mostly tables for two or four people but feel free to hang at the 4 seat outdoor mini bar or at the longer indoor one if you're rolling solo. The inside can get loud when it's full, but not overly so. This is more of a neighborhood restaurant than a post-work tie-loosener like the Local, so no one gets super wild. The sunny patio is charming and really makes for an ideal setting to enjoy Hola's house-bottled cocktails or the more challenging Hemingway, a group pass-around drink that you sip from a bong-like decorative vase. It's delicious.
What can I get to eat for $10 or less: A satisfying, savory slow-roasted pork arepa, topped with black beans and coitja is just $7; the divinely fluffy yucca fries with chimichuuri ailoi are $5; and chips with three housemade salsas and chunky guac is $8.50, to name a few items.
What can I drink for $5 or less: House red or white wine is $4 and tap beers are $3.50. The selection of beers is small but sophisticated: Fulton, Summit, Lift Bridge, and Bad Weather. There are more in bottles if this list is not up to snuff.
What is so good it's worth getting even though it's not on the happy hour menu: There are unfortunately no discounts on Hola's specialty cocktails....yet. But that has never stopped us from ordering one (or three) here at happy hour. The Miley-approved Wecking Ball is a combination of rhubarb shrub (an old-timey, vinegar-n-fruit syrup that's similar to a cordial), tequila, bonal (the hot aperitif of the moment), and citrus bitters, topped off with a shot of soda. It's as good as it sounds and communicates to your spirit, "you're refreshed!" while the tequila works its way into your system and tells your brain "you're ready to party!" To us, that's worth $8.50. Also, check out the insane corn chip ice cream sandwich.

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22 comments
Kelly McCann
Kelly McCann

Will you be chewing my food for me???????? :D

Jill McCallion
Jill McCallion

I heard this place is great! Magdalene Nitschke we should try itn out.

Erin Meadows
Erin Meadows

Ellen Moodie Count me in!! Been there a few times and so good

Ellen Moodie
Ellen Moodie

Who wants to go here with me?! Meghan Amanda Erin Lauren Kelly Vanessa Nicole ???

Cari Gregerson
Cari Gregerson

Brooke Mauzy we must go again. It was so yummy!!

carnemechada
carnemechada

Venezuelan here, and I should be thrilled about Hola Arepa. I ate there a couple weeks ago and while the arepas are unusually large...it was still an honest to god arepa. The only thing is I must agree with another commenter on the noise level. It was so skull-splitting loud in there that I found dining there to be really uncomfortable. They have to do something about their ambient noise levels. 

Sue Campbell
Sue Campbell

was on the patio last week. It was great

Stephanie Kloek
Stephanie Kloek

Allison Kloek might have to sneak it in when we go home!

Andrea Nucci
Andrea Nucci

Food and drinks are top notch and the patio is great however inside needs acoustical clouds in the WORST way, can't even hear yourself think in there let alone your dining partner :-/

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