The service industry is tough. Double shifts, rude customers, grill burns. Rightfully, when chefs, servers, bartenders and bouncers are off the clock, they like to play hard. In the spirit of restaurant camaraderie, many establishments offer specials strictly for service-industry employees. Flash your pay stub for a price break at these bars and restaurants.
2549 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. • 612-872-8893 • www.thebulldoguptown.com
As the Sunday-funday crews start to fade by early evening, this pub placates industry folk who have the ability to sleep it off Monday morning. Sundays starting at 7 p.m., bar and restaurant workers are welcomed with 20 percent off drinks. It runs until 2 a.m., so even those working the dinner shift should be able pop in for a pint.
119 Washington Av. N., Mpls. • 612-338-8484 • www.haute-dish.com
While anyone can partake in Monday meat raffles at this downtown Minneapolis eatery (buy an entree to enter), off-duty cooks and barkeeps can unwind on the cheap. From open to 10 p.m. Monday, service staffers can enjoy 15 percent tab reductions as well as $3 PBR and Premium tallboys and $5 Jamesons.
Stanley’s Northeast Bar Room
2500 University Av. NE., Mpls. • 612-788-2529 • www.stanleysbarroom.com
This beer bar doubles up on its service-industry appreciation. Sunday and Monday nights from 8 p.m. to close, Stanley’s offers punched-out compatriots $2 domestic bottles, $3 Grain Belt taps and select shots, and $4 shots of Jameson and Grand Marnier. As a bonus, Monday’s all-day, half-price burger special (with drink purchase) is open to all.