MSP Chow-Worthy Summer Happy Hours?
Hi fellow Chowhounds,
I'm looking for recommendations for chow-worthy happy hours in the Twin Cities. I'm particularly interested in those with chowish/eclectic/well-prepared food, an interesting beer selection, or excellent wines by the glass. Thus far, I've come up with:
Nami: M-F; 5-7 PM
JP American Bistro: Every day 4-6 PM
Cafe Barbette: M-F 3-6 PM
Fuji Ya: Su 9-10 PM; M-F 5-7
Triple Rock Social Club: M-F 4-9 PM
Any other suggestions? Extra points to those that have roofdecks and/or outdoor entertainment (music, movies, etc....).
JP is my favorite, best tuna burger ever (and its on the happy hour menu) If you are looking to dine out doors in st. paul try The Liffy in the holiday inn across from the Xcel. Not sure about the happy hour but the summer patio at W.A Frost is nice and the food is solid. Sweeny's also has a nice patio, The Muddy Pig has a small but nice Patio and solid beer selection. GreatWaters on 7th place has a good happyhour feturing their own beers and good bar food and music on certian nights.
i'm a fan of the $5, you-call-it martini HH at saffron (yes, including super-premium lqs), with cheap small plates (like $3-$4 iirc)
m-f 4-6 late night, fri-sat 11-1 a.m. 1/2 price wine bottles mondays. no patio, great eats, great service. it's probably a good thing i can't make it down there more often, actually!
Yesterday, we tried out the Origami happy hour in the warehouse district. Good sushi at good prices. I recommend the sushi bowl ($6.75), which has about 6 slices of raw fish over rice sprinkled with sesame seeds. Although the fresh cucumber slices in the Ichitini were a nice touch, I wasn't a fan of the drink, but I'm not a martini drinker.
Happy hour is Sun-Thurs 5-6:30 only in the upstairs bar area.
I was terribly unimpressed at Barbette last week. There were more servers than patrons, but that didn't stop them from ignoring us.
Palomino's happy hour food is quite good.
I've had mixed results for the food at the McCormick & Schmicks happy hour. Some of the selections are quite good, others subpar. I imagine that the M & S grill is similar but haven't been there for happy hour.
We walked out of Barbette for our first time ever, because of bad service a few weeks ago. We were seated for 15 minutes with nobody paying attention to us (even when the menus at the next table blew off in the wind, and my husband picked them off the ground and handed them to the server). We've never had a bad experience there before, so I worry that the service level is declining.
I'm sorry to hear that you and galewskj had bad service at Barbette. We live right in the neighborhood, so we're there fairly often. I haven't noticed a decline, but will keep my eyes out. Were you there at happy hour or at a different time of day?
Brit's Pub (HH Mon – Fri: 4.30 – 6.30 p.m.) has adequate food and decent beer. But the lawn out back is a downtown oasis. A crowded oasis, but an oasis nonetheless.
I'd second the recommendation on Solera as well. Another great rooftop deck - although it's very sunny on a hot day. I'm not as much of a night owl as BigE, so I go to the early HH M-F 4-6.
How about Vincent? Their happy hour is M-F; 4:30 - 6:30 pm. (See http://www.vincentarestaurant.com/menudetails.php?catID=9 - scroll down to the end.)
I've never made it to the happy hour, but I love Vincent's food and wine choices. And a visitor reported on bar dining at Vincent in this thread:
I work in the northern burbs until 5, so I can't speak to any of the downtown happy hours that end at 6 or earlier.
I always enjoy the late night happy hour at Solera. (10p-12a) They have a nice (4th floor) rooftop too. Saffron has a good late night happy hour too (9-11p M-T, 10-12 Fri-Sat).