Most happy hours are designed for people who work standard hours and want a drink after work.  Not everyone works a traditional job, so dining establishments have started to offer late night happy hours.  Here are five places to check out if you have a late bedtime.

508 Bar & Restaurant

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508 Bar & Restaurant

508 1st Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 339-0036

Happy Hour:
Monday – Thursday:  9 p.m. – midnight
*not available during Target Field/Target Center events

With specials every day of the week, 508 also has a standard late-night happy hour menu that boasts 1/2 price taps, rails and house wines along with $5 martinis and $5 select appetizers.  Don’t miss the Buffalo Chicken Wontons, a unique twist on buffalo wings and cream cheese wontons or the Truffled Aioli Flatbread, which is sure to brighten your taste buds.

Corner Table

4257 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55409

Now, this isn’t really a happy hour, but it is guaranteed to make you happy if you are one of the lucky ones to score a burger.  Every Friday night, Scott Pampuch, chef and owner of Corner Table prepares 10 special mini burgers using ingredients from local farms and offers them up to diners at 10 p.m.  Grab a glass of wine and prepare to get lucky.

The Bulldog – Lowertown

237 East Sixth Street
St. Paul, MN 55101

Happy Hour:
Monday-Thursday 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. & 11 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Friday 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Sister to The Bulldog NE, the Lowertown location has carved out a little niche on the east side of the Twin Cities and is buzzing with activity.  During happy hour, you’ll only get a buck off pints, wells, and domestic bottles, but the savings kick in with half-priced appetizers!  Spicy jalapeno crab dip, nachos and quesadillas all ring around $4 and you can’t beat a robust Bavarian pretzel for $2.25, even at the mall.

Green Mill

Various Twin Cities Locations

Happy Hour:
Daily:  3 p.m. – 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. – midnight

Green Mill may not top your list for a fancy night out, but the late night happy hour has helped many retail workers wind down after a long day of helping customers.  Each location offers a slightly different  happy hour menu, but most can agree on $3 tall tap beers, rail drinks and house wine along with appetizers and pizza specials.

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900 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Happy Hour:
Monday – Friday:  5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday – Thursday:  9 p.m. – midnight
Friday & Saturday:  10 p.m. – midnight

Solera offers a wide array of authentic Spanish tapas and with a meticulous chef like J.P. Samuelson at the helm, you are sure to enjoy great food. Solera’s late-night happy hour gives diners a chance to sample the menu on the cheap. Most items are priced between $2 and $4 and include marinated olives, empanadas and beef shortribs. Add a pitcher of sangria and you just might forget you’re in Minneapolis.

-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.