By John Garland
So, here’s an interesting new spot to grab a cocktail in style this summer: The University of Minnesota Campus Club has announced that happy hour (3pm-6pm, Monday-Friday) is now open through August to non-members.
Drink specials are $1 off rail drinks, tap beers, house cocktails and 1/2 price bottles of wine. And their bottle prices are pretty reasonable to begin with, so half-off brings them into no-brainer territory. Filon Garnacha is a favorite of mine—and for $15? That’s nearly retail price.
The real draw, here, is the view. The lounge and terrace on the fourth floor of Coffmann Memorial Union has spectacular views of the Mississippi River and downtown Minneapolis. And if you’re up for an early dinner, you should really take advantage of their food menu. I’d put Campus Club’s executive chef Beth Jones right up there on the list of amazing Twin Cities chefs the average diner doesn’t know about. Food specials Monday through Wednesday include $1 off snacks like fried chickpeas and rosemary brown sugar nuts, to large plates like bistro fries, nachos and fried plantains.
Park in the East River Parking Garage adjacent to Coffman, or take the new Green Line (starting a week from Saturday!) to the East Bank Station.
UMN Campus Club, 4th Floor, 300 Washington Ave. SE., Minneapolis, MN.