BEST HAPPY HOUR - 2004
What good is "happy hour" if it finds you surrounded by long faces, bad music, and office-boardroom decor? Really, if it was just about cheap booze, you could drink at home. Happy hour should have the power to actually improve your mood, especially on those dead-of-winter afternoons when it's dark by three o'clock and the black ice is hazardous and the wind is miserable yet you still can't stand the thought of heading straight home for another night ensconced in your bedroom. And what could better contrast such northern dreariness than a tiki bar? Dotted with palms and sporting wood-plank patterned carpet (that's right, look closely, and don't put your smokes out on it!), Psycho Suzi's is quite likely to be the happiest place in Minneapolis. From 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, the staff serves up half-price well drinks and tap beers (at $1.50 per pint of Premium, we got "happy" in a hurry), along with cheap appetizers like the delicious cheese curds for $3.50 or tater tots or fries for only two bucks. With featured drinks like the "Bamboozler," a high-quality jukebox, superior bar food, cute, kitschy tiki mugs, and servers who wear T-shirts bearing slogans such as "Psycho Suzi's...It's Just Wrong," the level of fun is such that if you can't enjoy yourself here, it might be time for a therapist. And despite the hipsters packing the place on weekends, weekday happy hour seems to remain uncrowded. For now.