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Nov 20, 2010 12:48 PM

Uptown Happy Hour with good mingling/standing room?

Looking for a good happy hour option (for a Tue or Wed night) in the Uptown area that allows for mingling room for a group -- weather that means lots of bar space or having drink rails and/or high cocktail tables and stools.

What I'd like to avoid is having to commit to seated event at a bunch of tables, where everybody gets stuck in one spot, talking to the same person the entire night.

Herkimer? Bryant Lake Bowl? Other thoughts? Thanks!

Bryant Lake Bowl
810 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN

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  1. What about Moto-i. Saki, Beer and cocktails, fairly large bar area.

    2940 Lyndale Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

    1. Herkimer and Moto-i are excellent options. I really like the concept of Bryant Lake Bowl, but it's a small place, and the bar area can be really crowded. On a Tuesday or Wednesday night it won't be as crowded as Fri or Sat.

      Another good locale is The Independent. In the past, that was my go-to place in Uptown for Happy Hour. Great bartenders there, and a cool 50's-ish look to it. For me, The Independent is the best bar in Uptown.

      I haven't yet been to the downstairs portion of the new Cafeteria and Support Group, only the upstairs deck area. The rooftop was awesome every time I've been there - very good service, even on Friday nights when they were slammed, and for what it is, there are great bar food and drinks on the menu. I'm guessing the downstairs would be just as fun. If I remember right, they have a longish bar to stand at.

      If you're in the mood for beer, Herkimer and Bryant Lake Bowl might be good options. For more liquor drinks, Independent or Cafeteria would be very good options, and for something different / sake, Moto-i (I went to Moto-i a few weeks ago HH, and it was excellent! Great HH appetizer specials, and the bartender was very fun).

      Bryant Lake Bowl
      810 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN