Central Happy Hour
I need a good place for happy hour that is central to the twin cities, more beer than wine or mixed drinks, and great appetizers are a necessity. One friend comes from Bloomington, one from Lino Lakes, and one from Plymouth. So far we seem to have settled on the Triple Rock, but are looking for other places to add a little variety. Easy (and free) parking would also be a plus.
The Local in downtown Mpls has excellent beer, good appys & $ parking across the street at the target store downtown.
Ike's is great downtown as well - not the best parking options.
O'gara's off 94 (snelling) & Sweeneys off 94 (at Dale) might also be great options. Sweeney's = bar food & O'gara's is all american grub...O'gara's has free parking & Sweeney's has a small lot & parking in the neighborhood.
If you like hot buffalo hot wings, then Sweeneys is a good option.
If you are into Sweeney's - I guess for beer selection and good apps - I would choose Happy Gnome or Muddy Pig. However, it is St Paul and you're looking for a Minneapolis spot. Since you want beer selection, even though it's not super amazingly awesome - what about Herkimer's? The beer is reasonably priced, they have a good assortment (including their own) and they have decent apps.
Easier for the Lino Lakes and Plymouth connections but a bit more distant for the Bloomington connection would be Barley John's Brew Pub.
Good, garlicky hummus. Nice grilled pizza.
781 Old Highway Eight SW
New Brighton MN 55112
Located just North of Minneapolis off 35W at Country Rd. D and Old Highway 8 about 2 miles NW of Rosedale Shopping Center
How about Town Hall Brewing? I guess I can't say much about the appetizers personally, and free parking would be pretty tough... but hey, that's great beer!