By: Anthony Brousseau
Whether you’re grabbing an after-work drink or looking for an affordable date night, City Lakes has plenty of great happy hour options. We’ve picked some standouts below, so grab a seat at the bar, order a drink and some apps and don't sweat the bill.
Call ahead or go online to check for menu and/or pricing updates at our suggested happy hour locations.
Daily 4-6 p.m. & 11p.m.-1 a.m., limited menu happy hour from 2:30-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
With extended weekend hours, this is one of the more consumer-friendly happy hours in the area. Visit from 4-6 p.m. on weekdays or 2:30-6 p.m. on weekends for $3.50 taps, $5 for a glass of house wine (or $20 for a bottle) and a bevy of appetizers including oysters ($2.50 each) and smoked chicken liver pate with bacon marmalade ($8)—not your typical happy hour fare.
They also serve up a unique $5 cocktail each day during happy hour. When we visited, the What Happens in Costa Rica was on offer—white rum, cointreau, coconut and lime.
Nightingale is the perfect happy hour date spot—the upscale atmosphere will make you feel much fancier than the affordable prices imply.
Our recommendation: Grab a burger for $10—a thick beef patty is served California style with tomato, lettuce and aioli. It’s fresh, filling and comes with a side of fries. Add on a Hamm’s for only $1 and relive the days of your youth.
Lake and Irving
Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m.
One of our editors recently selected Lake and Irving’s burger as the best in the city. While you won’t find that on the happy hour menu, you can choose from unique options like furikake chicken (think Japanese fried chicken), barn burner fries (featuring super-hot ghost chili aioli and cayenne pepper powder) or fried brussels sprouts.
On the drink side, you can’t go wrong with a $4 Size 7, the flagship beer of St. Louis Park brewery Steel Toe. House wines are also on special for $6, and if you're looking to cut loose after a long workday, order up a couple of Slammy Hagars—a tequila shot with pineapple juice and Pacifico, 2 for $10.
Happy hour fills up fast, so try to get there early and beat the dinner rush.
Our recommendation: An order of furikake chicken goes great with crisp, flavorful truffle fries (and at $6 for each dish, you’re getting a full meal for a great price). Wash it down with a Size 7 for an authentic City South experience.
Other happy hour options in City South
Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m., daily 10 p.m.-close
$3 domestic pints, rails & house wines
Chips & queso
Walking taco: Seasoned ground beef, lettuce, tomato, salsa, sour cream, cotija served in a doritos bag
Beef or chicken taco: Flour tortilla, chipotle lime crema, cotija, pico de gallo, radish, cilantro, tortilla chips, salsa
Sea salt pretzels
Pimento cheese sauce
Chicken tenders served with crinkle fries and one choice of dipping sauce; extra dipping sauce .75
1/4 lb cheeseburger served with crinkle fries. Choice of american, pepper jack, swiss, cheddar or gouda
Cheddar waffle fries topped with melted cheddar, bacon and sour cream
Beef or chicken nachos: Tortilla chips, pimento cheese sauce, lettuce, pico de gallo, hot peppers, sour cream, salsa
Flatbread: Choice of pepperoni, pesto, margherita, or buffalo chicken
Wings: Choice of jamaican dry rub, chili dry rub, buffalo or thai chili served with one dipping sauce; extra dipping sauce .75
Any 12” single topping pizza; extra toppings 2.50 each
McCoy’s Public House
Monday - Friday 3-6 p.m.
Saturday - Thursday 10 p.m.-midnight
Happy Hour drink prices All Day Sunday
All pints are $1 off regular price, all gippers are $1.50 off regular price
$3 pints of Coors Light & Miller Lite
Pints of the manager's choice draft
Pail of beer battered or sweet potato fries
House cabernet and chardonnay
Cheeseburger sliders and fries
Thai chicken, pepperoni, margherita or kitchen sink pizzas
Thai, rooster or buffalo wings
The Loop West End
Monday–Friday 2-6 p.m.
Sunday–Thursday 9 p.m.-12 a.m.
$2 off specialty cocktails
$2 off all draft beers
$2 off all wine by the glass
$4.50 premium rail drinks
$3 off pizzas and appetizers
Monday-Friday 3-6 p.m.
Sunday-Wednesday 10 p.m.-close
Spinach cheese dip
Chicken lettuce wraps
Fried chicken tenders
Onion ring tower
Wisconsin fried cheese curds
Moo shu egg rolls
Fried mac + cheese
Pepperoni & mushroom pizza
BBQ chicken pizza
The carnivore pizza
$2 off all draft beer, wine, spirits and cocktails
$3 off 9oz wine
$4 off half yards