Bird Bath at the Third Bird Is a Margarita for Scotch Lovers

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David McCrindle
Get down and dirty in this Bird Bath

Bird Bath at the Third Bird
$12

We confirmed that Kim Bartmann's the Third Bird is a worthy new tenant in the revolving door of restaurants that have made their home along Loring Park (look for a full review next week). It has a prevalent bar area, views overlooking the park, and a hip, laid-back sort of ambience. We decided to evaluate how well the Bird caters to those customers who just want to drink solo.

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Marvel Bar's Tyler Kleinow Gives Us the Scoop on Where to Drink After Work

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The man, his bar, his drinks and his Big Buck card

Isn't Marvel Bar swell? And one of the reasons it's so awesome is the drink stylings of Tyler Kleinow, the regional winner of this year's Bombay Sapphire/GQ Most Imaginative Bartender contest. The Hot Dish paid him a visit the day before he flew off to Vegas to compete in the quarterfinals, to find out what he's imbibing these days. He gave us an earful -- not just about what he's drinking but also where to find a real bartender's bartender.

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The Marché happy hour: Just drink deals but still swanky

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Marsha Trainer
Marche's marble counter is the site of some happy, happy hour deals

Marché debuted this summer in Uptown and has maintained a fairly low profile. It's a bright, classy space with a marble counter that offers up breakfast and lunch, plus beverages that span all tastes -- espresso, craft sodas, wine, beer, drinks, and even bottled cocktails.

The patio and the pastries are admittedly lovely, but Marché for happy hour? It may seem an unlikely spot to unwind after work and yet, upon getting a cool glass of wine and a savory grilled cheese, the drink deals feel a little like the cherry on top of a swank sundae.

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Parlour's Jesse Held shows us the next hot thing with a sipper & shot

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Marsha Trainer
Jesse Held's seemingly serious pouring technique - flawless!

Jesse Held has a packed schedule. His daily duties often start with getting his two daughters on the school bus around 8:30 a.m. and frequently keep him on the go until 3 a.m. He may only have two shifts a week behind a bar, but he's expertly managing the beverage programs at many establishments: Parlour, Borough, Coup d'Etat, and the new Marché (yes, it has cocktails).

Lucky for us, he's not too busy to reveal what's wetting his whistle as summer wanes. So get ready for the latest edition of What's in your glass? Held not only shows his deftness with a delicate quaff but also introduces us to the next hot thing. Hint: It's a twofer you don't want to miss.

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Enjoy the view and the rice balls at Louis Ristorante's happy hour

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Marsha Trainer
A range of happy hour dining options

If you ever worry that you're missing out on the charms of downtown St. Paul, we're here to help. Let us remind you of things like the roof deck at Louis Ristorante, an amazing spot where you can admire both the Cathedral of St. Paul and the rice balls and still get a deal on your drink.

During these fleeting days of summer, don't you deserve a happy hour that gives you a buzz with a view?

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Wander North Distillery opens with Outpost Vodka launch

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Tammy Kimbler
We've got spirits, yes we do.

Riding the wave of new micro-distilleries opening after the 2011 Minnesota micro-distillery law, Wander North Distillery opened for business last Wednesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony and launch of their first spirit, Outpost Vodka. Owner Brian Winter cut the ceremonial ribbon with city councilman Kevin Reich. "Being in northeast Minneapolis is fantastic," says Winter. "The synergy and collaboration here is phenomenal."

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Brasserie Zentral's Trish Gavin shares her favorite shot/chaser combination

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Brasserie Zentral's Trish Gavin shares her favorite shot/chaser combination

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Marsha Trainer
Trish Gavin 'tending at Brasserie Zentral

The bar at Brasserie Zentral is a great place to enjoy a well-made cocktail in a decidedly non-rock 'n' roll atmosphere. And that suits bartender Trish Gavin to a T. She's more than happy to preside over a bar that caters to adults where you can make pleasant conversation over Old Fashioneds without having to yell or worry about stepping in something sticky.

Yes, she'll make you a delicious Frueling Negroni or Garden Gimlet, but we're turning the tables. What about Trish herself -- what the heck is she drinking these days? That's what the intrepid Hot Dish went downtown to find out in this edition of "What's in your glass?"

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World Street Kitchen's daily happy hour means two beers and guac for under $10

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Marsha Trainer
A beacon of cheap happy hour snacks and drafts in Lyn-Lake

It's great to sit out on the big picnic tables in front of World Street Kitchen and watch the cars whiz by on Lyndale Avenue. Why? Because there's tons of tasty grub a mere counter away and you know it's much wiser to stay put at Sameh Wadi's casual eatery than to speed off somewhere.

And with happy hour happening twice a day, there's even more reason to hit up WSK this summer.

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What Hola Arepa's Dan Oskey and Birk Stefan Grudem are sipping this summer

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Marsha Trainer
Dan and Birk work well together at Hola Arepa

With summer at the height of its powers and our thirst for refreshing cocktails nearly unquenchable, Hot Dish introduces the first installment of a series in which we ask local bartenders, "What's in your glass?"

To kick it off with a bang, we spoke to Dan Oskey and Birk Stefan Grudem of the hugely successful Hola Arepa. Oskey is the new restaurant's resident barman and Grudem runs the place with his fiancée, Christina Nguyen. Back in the day, this duo tended bar together at Longfellow Grill.

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

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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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