The Bulldog N.E.
The Bulldog N.E. takes the average neighborhood bar to the next level. They have over two dozen beers on tap and the expansive menu features fourteen different burgers, all made with Kobe beef. What the Bulldog is really known for, however, are their hot dogs and tater tots, which can make even the most mature 30-something feel like a kid again. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Bar Lurcat is the place throngs of young professionals head for happy hour or a pre- or post- dinner cocktail. They feature an impressive wine and beverage list, decadent dessert menu and some of the Twin Cities best “bar” food. However, Bar Lurcat is best known for its people watching possibilities. Get there early to get your prime viewing place. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday through Saturday; 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Chino Latino serves cuisine from the hot countries in a red-hued room designed to make you feel warm and toasty. The so-called “little plates” are sized to share. The drinks are sophisticated but strong. They have one of the Twin Cities best happy hours, and the people watching isn’t bad either. Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday through Saturday, 4:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
O’Donovan’s Irish Pub
700 1st Avenue N
Minneapolis, MN 55403
O’Donovan’s downtown Minneapolis location makes it a hot spot for happy hour (the $4 pints and $3 appetizers doesn’t hurt either). The warm and welcoming woodwork and inviting stone fireplace make it a cozy place to have a drink. Don’t be put off by the small size when you walk in the door. The place really spreads out once you get inside. Hours: Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Because of its close proximity to Target Field, Bar 508 is best known as a sports bar. That may be true on game night, but any other time of the week the place is hopping with people who are just out to have a good time. With better than average bar food, multiple pool tables and a decent sized dance floor, Bar 508 is a great place to do just that. Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday, 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.