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La Cucaracha's fun and down-to-earth happy hour

La Cucaracha Mexican Restaurante, 36 South Dale St., St Paul, 651.221.9682

Hours and details: 7 days a week 3 -6 p.m., Friday-Saturday 10-midnight. $2-$3 beer specials, $3.50 house margaritas and rail drinks, $5 appetizers.

Other daily specials: Monday: $2 off large bullfighters Tuesday: tequila flights $10 for 3 shots Wednesday: 1/2 off any bottle of wine Thursday: $3 for all pints and bottles of beer

Here's what you'll find, and our verdict:

Venue: This is not the place to go if you want a fancy martini or craft cocktail, but it's ideal if you want a simple blended margarita--icy cold, sweet and sour, maybe a pitcher full--or a bracing shot of tequila (they have roughly 50 kinds) or a cerveza with lime. The surroundings are unpretentious, with traditional festive decor. The bartenders are friendly, and owners Nina and Gina are gracious and warm, as they have been since the '70s. This place is down-to-earth and mellow.

Verdict: We really like this happy hour. With a nice selection of $5 apps, including wings, nachos, and ceviche (in season), $3.50 margaritas, and the vintage charm of the Summit Hill neighborhood, this happy hour is refreshingly unfancy and fun.

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