Usually, the best seating, the best service and the best prices can be found at late-night happy hours. While many restaurants seek to entice late-hour patrons to taste their wares with these specials, here are the five metro establishments offering unsurpassed food, drink and price. See other recommendations at Best Late-Night Happy Hours In The Twin Cities.
Masu Sushi and Robata
330 E. Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Happy Hour: Monday thru Friday 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday thru Thursday 10 p.m. to 12 a.m., Sunday 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
“Masu Sushi and Robata in Northeast Minneapolis is great,” says Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce Communications & Event Specialist Sheila Skelley, adding, “It’s pretty rare to get sushi and sake at these prices and it’s great quality.” It figures that the owner of one of the country’s largest purveyors of fresh fish, Sushi Avenue, is behind the creation of this innovative, contemporary and Japanese-chic restaurant concept. As it turns out, late-night happy hour is a better time to take advantage of the good food, drink and service at this popular, packed and often noisy restaurant.
1834 Saint Clair Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
Happy Hour: Every day from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.
The Groveland is a nice neighborhood tavern with first-rate bar food and interesting decor. But it may also be the best in St. Paul for late-night happy hour. The kitchen is open until midnight and the appetizers are half priced. Parsimonious patrons can save a lot with $2.50 for Summit beer or $3 to $4 on certain brews selected from the 40 or so available on tap. Check out the chalkboards for the selections.
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201 E. Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Happy Hour: Sunday thru Friday 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday thru Thursday 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Free street parking and very reasonable prices after 10 p.m. make this a definite last stop after a night on the town. While this Asian fusion-style restaurant features many great dishes of Thailand, Vietnam and China, the late-night burgers are a real treat at a good price. Ginger offers many different ways to enjoy the evening with the elegant bar of wood trim and high ceilings. Its dining room is decorated beautifully in occidental theme. Enjoy the outdoor patio right on the corner of East Hennepin and Second Avenue.
Los Ocampo Restaurant & Bar
1751 Suburban Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55106
Happy Hour: Every day from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m. except event nights
Authentic Mexican cuisine never tasted better with great happy hour prices for food and drink. Los Ocampo takes pride in its flavorful fare enhanced with cilantro, cumin, marjoram, thyme, fresh fruits and nutritious vegetables in every dish. During happy hour, take two dollars off any appetizer order over six dollars. Domestic pint beer is $2.50, import pint beer is $3, house tequila, rum and vodka are $3, the classic margarita is $3.99 and house wines are $3.99.
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George & The Dragon
813 W. 50th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Happy Hour: Monday through Thursday 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Just as the English pub serves as the social center of the community, so has George & the Dragon become the people’s pick only two years after opening in the Lynnhurst neighborhood of south Minneapolis. Late-night happy hour is no exception. Finnigans for $1.50 has to be the greatest value in the metro. Craft beer on tap is also a great price at $3.
Robin Johnson was born in Annandale, Minn. and graduated from Richfield High School and then the University of Minnesota where he studied Political Science, Business and Industrial Relations. A writer for Examiner.com, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at Examiner.com.