BEST HAPPY HOUR Minneapolis 2003 - Rudolph's Bar-b-que
1933 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
"Happy hour" is something of a misnomer at Rudolph's. Maybe they should call the period from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. "unhappy hour," because that's the only time that patrons can't get two-for-one drinks (well, except during the day--we're not accounting for serious alcoholics or third-shift workers here, sorry). Or maybe it's because that block of time coincides with the dinner hour, and the proprietors are trying to discourage drunkenness. At any rate, the important thing is that from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and even better, from 10:00 p.m. all the way till last call, Rudolph's offers two-for-ones on all domestic tap beers and well drinks. Every day of the week. Whether you need to wind down after a long day at work or you want to start the week off right with a Monday hangover, Rudolph's makes it affordable. Plus, the service is always friendly, which isn't necessarily the case at other "happy" hours around town (though it's hard to blame the staff if they're making less money than usual to serve drinks--remember to tip well, people!) And this rib restaurant has superior happy-hour food specials--$3.50 appetizers from the always-competent kitchen, including rib tips and mozzarella cheese fries. With a varying clientele of regulars, neighborhood newcomers, and rib-seekers, the room's actual happiness quotient changes considerably from day to day, but the deals remain the same.