B.A.N.K.'s bankers hours: a swanky happy hour of the week

Sitting at the bank...

Sitting at the bank...

88 South 6th St., Minneapolis

Hours and Details:
Monday - Friday, 3-6 p.m.
$3 domestic taps
$5 house wine
$5 special cocktail (rotates daily)
1/2 off selected appetizers: calamari, rock shrimp, sliders now (may be changing soon)
$4 martinis on Tuesdays only

We all know how fab the architecture is at the Westin's glorious restaurant and the centerpiece, the Gold Bar. But how is the happy hour?


The dark wood, the light peeking in from the world outside, and the beautiful details, from light fixtures to cabinets, make B.A.N.K. a swank place to visit after work. The bar, situated in the middle of the action, gives you a view of most of the dining room and all of the decor, which is definitely a big draw. They don't slouch on the cocktails either, offering the classics as well as their own riffs on them (a white Manhattan and a maple-orange-flavored old-fashioned, for example).

But what about the deals, you ask? They ain't half bad, which is surprising in this upscale environment. The special cocktail of the day will likely be the best bargain--as long as it suits your tastebuds. Otherwise, the house wine and 1/2-price appetizers can keep you sitting with the upper classes, while spending just $4 a slider, $6 for the rock shrimp, or $5.50 for the calamari. And for the most serious of steals, visit B.A.N.K. on a Tuesday, when martinis, lemon drops, and cosmos are just $4.