Deals: Doomtree Blowout specials

MICHAEL RIETMULDER | Updated 12/11/2013

Get bangarang blotto with this Blowout IX deals.

The Depot Tavern on 7th Street in downtown Minneapolis
Leslie Plesser

Doomtree devotees will fill First Avenue this weekend (and the Triple Rock on Thursday) for the hip-hop collective’s ninth annual Blowout shows. These are perennially some of the liveliest local hip-hop gigs of the year, and there’s no shame in your pre-game beforehand. Especially when reaping these specials.

 

Depot Tavern

17 N. 7th St., Mpls. • 612-612-338-1828 • www.thedepottavern.com

Proximity to First Ave’s doors isn’t the only thing making the Depot a pre-show no-brainer. The club’s adjacent bar offers $3.50 tallboys daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., perfect for Friday’s (9 p.m.) and Saturday’s (8 p.m.) door times. Consider an after-show return for more midnight-to-close deals.

 

The Loon Cafe

500 1st Av. N., Mpls. • 612-332-8342 • www.looncafe.com

This longtime sports bar isn’t only a solid event-day spot for jersey-clad jocks. Surely the indi­est concertgoers and sports fans alike can appreciate the Loon’s most Minneapolitan of specials — $3 Grain Belt products, all day every day. It might be tempting to bridge the gap between the bar’s weekday 3:30-6:30 p.m. happy hour and Friday’s door time, but use caution.

 

Dan Kelly’s Bar & Grill

212 S. 7th St., Mpls. • 612-333-2644 • www.dankellys.net

If you don’t mind downing domestics or walking a few blocks, this Irish pub can get you loose on the cheap ahead of Friday and Saturday’s “Bangarang”-a-thons. From 6 p.m. to midnight, 20-ounce select domestic taps fetch a mere $2.75. With the money saved, you could even spring for an ultra-wussy four-block cab ride.