615 Second Ave., Minneapolis
Hours and details:
$5 sushi rolls
$3 house wine, rail cocktails, draft beers or domestic bottled beers
$5 featured martinis--Chocolate, Cosmo, Lemon Drop, Appletini or Grape Cosmo
Tucked up on the second floor of the Grand Hotel, it's a sure thing for hotel guests, but does Rare's happy hour merit a visit from a local? The Hot Dish went there après-work to find out.
Venue: Yes, something similar to the "quiet storm" emanates from the speakers above the bar, but frankly after a long day of TPS reports, it goes well with a few drinks and a sushi roll. Owned by Life Time Fitness, Rare is the revamped Zahtar, with more red tones and less hype. While the crowds clamber downstairs at the Six15 Room, it's chill and relaxed upstairs with a mixture of out-of-towners and downtown workers softly chatting.
Verdict: While this is strictly a Monday through Friday operation, the Rare happy hour still feels like a gem, with food and drink options to please a variety of folks. There are mini-burgers, flatbreads, and a Parmesan artichoke dip, in addition to a choice of five $5 sushi selections. From the spicy salmon to the Mexican roll, you'll find an amenable raw treat to make you smile. Drinks-wise, there's beer, wine, and rails for $3, with a selection of $5 girly martinis for those who like their vodka sweet. Slip into Rare to have a tête-a-tète or meet your secret lover. It's quiet and undiscovered, with just enough happy hour deals to keep your tryst tasty.