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Happy Hour near Airport

msuspar10 Nov 3, 2011 07:48 PM

Picking up my sister from the airport tomorrow evening and am going to meet a friend to kill an hour or two before picking her up. Looking for something with a good beer selection and some good food specials. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    Josie Nov 3, 2011 11:00 PM


    4204 28th Avenue South

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      foreverhungry Nov 4, 2011 06:48 AM

      Busters on 28th, or Town Hall Tap on Chicago Ave, near 48th.

      Both have great beer. Busters has a better beer selection and excellent burgers (and very good other food too).

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        GutGrease Nov 4, 2011 09:11 AM

        Busters definitely has a good beer selection, but my knock on it is that I have to order 3-5 beers each time before I find one that they actually haven't run out of...

        Something a little closer to the airport would be the 5-8 Club. You'll get the food there but there are only a couple of standard beers on tap.

        Believe it or not, many of the bars at MOA have good beer specials such as 22oz beers for $3.50 - domestics but still pretty good specials. There are a few bars like the Cadillac Ranch that have a good beer selection, especially for in a mall.

        You'd probably also have some luck with a few of the bars where Hwy 5 turns into West 7th. You would be a quick shot to the airport. I'm not familiar with the area but know that there are bars around there.

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          Db Cooper Nov 4, 2011 11:57 AM

          There's a CHAMPPS in the strip mall where Highway 5 turns into West 7th. There's also The Starting Gate across the street, but I'd avoid that.

          If you up for a ten minute drive, go over to Mendota Heights (Highway 13) and you have Axel's or Lucky 13's. Both offer a wide variety of beer/drinks with decent apps.

          Cheers and safe travels to all involved.

          1. re: Db Cooper
            MSPD Nov 4, 2011 06:23 PM

            One note: The Starting Gate has been closed for a long time. It's "Ras Ethiopian".

            1. re: MSPD
              Db Cooper Nov 7, 2011 01:19 PM

              Shows you how often I look to my right when I drive by there! I'm usually trying to find my way to the left lane to get around a bus ..... I'll make note of it.

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              Bobannon Nov 4, 2011 06:37 PM

              There is a Lucky 13's 10 minutes in the other direction too....on 494, just west of 35W. The building used to be a Bennegins.

              I'd avoid the 5 8 Club. i think the food is terrible.

          2. msuspar10 Nov 4, 2011 08:16 PM

            Thanks all. We ended up going to Lucky 13s in Mendota Heights. Great Korean Beef Tacos. Will check out some of the other places in the future.

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              Db Cooper Nov 7, 2011 01:19 PM

              I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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              GutGrease Nov 7, 2011 12:45 PM

              I should have thought of the Lucky 13. Great suggestion. Where is the one west of 35W?

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              1. re: GutGrease
                Bobannon Nov 7, 2011 04:09 PM

                It used to be Bennegins. It's west of 35W, north of American Blvd, and south of 494 near the car dealerships and southtown bowl.

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