Edit ModuleShow Tags

DeRushaEats: Best Happy Hour In Downtown Minneapolis



Published:

Photo by Jason DeRusha

Last night my wife and I took our two sons to a Twins game and we arrived early, but not super-early. So we didn't want to eat dinner inside Target Field, but we didn't have time for a long sit-down dinner either.

Right by the Ramp A parking ramp downtown is First Avenue. And right next to First Avenue is (as far as I know) the best Happy Hour deal in the center of downtown Minneapolis.

The Depot Tavern, not to be confused with The Depot in Minneapolis, the event space, is great! From 3-6 p.m., domestic tap beer is $3, the craft stuff is $4, and all the small appetizers are half-price.

We ordered a couple Fulton Sweet Child of Vines, got the kids grape soda, and dug into some really nice small plates. The poutine is one of the best I've had in town—with the perfect Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery cheese curds, a not-too-salty-beef gravy, on some really delicious hand-cut french fries. The fries were crispy, the curds were melty, it was really great!

The Thai Turkey Skewer lettuce wraps were also pretty good ($4 at happy hour), although I don't know why the turkey needed to be on a skewer, in a piece of lettuce. They sat a little too long, because the warmth of the turkey (in a round, oversized meatball, essentially) did wilt the lettuce a bit. Still, the flavors were good and my kids enjoyed them!

The food is good, the drinks are a bargain, and the location is ideal. Also, as we looked at the card listing the upcoming shows, I got to explain to my 8 and 6-year-old sons who the band Gwar is, so if that doesn't make me the father of the year, I'm not sure what else I can do.

Kids GWARing

Kids GWARing. Photo by Jason DeRusha.

Next time you're at Target Center for an event, or just looking for a place to unwind after a hard day's work, put The Depot Tavern on your list. Is there a better happy hour downtown? If so—I don't know about it!

The Depot Tavern
thedepottavern.com
17 N. 7th Street
Minneapolis

Edit ModuleShow Tags

About This Blog

Minnesota Monthly's Taste Blog answers your restaurant and dining questions, dishes on latest discoveries, reflects on breaking news, and generally brings the plate to the page with a skilled crew of experts: Learn more about the Taste bloggers.

Have a food-related question? Email rhutton@mnmo.com

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Taste Blog

3 Things to Eat This Week: April 4-8

Tropical cake, drinkable flowers, and some mouth-searing spice

Edina Bistro Celebrates National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day

Pinstripes offers a sophisticated twist on the childhood favorite with a five-course meal for two in honor of PB&J Day (April 2)

Croque Madame Recipe

Add a French accent to your brunch for a satisfying midday meal—plus more ideas to make the most of leftover holiday ham

Avocado Hummus Recipe

Guacamole and hummus team up to make one creamy, healthy dip

Fennel-Roasted Fish Fillet with Spring Vegetables à la Vapeur and Potato Puree Recipes


Skip the fish-fry—a sophisticated fish dinner with fresh vegetables and flavorful potato puree is easy to make at home

DeRusha's 8 Best Twin Cities Sports Bars

Why watch the game over food you don't love? Food critic Jason DeRusha lists eight of the top sports bars in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Oatmeal Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Fresh, homemade bread is faster and easier than you think with dough that mixes in five minutes and needs no time to rise

Hello Pizza Turns 5, Ann Kim Short-listed for James Beard Award

Hello Pizza might have middle-child syndrome next to Ann Kim's other pizza shops—but this is what makes it worth revisiting

2018 James Beard Award Finalists

Minnesota chefs stay prominent in the James Beard shortlist
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags