The unhappy tale of Chatterbox's happy hour lobster

Chatterbox - Highland Park

The Chatterbox Pub unveiled a new happy hour menu two months ago. It included new food and drink specials, as well as $2 off everything on their regular beer and wine list.

Much of the new menu is familiar happy hour fare: chili cheese fries, pork sliders, pub pretzels. But at the Highland Park and Linden Hills locations, one new item stands out -- a whole live lobster for $14.99.

Yup. A whole live lobster. For happy hour. At the Chatterbox.

Too good to be true? We checked it out.

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Surly debuts new beer in its taproom today

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Since opening its gussied-up tasting room as an official taproom earlier this summer, Surly has been pouring pints of its flagship beers including Hell, Bender, and Furious alongside seasonal and special brews like the alarmingly titled Urine Trouble, an Imperial Brett IPA brewed with a big cat cause in mind

This afternoon when the taproom opens (3 p.m.) Surly will be tapping another new brew called Misanthrope. It was first unveiled at the Great Taste of the Midwest beer fest in Madison earlier this month to rave reviews. 

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Brewery round-up: Where to drink (and eat) this weekend

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Never a dull moment here in brew town
As always, there's lots to do this weekend if you are a fan of both beer and food. Top billing goes to the matchup of Butcher & the Boar and Pour Decisions Brewery in Roseville. Tonight B & the B is doing an in-house event there starting at 5:00 p.m. and going until food runs out, which might be like an hour later. The taproom opens at 4:30 p.m. with drafts and growlers are available for sale (cash or card) and lotsa meat (cash only).

Planning to stick more to Minneapolis? There's a whole lot happening there too:

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Weekday extended happy hours: a round-up

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Because happiness shouldn't end at 6 p.m.
Few things in life are more disappointing than arriving to a bar just in time to get your drink order in for the end of happy hour. Who can leave work, park, and order all before 6:00? Here's a roundup of some of our city's happy hours that last into the wee hours, and a few that are never-ending.

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Hell's Kitchen introduces Craft Cocktail Wednesdays

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Hell's Kitchen's creates cocktails personally designed for each patron
If you're looking for a new way to get over the midweek hump, Hell's Kitchen has recently created a new option. Hopping on the same bandwagon as other major Twin Cities restaurants, Hell's Kitchen is invading the craft cocktail scene: From 9 p.m. until close every Wednesday night, you can head down to the restaurant's back bar and experience Craft Cocktail Wednesday.

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Happy Hour of the Week: Cocina del Barrio

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Drink specials and bargain tacos: Nirvana
Someone get Michael McDonald on the phone: This party calls for a theme song and a glitter shower climax. How did Edina survive until now with no drink specials? None. Never. Well, until today, that is. Tonight kicks off the first ever happy hour, and we thought it best to check out the specials where the tequila is all top-shelf and the beer on tap includes some of the best local brews in town.

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Edina finally approves happy hour

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A good way to save a buck in Edina
The last city in the metro area without happy hour has finally conceded. The Star Tribune is reporting that the Edina City Council unanimously approved the measure. That should come as welcome news to restaurants like the Edina Grill, Salut, and Barrio, who have other locations that hadn't been held back by such restrictions. Edina has no bars, but restaurants were eager for the change.

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Top 5 patio bars: Minneapolis and St. Paul

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Crazy for Psycho Suzi's patio
Once again it's the season when Minnesotans flock to restaurant patios and rooftops to enjoy the weather. And while food is critical in patio dining, at this time of year a refreshing drink and relaxed conversation can assume just as much importance. We took a look at the best spots in both Minneapolis and St. Paul that combined a great patio with a vibrant bar scene. The attributes that landed a restaurant on this list included the view, the vibe, and a restaurant's happy hour food and drink specials. Here's our list of the top 5 patio and rooftops bars on both sides of the river.

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Happy hour of the day: Eat Street Social

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For a taste of Easy Street, head to Eat Street
There's no better way to put a happy hour to the test than to show up cranky after a no good, very bad day. Belly up to the bar, and dare anyone behind it to try to turn your frown upside down.

At Eat Street Social, they'll start by simply dropping off a few menus, one of which contains the happy hour (or "social hour") specials, available from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 p.m. - 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 12 - 1:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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Have Fundido at Rosa Mexicano's happy hour of the week

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A pink beacon in the night...
Rosa Mexicano
609 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

Weekdays, 3-6 p.m. (in the bar area only)

Drinks & Eats:
La Tradicional Margarita - $4.90
The 1800 Margarita - $5.50
Pitchers of Sangría - $4.90/$14
1800 Tequila Shots - $5.50
Select Imported Beers - $3
Queso Fundido - $4.90
Flautas de Pollo - $4.50
Ensalada del Mercado - $3.90
Tacos de Pollo - $4
Tacos de Panza con Callos de Hacha - $6.40

Sure there have been naysayers, but the Hot Dish has trouble saying no to any visit that involves tequila. So off we went to City Center's latest and checked out what's afoot in the bar.

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