As baseball’s elite are set to gather at Target Field for Tuesday’s All-Star Game, we couldn’t help but think about happy hours that consistently perform above average — those clutch bar bargains for when you need after-work food and drink without blowing your weekend cash. Look no further than these all-star specials.
119 Washington Av. N., Mpls. • 612-338-8484
This North Loop gastro-heaven’s beer-and-burger combo is the stud power hitter of bar specials. Enjoy one of the Twin Cities’ best burgers plus a select tap beer for $10 weekdays from 4-6 p.m. It’s such a good value that we weren’t even mad when Haute Dish recently renegotiated the deal (those fries sprinkled with dehydrated ketchup now cost extra).
Oceanaire Seafood Room
50 S. 6th St., Mpls. • 612-333-2277 • www.theoceanaire.com
Like an ace pitcher going late into the game, this high-end seafood joint extends its weekday happy hour till 7 p.m. — commendable in downtown Minneapolis. Oceanaire’s select $4 taps, $5 wines, $6-$7 cocktails and $5-$7 eats are a guaranteed quality start to the night. Dig into these bar- and patio-only deals from 4-7 p.m. weekdays, 9 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday and 8 p.m. to close Sunday.
221 Cedar Av. S., Mpls. • 612-338-6146 • www.republicmn.com
Having a deadly tap list is a huge tease when only three beers you don’t want to drink are on special. But this MVP-caliber beer bar drops the price of all its brews by $2 from 4-6 p.m. daily and 10 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday (take $3 rails and house wine, too). A solid $6 burger FTW.