Minnesotans are a thrifty lot and buffets seem to do well in the Northland. But rarely do we see establishments with all-you-can-drink specials. Lately, three area restaurants have been offering bottomless mimosas with brunch with great success. Another restaurant offers bottomless house wine any day of the week. Finally, a local college bar packs them in for all the beer you can drink late Thursday night. Take a look at these following five best places in Minnesota if you appreciate a good value on drinks.

Al Vento (Credit, Robin Johnson)

Al Vento
5001 S. 34th Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55417
(612) 724-3009

Catch the Boozie Brunch featuring choice of bottomless bloody Marys, mimosas, screwdrivers or non-alcoholic drinks. Bottomless mimosas with a European-style buffet never tasted better. The flavor of Champagne and orange juice complement the breakfast items on this buffet, which include Eggs Florentine, pancakes, waffles, fresh fruit, pastries and a chocolate fondue fountain. Try the bloody Mary with a rich lunch of sausage, meat, house-smoked fish, roasted potatoes, cheese, pasta, salad and other items that rotate on a weekly basis.

D’Amico & Sons
975 Grand Ave., Suite D
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 227-9933

Order a house wine any day and time. Choose between Chianti or Pinot Grigio and enjoy your meal as the wait staff pays attention to keeping your glass full. Hot summer days may call for a different strategy. Order a mini pitcher of basil lemonade and have plenty to sip with your summer salad. D’Amico & Sons has been an institution in the Twin Cities ever since the sons moved to Minneapolis in 1987.

Loring Kitchen & Bar
1359 Willow St.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 843-0400

Loring Kitchen makes Eggs Benedict for every taste. In addition to poached eggs with maple ham and hollandaise, try your eggs with biscuits and gravy. Spice up your huevos with braised pork, avocado and black beans covered with roasted poblano tomatillo hollandaise. Seafood lovers can jump into Eggs Benedict with jumbo crab and Pommodarchio tomato hollandaise. All orders include English muffins with a side of creamy hash browns. Be sure to take advantage of the bottomless mimosas because this is not a buffet and the wait for your food is more tolerable when everyone is feeling mellow.

Lush Food Bar (Credit, Robin Johnson)

Lush Food Bar
990 Central Ave. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 208-0358

Get started on a mimosa before settling into your favorite selection of a breakfast entree that could be French toast, eggs, quesadillas, Benedicts, burgers or grilled salmon. Boozy brunch mimosas are charitable with Champagne and easy on the orange juice. The servers are attentive to refilling glasses before they are empty and the place starts to rock by noon with a lively mix of eclectic brunch munchers.

Stub & Herb’s
227 S.E. Oak St.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
(612) 379-0555

Another tactic for cheap drinks is Kill The Keg Thursday at Stub and Herb’s. For only $7, you can drink beer beginning at 8 p.m. and ending at 1 a.m. or until the kegs are gone. The later the hour, the less the choice, but it is always good to get out of a rut and try a different beer. This forever-young-septuagenarian institution at Oak & Washington attracts a lot of University of Minnesota students for a cheap drink and filling food. Alumni make it a point to stop here before and after Gopher games where the wait staff is amazingly efficient in delivering a lot of drinks on short notice.

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.