great happy hours in downtown minneapolis
Saffron has an excellent happy hour with $3 bites and $5 cocktails. The lamb BLT is something special.
Be'Wiched has cheap Surly and Summit, and they'll also make up outstanding small plates based on your budget.
Vincent has won kudos for its happy hour menu. The $8 burger is a standout, but the rest of the specials are equally strong values.
I'll concur on Bradstreet.
For a more visceral experience, you can hit up Spring Street Grill. That's more your typical cheap beer and nacho specials, but it's an interesting mix of people during happy hour, and the greasy food is good.
If you're looking during the day, the Modern has half off beer and wine from 11-4. I don't know why more places don't do this. The food there is pretty darn affordable anyway.
I like Solera for late night happy hour. Grab a seat at the tapas bar, enjoy a discounted drink and watch the chefs work their magic. Vibrant, hip (and loud) crowd.
Another great late night happy hour is Saffron. Much more quiet, but the food is just as good.
Both places have early happy hours as well.
900 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403