Even the most ardent vegetarians have to admit there’s nothing quite like that classic steakhouse swagger. If filet traders were mid-aughts rap stars, they’d be poppin’ their collars, boasting of elegant service and penning fusion diss tracks (chophoused and screwed?). A primo cut might cost a pretty penny, but it doesn’t take much to soak up steak-joint style during happy hour.
1928 University Av. NE., Mpls. • 612-789-7297 • www.jaxcafe.com
Proving more timeless than Bone Crusher (“I ain’t never scared!”), Jax has kept its cool since opening after Prohibition ended in 1933. Saunter into the distinguished 80-year-old supper club between 3:30 and 6 p.m. daily or 9-10 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and enjoy select $3 domestic bottles, $4 pints or $5 wines and cocktails barside or on the patio.
26 S. 6th St., Mpls. • 612-339-0909 • www.murraysrestaurant.com
With a name like Murray’s, this time-tested upscale steakhouse could just as easily be a dirty-glass dive bar. Thankfully, the Silver Butter Knife slingers are a classy bunch and prefer porterhouses to warm PBRs. Still, those on dive-bar budgets can take advantage of $4 taps, $5 select wines and half-price rails and select apps weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m.
Kincaid’s St. Paul
380 St. Peter St., St. Paul • 651-602-9000 • www.kincaids.com
No need to save this downtown St. Paul steak and seafood restaurant for a special-occasion splurge. Post up in the lounge for happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close Monday through Saturday and all day Sunday to enjoy select $4 taps and wines, $5 cocktails and discounted apps.