Keeping up with the name of the restaurant at the corner of Lagoon and Hennepin avenues can be challenging. But the deals at the Zeno-turned-Fusion-turned-Social House locale are steadier than its signage. Every day from 4 to 6 p.m. (and 9 p.m. to midnight Mon.-Wed.) the eatery serves half-priced drinks, starters and select maki rolls, along with $4 house sake and wine.
Uptown Tavern & Rooftop
- 1400 Lagoon Av., Mpls.
- 612-824-3333 www.uptowntavernmpls.com
Despite the rebranding of the former Drink, Uptown Tavern's myriad promotions and specials, including a Thursday beer pong party, indicate they'll continue catering to a frat-house clientele. But bargain drinkers of all stripes can appreciate $2 import and specialty taps from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturdays, or a $3 weekend Bloody Mary bar (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Plus, if you can stomach the smell of Axe and Jäger-bombs, that rooftop big screen ain't bad on game day.
It was a sad day when the Seven Corners staple Bullwinkle's was shuttered last year. But new ownership has revived the working-class watering hole, now called Bullwinkle Saloon. While other specials are in the works, a 4-7 p.m. weekday happy hour featuring $1-off drinks and $2-off apps will do just fine. Late-night carousers can pop in for two-for-one domestics and rails from 9 p.m. to midnight Mon.-Thu.