As the nefarious Mother Nature begins to release her icy death grip on the Twin Cities, life in tundra town is returning to normal. No more hibernating, tossing boiling water into the air or seeing nasty frostbitten appendages in our Facebook feed. Instead we can get back to the things we love, such as going out for a drink. Do so for cheap with these happy hours.
1600 W. Lake St., Mpls. • 612-827-5710 • www. barbette.com
With temperatures supposedly creeping up into the 30s, it’s time to break out the beachwear (or at least leave the house again). Head to this French bistro for $3 PBRs; $4 select taps, house wine and cocktails, and $5 appetizers from 3-6 p.m. weekdays and 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.
815 E. Hennepin Av., Mpls. • 612-331-0031 • www.elisfoodandcocktails.com
Certainly the ability to step outside without your skin freezing in a matter of minutes is worth celebrating. Raise a glass to the reprieve from painfully cold weather with a dollar off all drinks at Eli’s East weekdays from 3-6 p.m. Since you’re saving a buck, why not mark this occasion with a top-shelf toast?
858 Payne Av., St. Paul • 651-348-8181 • www.ward6stpaul.com
No matter what the thermometer says, this East Side gastropub is always filled with warm vibes (not to mention a legit local beer list). But with brutal conditions easing up, the ride there shouldn’t be devastatingly cold [crosses fingers, knocks on wood, prays to every god ever]. Stop in from 4-6 p.m. weekdays for $2 Hamm’s and $3 pints, house wine and rail drinks.