The 11 Best Happy Hours in the Twin Cities

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Tony Nelson

Otherwise known as church to much of the barbarian public, happy hour is indeed the golden hour, the flush of relaxation to the bloodstream at the end of the workday. Whether yours ends at the actual golden hour of sunset or at 8 a.m., or you are an idle mogul with no clock to punch, everyone deserves an hour of happiness. We've assembled 11 of the best.

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Dunn Bros' Micro Cocktails Are a Beer Back for Your Beer

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Jerard Fagerberg
Dunn Bros uses the restrictions of its liquor license to make imaginative beer complements.

The idea of completeness is a bragging right for beers. Brewers don't want to admit their concoctions need any more oomph.

And yet, local brew houses have been tripping over themselves to have Jason Westplate and the crew over at Dunn Bros Lowry Hill whip up a little glass of something to serve alongside their suds.

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Nico's Barrel-Aged Tequila Cocktails Will Help You Overcome Your Tequila Fear

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Jerard Fagerberg
Nico's bar manager Johnny Holder poses beside his bar's custom aged tequila cocktails.

Sipping tequila always seems contrary to the liquor's very existence. Lick, shoot, suck -- that's the prescribed regimen, a process designed to keep you from actually tasting Mexico's signature hooch.

But a trip to Nico's Tacos might change all that.

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Brooklyn Park Is Getting Its First Craft Distillery

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"The craft spirit industry is where craft beer was ten plus years ago," says Tyson Schnitker. Schnitker and his wife Mary are two of the latest entrants into the vibrant craft spirits scene. In the coming months, they'll open Skaalvenn, Brooklyn Park's first distillery.

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Cocktails Without Borders: Rabbit Hole's Bar Takes You on a Round-the-World Tour

Categories: Cocktails

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Tammy Kimbler
The Ryebak at the Rabbit Hole

At the Rabbit Hole, even a seemingly classic cocktail is made with a few unique ingredients that take it in a whole different direction.

The bartending duo of Daniel Guerrero and Erik Van Waes have put their own stamp on the Twin Cities cocktail scene. True to the Rabbit Hole's gastropub/Korean street food/local dive bar roots, the duo, along with owner Thomas Kim, are turning wild global flavors into remarkably balanced and delicious libations.

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Inside the Twin Cities' First Distillery Cocktail Room

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Tammy Kimbler
Ed Kim, left, makes a Steady Eddie, right

Brewery taprooms are about to get a run for their money.

Last weekend, Du Nord Craft Spirits opened the Twin Cities' first distillery cocktail room -- the hard stuff's version of a taproom -- serving cocktails made exclusively with their own spirits.

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Cocktails at FIKA: Try This Festive Scandi Sipper

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Tammy Kimbler

When you think of cocktails, FIKA is probably not the first bar that comes to mind. In fact, the eatery at the American Swedish Institute doesn't even have a bar or a bartender.

General manager Emily Garber, an alum of Harriet Brasserie, took over creating cocktails for FIKA last year from former manager Brie Roland. You might be surprised to know that the New Nordic restaurant has more than 10 unique craft cocktails on the menu, plus house-made glögg and craft beer.

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Our Favorite Cocktail Trends of 2014 and What to Expect in 2015

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Benjamin Carter Grimes
Bottled cocktails at Hola Arepa

Last night, City Pages' first ever Cocktailian event took over the Varsity Theater, proving that local fervor for craft cocktails isn't going anywhere.

All of the excitement led us to reflect on 2014's big cocktail trends as we sipped our Whiskey Sours, Old Cedars, and Gamle Ode Fashioneds. Here are our favorite cocktail trends of 2014 and a few predictions for 2015.

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Ward 6 Is Like Happy Hour at Cheers in Payne-Phalen

Categories: Cocktails

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E. Katie Holm

If you're an Eastsider, you already know that Payne-Phalen is a happening place. But the rest of us often need to be reminded of the serious hospitality going on in the northeast corner of St. Paul. To that end, the Hot Dish checked out Ward 6, to see what kind of libation bargains they have to offer.

Rev your engines and go east -- right after you get the scoop on the happy hour deals here.

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Nikola Govich Has a Classic in His Glass at Saffron

Categories: Cocktails

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Marsha Trainer
A beautiful place to work...

Saffron's bar is romantically lit, filled with deep saturated hues and best of all a place to cozy up and get a fine cocktail. The person newly in charge of making sure that the mood and the drinks stay top-notch is Nikola Govich, an alum of Bradstreet Craftshouse, Meritage, and Eat Street Social (not to mention an Irish beer and shot joint in NYC).

He recently took over for friend and former colleague Robb Jones, who made the leap to Spoon and Stable. Govich has debuted a few new libations but has not shaken things up entirely. As he settles in, we thought it was a good time to pay a visit and find out what's in his Old Fashioned glass right now.

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