Deals: Happy hour at 3 new bars

MICHAEL RIETMULDER | Updated 10/21/2013

Check out these brand-new watering holes on the cheap.

The 56-foot bar at Eat Street Buddha Kitchen.
Renee Jones Schneider

Exploring new bars and restaurants can be a lot like dating. You don’t always want to commit to more than one drink before knowing they don’t live in their parents’ basement (or whatever the restaurant equivalent is). But happy hour can be a great way to see if you and these weeks-old joints are a good match.

Eat Street Buddha Kitchen & Lounge

2550 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls. • 612-886-2468 • www.eatstreetbuddha.com

Asian fusion fans with post-Azia abandonment issues might strike a rebound romance with the similar Buddha Kitchen, which recently moved into Azia’s old space. Daily happy hours, including 3-6 p.m. weekdays, make for great first dates. Take $3 wells, house wines and select beer and $2 off other wines and cocktails, and $2-$9 eats.

Ray J’s American Grill

500 Central Av. SE., Mpls. • 612-836-7505 • www.ray-js.com

“Family-owned Minneapolis bar seeks casual encounter with M/F to crush chicken wings and drink any of 32 tap beers while watching sports.” If this personals ad would get you posing for a fresh selfie, consider courting the new sister bar to the Woodbury Ray J’s. Get acquainted over $1-off drinks and $3-off flatbreads and most apps from 3-6 p.m. weekdays and 10 p.m.-midnight Sunday to Thursday.

Seventh Street Social

2176 W. 7th St., St. Paul • 651-330-4688 • www.seventhstreetsocial.com

St. Paulites looking for love in the food and drink department might check out this new Highland hangout. Enjoy select $3 beers, $4 house wine and rails weekdays from 4-6 p.m. and 10 p.m.-midnight (plus $2-$5 food specials 4-6 p.m.). Sure, you could stay home and order pizza in your sweats, but you’ll never know what you’re missing.