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Dec 3, 2010 03:47 AM

Best Happy Hour?

I need to find a place to meet with 10 people where we can get drinks and talk. Any suggestions?

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  1. That's an awfully broad question, friend.

    Let's start with location...what area of the metro would you like to meet?

    1. such places in the midwest. Try New York or (maybe) Los Angeles. Toyko for sure.

      I'm kidding...where? food? fancy drinks or pbr?

      1. welcome to chowhound!

        there are lots of folks who can help with the question, but we need more info! what area of the twin cities would everyone like to meet? is time of day important? i know you state happy hour, but some places have a late night happy hour as well.

        do you and your friends like retro cocktails? microbrews? margaritas? high end scotch? is price point important? would you rather have impeccable formal table service, or are surly-but-speedy bartenders, quick with an off-color but funny witticism, more your style? are *great* happy hour specials what you're looking for?

        what kind of ambiance? loud or quiet? wood carved bar? sleek stainless steel? comfy bar stools? standing or sitting? live music or no? jukebox? pool tables? is a nice outdoor smoking area important? what age group/social set: younger hipsters, professionals in their 30's-40's, middle aged blue collar workmen?

        do you want food? what kind of food? we're freaky about food and we can talk about the food at local bars for hours and days, just watch us, you'll be amazed!

        everybody's holding on to their recommendations, hoping you'll give a little info, pLlama-- please let us know a little more about the type of place you're looking for, i'm sure you'll get some great recs. :)

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        1. re: soupkitten

          Sorry for being so broad - I'm looking for a place that is fairly central to everything because the group is coming from all over the cities. I'd prefer a relaxed, quieter place so we could sit and talk and just get drinks. As for what kind of drinks - I don't usually drink alcohol, and it's not a big deal what is available, I'm considering meeting at a coffee shop or teahouse too. I'd prefer it if it wasn't too expensive. It will be a group of people in their 20s who have never met before, and other than that I don't know anything about them.

          It wouldn't even have to be a happy hour... just a relaxed environment a group that has never met before can meet and get to know each other.

          1. re: pLlama

            Maybe check into the private room at Wilde Roast? Coffee shop that serves wine & beer.

            [Googled after the fact and it looks like they request a food purchase from each member of the group, so perhaps not the best option.]

            Wilde Roast Cafe
            518 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

            1. re: jaycooke

              Along those lines, Amore Coffee near Grand in St. Paul has a nice little room. You can reserve it for a nominal cost (I can't remember now from when I did it last -- $10?) and that amount gets applied to your purchases. They have coffee drinks and baked things. Also some lunchy things. You'd have to reserve in advance though, or the room would be taken over by regular patrons.

              I think there are wine bars with similar little "meeting rooms." Know I've seen some but am spacing out on names.

              Amore Coffee
              917 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105

              1. re: karykat

                Not as indie and quaint, but Davanni's on Grand and Cleveland in St. Paul also has community room--they share it with Coffee Bene.


                It's been a couple of years since I've used it but I recall that it's free with a certain nominal minimum purchase.


                Coffee Bene
                53 Cleveland Ave S, Saint Paul, MN 55105

                14125 Highway 13 S, Savage, MN 55378

        2. If you go to Victory 44, they have a parking lot plus on-street parking. Depending on the afternoon/evening of the week, you could have the place mostly to yourselves. Beer and wine only, however (and coffee). Coffee shop next door, and I bet V44 would let you bring it in. They're pretty laid back. Then if you want to eat, the food is pretty good.

          Victory 44
          2203 44th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN

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          1. re: Brad Ballinger

            I haven't had the coffee @ V-44, but they do seem to make a fuss over it. On Wednesdays, all drinks are half price, plus the concept is small plates, so people can scale their food needs accordingly. I love that place.

            Another choice might be Ngon Bistro. Very quiet during the happiest hours, and they don't mind if you're just in for drinks. If you happen to order food, it's locally sourced Vietnamese and quite tasty.

            Dunno how central these locales are, but they are accessible and have free parking.