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Best After-Work Happy Hours In The Twin Cities

December 20, 2010 8:00 AM

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Fuji Ya

(credit: Crystal Grobe)

Happy hours are great time to socialize with co-workers, meet up with friends or just enjoy some food and drinks on the cheap. Plenty of restaurants offer happy hours, but not all are a good value. Here are some great happy hours that don’t just serve watered down drinks and fried food. 

Fuji Ya

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Fuji Ya

600 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Happy Hour:
Tuesday-Thursday: 5-7 p.m. & 10 p.m. – midnight
8-10 p.m. Sunday

Fuji Ya’s happy hour is a bit longer than most, going until 7 p.m. which makes it convenient for those of us who have to stay at work until 5 p.m. Sushi and appetizers are on deep discount, so munch on spicy tuna rolls, salmon nigiri and gyoza without having to watch your budget.

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Chino Latino

2916 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408-1954

Happy Hour:
Daily: 4:30-7 p.m. (bar & lounge)
Sunday – Thursday: 10:30 p.m. – 12 a.m. (anywhere in the restaurant)

Avoiding the late night crowd at Chino Latino? Then head to their after work happy hour and enjoy $3 nachos and empanadas. Wash it all down with Donkey Punch or a $3.50 well drink.

Kafe 421

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Kafe 421

421 14th Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Happy Hour:
Monday – Thursday: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

If you are looking for a quiet happy hour to enjoy a glass of wine and Mediterranean food, then Kafe 421 is the right spot for you. Pay just $3 for a glass of featured wine or beer and enjoy a choice of eight $5 appetizers like calamari, eggplant Milanese or baked feta and artichoke dip.

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Stella’s Fish Café

1400 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408

Happy Hour:
Monday-Friday: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sundays: Noon – 5 p.m.
Sunday-Thursday: 9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 10:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

*Specials not available on patio

Stella’s is a popular place and for good reason: they fly in fresh fish daily and have a plentiful supply of fresh oysters. The price tag for a night at Stella’s can get quite high unless you stop by during happy hour where appetizers are just $5.25, oysters are $1 a piece and drinks are 2 for 1. That’s right, fill up on peel-and-eat shrimp, ahi tuna crisps and champagne mussels for under $20.

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Great Waters Brewing Company

426 St. Peter Street
St. Paul, MN 55102

Happy Hour:
Monday-Friday: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Drinks & Small Plates)
Sunday-Friday 10 p.m. to close (Drinks only)
*Must sit on patio or in bar

Great Waters Brewery is a popular place before and after events at the Xcel Center like Minnesota Wild hockey games, but it also has a great happy hour. Get a pint of Great Waters brew for only $2.50 and snack on wings, nachos and mini corn dogs for only $5 a piece.

-Crystal Grobe is a local food blogger who writes the WCCO blog, Bite of Minnesota, focusing on fresh and local foods in the Twin Cities area. She is passionate about discovering great food and recipes and enjoys sharing those finds with others. Crystal also blogs at Café Cyan, City Pages and Twin Cities Food Finds where she talks about cooking, food events and restaurants.

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  • Holly

    We LOVE Kafe 421!!! Great food, atmosphere and owner Georgia always gives you a hug. It’s like coming home, for some wine and great food.

  • Jon

    Stella’s Is not a great place for appetizers after work. There are 200 other places that would top Stella’s for after work. I

  • Michell

    My spades partner loves Stella’s for dinner, but I have never heard of it. Maybe its time to check out.

  • JamieinMN

    ooooOOOOOOOOO, ONE St Paul location! Bravo…. :-/

  • Willow

    It would be nice if thety had some locations out in the suburbs for those who don’t want to pay for parking.

    • Willow

      Sorry, that should be they. I wish WCCO allowed editing.

  • Jetty

    Check out Cowboy Jack’s in Bloomington for a great happy hour. It is from 3-6 PM and 9-Midnite EVERY day of the week. $2 domestic taps, wine and rail drinks plus great food and appetizers discounted.

    • Johnnie

      Cowboy Jacks is by far the BEST priced happy hour for drinks and is pretty decent on food, parking can be difficult at times but it is free and you are allowed to leave a vehicle overnight if you have too much to drink. Taxis are waiting from about 6pm to 2am close daily.

  • Dawna

    The reason there is only one review of a Happy Hour place in St Paul is because no one is happy over there. Doh!

  • Pete

    Cowboy Jacks in Plymoth.Enjoy a Summit,V.O. and water or wine [and lots of other drinks for $2 3-6 P.M.Best deal in town and always eye-candy!

    • john

      worst reccomendation ever!

  • Joel

    Kona Grill in EP has an awesome happy hour. Good drink specials and $3-5 appetizers and Sushi. I think it’s from 3-6. Nice patio as well!

  • Hatin' on Pretension

    This article should be entitled: Best Yuppy and Trendy Happy Hours in Minneapolis.

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