New Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport lounge offers all you can eat and drink for $45

Practice looking this tranquil and happy at the airport.

Practice looking this tranquil and happy at the airport. Photo courtesy of Escape Lounge Facebook page

You have to travel how many miles for admission into that airport VIP lounge? The one with the free bloodies and the all-you-can-eat petit fours?

Do the math, and it's about three cross-continental trips to Asia.

Then again, as much as the airport drives us to drink, maybe it is worth it. Bartender, we’ll take another $22 double. Make it two.

Well, here’s a potentially more economical, democratic, and delicious option. Pay $45 (or $40 in advance) and get access to the Escape Lounge at the MSP International Airport, including unlimited food and drink.

The menu here has been designed by chef J.D. Fratzke, of Saint Dinette, Strip Club, and Red River Kitchen. Examples of dishes include a walleye with escarole and barley salad with tomato-ginger vinaigrette in the evening; or cheese and veggie-laden frittatas for breakfast.

The service is available in a smattering of cities around the United States (Minneapolis Saint-Paul, Oakland, Bradley) and in the UK (Manchester, Stansted, East Midlands).

And it is kind of a no-brainer. Consider how much cash one can spend in an airport just to make the experience humanly tolerable. You gotta stick something in your face, and pour something down your gullet, so why not do it in style?

The spaces include a periodical library, workspaces for charging up and powering on, plus quieter space away from melting down babies and overworked TSA agents.

But who are you kidding? You’d be in it for the food and the booze. Did we mention it’s unlimited?

Premium product available for an upcharge, naturally. You’re in the airport after all.