100 Harmon Pl., Minneapolis
Hours and Details:
Daily, 3-6 p.m.
$2.50 domestic beers and rail drinks
$3 house wine
$5 appetizers - Bhel Poori, Gobi Manchurian,
Chicken Paneer Chaat, Chicken 65, Vegetable Samosa,
$2-$3 naan selection
Half off signature cocktails
Dancing Ganesha has recently shifted its "karma hours" to start and end an hour earlier. We decided to pay a visit and see if it's still worth a stop at the neon bar with the killer apps. Is this den of spice still a decent happy hour spot?
The place glows blue, and an elephant points the way to your bar stool. It's a respite away from law school for some (just across the street) and a Loring Park hideaway for others, but always a reliable place to find just the Indian dish you desire. Upscale enough for those who want the city vibe, but cozy enough to tuck in when it's cold outside, Dancing Ganesha offers friendly service and creative drinks. Besides, it's nice to eat some serious appetizers at happy hour, as opposed to chicken wings and fries.
They had us at the $5 appetizer selection that includes the City Pages favorite Gobi Manchurian and the delectable Chicken 65 (so good that the couple next to us scarfed down four of them). In addition, the crowd is a good mix of business folk, neighborhood peeps, and students (we had a couple lawyers-to-be blowing off some steam on our other side) and plenty of diners in the early evening to give the place a nice hum. Plus, the signature cocktails are still half-price and the "karma hours" run daily. So, if you can't get out of work early during the week--come on Saturday or Sunday afternoon to get happy.