Bradstreet, Solera, and more: Happy hours for grownups

Drink like an adult on a college kid's budget

925 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612.333.9953; 235 E. Sixth St., St. Paul, 651.222.3250,

The margaritas at Barrio don't come in pitchers or plastic buckets, and they're guaranteed to expand the possibilities of the familiar tequila-based drink. During happy hour, one of them is offered half-price, such as the cherry-lime-absinthe Cobra Verde on Mondays or the passion-fruit pepper-Cava Enter the Dragon on Fridays. Also, the umbrella-topped Nicollet Mall sidewalk seats offer some of downtown's best people-watching. Barrio offers drink specials—$2 off tap beers and rail drinks, and one discounted margarita—Mon.-Fri. from 4-6 p.m. and 10 p.m.-midnight.

For a Neighborhood Vibe

1432 W. 31st St., Minneapolis, 612.823.7125,

A buzz at a bargain: The Grandma's Addiction at Lucia's
Jana Freiband
A buzz at a bargain: The Grandma's Addiction at Lucia's

Location Info



821 Marquette Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

Bradstreet Craftshouse

601 First Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

Cafe Maude

5411 Penn Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55419

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Southwest Minneapolis

The Lexington

1096 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Macalester/Groveland

The Happy Gnome

498 Selby Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55102

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: St. Paul (Downtown)

Toast Wine Bar & Cafe

415 N. First St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)


1600 W. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Uptown/ Eat Street

Solera Restaurant & Event Center

900 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

Seven Sushi Ultralounge and Skybar

700 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Category: Restaurant > Japanese

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

Saffron Restaurant & Lounge

123 N. 3rd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Category: Restaurant > Middle Eastern

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

Barrio Tequila Bar & Cafe

925 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

Lucia's is the more established Uptownian's pied-à-terre: a home-away-from-home that's as cozy as your own, but infused with a convivial urban buzz. After the dinner crowds wind down, a late-night happy hour keeps the wine bar's candlelit tables filled with neighbors sharing pints, pours, and cocktails such as Grandma's Addiction, which, true to Lucia's homegrown, farm-fresh approach, is made with local apple cider. Happy hour runs from 9 p.m. until close, Tues.-Sun, and includes $3 tap beers, $6 house wines, and $3 off cocktails.

For Quiet Conversation

Sapor Cafe and Bar
428 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612.375.1971,

Sapor is one of those spots everybody seems to forget about, but that's precisely what makes it a pleasantly din-free choice for long conversations amid drinking and snacking. To me, the dining room at Sapor has always felt a little austere, but the window seats in the bar are as pretty as they are comfortable. The discounted snacks from the global-bar menu range from gourmet quesadillas to potato pierogis, as well as what might be the most unexpected happy-hour food of all, Brussels sprouts. Sapor's happy hour is Mon.-Sat. from 5-7 p.m., with discounted wine, beer, and snacks.

For All-American Fare

Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant
1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612.332.1010,

The Dakota's kitchen cooks just like its jazz: straight, no chaser, and killing it every time. The restaurant/club's happy-hour menu features little morsels conceived with the same attention to detail as the entrées: There's an awesome miniature walleye po' boy, French fries, deviled eggs, and molasses-slicked chicken wings with crackling skin. Several cocktails made with locally distilled Prairie Organic Vodka (the Prairie Flower, for example, with elderflower liqueur and cranberry juice) are also on special. Happy hour runs Mon.-Fri. from 4-6 p.m. and Fri.-Sat. from 11:30-close ($5 cover for music) with half-price Prairie Organic Vodka cocktails and discounted bar food.  

New App Finds Happy Hours from Your Phone

Whether you're looking for classy but inexpensive food and drink specials or you just need a cheap way to get drunk after work, your quest has just become easier.

City Pages' parent company, Village Voice Media, has teamed with to create a new app for your iPhone (or similar technical marvel) called Happy Hours—the world's handiest guide to cheap drinks.

Using the Happy Hours app, you can instantly call up restaurant and bar specials happening right now in neighborhoods throughout the Twin Cities, ranked by proximity. Not only does it list prices of appetizer and drink specials, you can also click through to get details such as photos, menus, and reviews. Rotating your phone calls up a map of your selection.

Forget robots and supercomputers—this may be the apotheosis of the digital age. You can download it on iTunes, or search your app store for "Happy Hours."

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