Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 2:49 p.m.
A one of a kind rooftop bar to take in a twice a year cosmic event
This Friday, at approximately 5:04 p.m., the earth's semi-axis will reach its maximum tilt towards the sun which means summer is officially here, according to the Universe. It also means you will need a great spot to take in this cosmic event whilst enjoying a seasonally-appropriate beer or cocktail.
Here are five great places to drink in the summer solstice, in no particular order.
5. Union's rooftop
will be retracted and ready for action this Friday. Sip a Johnny Michaels-created cocktail like the We Pop Champagne -- a sparkling mixture of pineapple, pink guava, and lychee and take in the view over downtown. If you get there before 6:00 p.m. you'll catch happy hour as well as the solstice.
offers half-priced sake and house wine and tap beer for $3.50 during their 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily happy hour. Arrive early and settle in on the rooftop for spectacular view of Uptown and plenty of sun exposure.
3. If your crowd meets up on the St. Paul side for post-work happy hour, head to Louis Ristorante
at the top level of the newly expanded/remodeled Cosetta's. The rooftop patio overlooks the Mississippi, and if you're there before 6:00 p.m. you can get a $3 bellini or a $5 martini.
2. Do you want to witness the solstice but feel guilty about leaving your dog at home? Hit up the patio at Aster Cafe
where dogs are welcome, sangria is just $4 before 6:00 p.m., and the sun over St. Anthony Main is in full view.
1. If you find a quiet hideaway more conducive to viewing an astronomical event, W.A. Frost
has a comfy seat for you. The twinkling lights, trickling fountains, and strong cocktails (specials from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.) let you just relax and let summer wash over you.