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favorite drink in MSP, anyone?

i_heart_mushrooms Feb 5, 2008 04:42 AM

so the thriftyhipster.com isn't doing much justice for me. except introduce me to the 'greats' of red dragon and palomino. any suggestions where there's awesome happy hour? and where can i get the best drink for my buck? meaning no watered or juiced down drink please!

  1. i_heart_mushrooms Feb 10, 2008 11:47 AM

    thanks guys! some great advice for my next night out!

    1. c
      churchka Feb 8, 2008 05:49 AM

      The Craftsman always has seasonal speciality drinks. My husband loves their seasonal Old Fashioneds.

      1. w
        WaiterEater Feb 7, 2008 08:18 PM

        Ever get to Il Vesco Vino in Saint Paul you have to ask for an ambra ciello..Admitadly better in summer but still the best drink hands down anywhere.

        1. RedPepper Feb 7, 2008 02:58 PM

          Manhattan's makes some nice cocktails using fresh juices. The bar scene is a bit bland.

          Best Cosmo is from Monte Carlo, where you get the old school atmosphere and the extra shaker of booze.

          Chambers makes some nice mixed drinks too - good mojito.

          Solera has a good white sangria.

          BANK has a nice bar to sit at and a good blueberry mojito

          1. drew13000 Feb 7, 2008 08:27 AM

            The drinks at Psycho Suzi's will knock you on your ass. Personally, I like the One-Eyed Willy. For an extra few bucks you can keep the glass.

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              soupkitten Feb 7, 2008 07:31 AM

              mmmmm. . . triple rock bloody mary. . . .

              1. Davydd Feb 7, 2008 07:23 AM

                Guinness at the Local wins for me.

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                  JC65 Feb 7, 2008 06:10 AM

                  If you really want 'no watered or juiced down drink' the legendary place to go is Stand Up Franks. All they seem to serve is booze in a glass.

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                    mplsmike Feb 6, 2008 08:12 AM

                    Surly Furious, in a glass, from a can, anywhere

                    Town Hall Brewery's Masala Mama or Oatmeal Stout with a game of darts

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                    1. re: mplsmike
                      reannd Feb 6, 2008 12:21 PM

                      Erte has some mighty interesting martini specials.. don't know about a happy hour, though.

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                      sixpintsofbitter Feb 5, 2008 03:16 PM

                      Sounds like you've read about the Red Dragon but I still think that their Wondrous Punch is worth mentioning. Two of these babies and I'm past my limit. Served in "fishbowl" glass, and tasting more like punch than the three or four kinds of booze they pour in, at $9 or so it isn't cheap, but you definitely get your moneys' worth

                      1. mnitchals Feb 5, 2008 06:43 AM

                        It's not necessarily a deal but hands down my favorite drink is a Pimm's cup at jP. Get that and share an order of pommes frites and I'm happy.

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                        1. re: mnitchals
                          Foureyes137 Feb 5, 2008 06:49 AM

                          jP has a very good happy hour. It ends a bit early for us, but it is solid. Good drinks better food. And agreed, a Pimm's cup is perfect when sitting out front in the summer.

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                          babaoriley7 Feb 5, 2008 05:31 AM

                          I don't think this is ground breaking but I like Chino Latino. Can be busy but they have good small bites, good tap prices and a spicy bloody mary.

                          I also like Famous Dave's just because they have $3 taps of Bell's Two Hearted ale.

                          McCoy's in SLP isn't bad because of their craft beers at affordable prices.

                          These are mostly beer places though, I'm not sure if that is what you are after.

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